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Monday, May 06, 2013

Calle Crisologo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 5

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
My dream to visit Calle Crisologo is finally fulfilled, it’s the awesome street that will take you back in time and walked on historical and classic cobblestone road and around you are the centuries old structure and building that is present during the old Spanish era.

Calle Crisologo is the famous attraction and tourist spot here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Everyone go here to enjoy the classic scene and also take part on a journey on what’s like during the Spanish times. Tears of joy running down from my eyes, because I’m here and it’s a dream come true. UNESCO listed this to their World Heritage Site and also a UNESCO recognition award for Best Practice in World Heritage Management Award.



Been dreaming few years ago that I should visit this town and have a nice photo around the old city. Here’s my get up – shirt, pants and a tsinelas hahahaha. This street is also famous for photo shoot and film shooting with classic or vintage settings.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Sympre, I should do a panoramic photo shoot first using my iPhone4s.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Max restaurant will greet you first when you enter Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Café Leona, also this café greets you too…
All restaurant and stores are staying in the old houses in Calle Crisologo, all walls and windows are the same.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
There are some old houses are being restored using modern and strong materials, while others are being rehabilitated and others are closed due to deterioration


Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I super enjoyed it here, best time to go here is at night, the light and ambiance will illuminate a vintage feeling. Not sure if its good at day time.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Behind me is an old house with weather torn walls, you can see some cemented paste on the walls to cover up some damage.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
In Calle Crisologo, trikes and cars are not allowed to enter here, only the Kalesa are the allowed to roam the cobblestone street. While on the other side of the street, its already normal and cars can pass by outside Calle Crisologo.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Lots of souvenir store are opened here in Calle Crisologo, there are also hotels, restaurants, and super club.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
My view while sitting on the sidewalk, I absorb everything here in Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
The signage…


Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
All are in yellow light just to give a vintage ambiance

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I think this is the only superclub here in Vigan

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
empty…. maybe foreigners love to hang out here

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Its quiet and neat around Calle Crisologo.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
tourist and locals

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
inside a souvenir store

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
mura na at sulit pa mga bilihin

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
here’s my photo buying my first loot

Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
chicharon kayo dyan!!


Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Heritage Village administration office


Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I also spotted this memorabilia house, but it was closed when I arrived there


Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Lots of people come here at night
Calle Crisologo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
with blogger friends!
Finally!!! I’m here at Calle Crisologo!! yay!!!!

How to go here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
1. There are two travel options – ride the 8 hour bus from Manila to Ilocos Sur or ride the plane go Laoag City Airport in Ilocos Norte + 1 1/2 land travel to Vigan.

2. We went here via chartered plane of Gov. Chavit Singson, we landed at Vigan City airport, if you have a company trip and want to travel by air, you can try a chartered plane by Sea Air, just inquire to their office on how to get a chartered plane.

3. Air - Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph

4. By Land - The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
5. Getting Around - The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour per carriage. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph

6. If you are in Vigan City, there are lots of transportation, you can ride the tricycle or the “kalesa”, horse drawn carriage. The “kalesa” can be rented at Php 100 per hour.

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
http://www.vigancity.gov.ph/
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,

Baluarte in Vigan City

http://chavitsingson.net/baluarte/index.html
Opens - 7am-6pm eve
ryday, entrance is free
Tel # 6377-722-7186

Historic Town of Vigan @ UNESCO
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/502
 
Vigan.PH
http://www.vigan.ph


* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City

Read my complete Vigan travel blog series
for any questions or inquiries, feel free to email me at azrael@gmail.com

Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1

WIP - Dancing fountain of Plaza Salcedo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 2
Cathedral of Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 3
Plaza Burgos in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 4
Calle Crisologo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 5

Party at Baluarte in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 6

Inside Gov. Chavit Singson's home - Baluarte citadel in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 7
Animal encounters at Baluarte zoo in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 8

BurnayJar factory in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 9

Vigan Plaza Hotel - Ilocos Sur trip part 10

Hidden Garden in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 11

Syquia Mansion in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 12

St. Augustine Church in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 13

Bantayan Belfry in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 14

Café Leona in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 15

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Loom weaving - Ilocos Sur trip part 18

Mindoro Beach in Vigan - Ilocos Sur trip part 19 ( last series)

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Azrael Coladilla is the blogger of Azrael's Merryland. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is a full time blogger and photographer and freelance events organizer, social media specialist and marketing consultant. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves traveling, eating, watch movies, meet new people, photography and collects Transformers toys.

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