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.
Sympre, I should do a panoramic photo shoot first using my iPhone4s.
Max restaurant will greet you first when you enter Calle Crisologo
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.
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
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.
Behind me is an old house with weather torn walls, you can see some cemented paste on the walls to cover up some damage.
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.
Lots of souvenir store are opened here in Calle Crisologo, there are also hotels, restaurants, and super club.
My view while sitting on the sidewalk, I absorb everything here in Calle Crisologo
All are in yellow light just to give a vintage ambiance
I think this is the only superclub here in Vigan
empty…. maybe foreigners love to hang out here
Its quiet and neat around Calle Crisologo.
tourist and locals
inside a souvenir store
mura na at sulit pa mga bilihin
here’s my photo buying my first loot
chicharon kayo dyan!!
Heritage Village administration office
I also spotted this memorabilia house, but it was closed when I arrived there
Lots of people come here at night
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
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,
Baluarte in Vigan City
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.
* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City
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Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1