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Monday, May 06, 2013

Cathedral of Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 3

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Whenever I travel and visit famous landmark or sites, my 1st list to visit is always the church of a local town. Here I went to Cathedral of Vigan formerly known as St Paul’s Cathedral, located infront of Plaza Salcedo. I noticed that the church is newly painted and when I went inside, I saw scaffolding blocking the church hallway, I just caught the renovation period of the church.

some info about the cathedral
”The St. Paul’s Cathedral is also known as the metropolitan Cathedral. It is considered a major religious landmark not only of northern Luzon but the country as well. Visitors must include a visit to the cathedral when in Vigan as it has been a center of Roman Catholic devotion for centuries.



The church as it stands now was completed in 1800. The original structure was built in 1574 upon thecommand of the Spanish founder of Vigan, Juan de Salcedo. It was a mere chapel then, made of wood and thatch. In 1641, the chapel was replaced by a church.

When the seat of the Nueva Segovia Diocese was transferred to Villa Fernandina de Vigan from Cagayan’s Lal-lo in 1758, the church was elevated to the status of a cathedral and became the center of Catholic faith in the north. Another structure was ordered by then Governor Jose de Basco to be built to replace the existing church in 1786. With the Augustinians, the cornerstone of the new church was laid in the beginning of 1790. “ more info at -- http://www.vigan.ph/st.paul_cathedral_vigan.html
Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
It was around 6pm that time, so I took a quick photo op with my blogger friends infront of the cathedral.



Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Whenever I go to big churches, I always make sure I visit the 2nd floor – the choir area and also the belfry, but here in my trip, I forgot to visit the belfry.

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Cathedral of Vigan and the moon

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
main front of the cathedral

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
the cathedral’s belfry

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Looking up…


Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
info about the cathedral

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
here’s my view after I entered the cathedral

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I walked more inside and took pic after the scaffolding

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
It’s big!! and a nice cathedral….. great work for maintaining it.

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
ohh super strict….


Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I went to the 2nd floor, the cathedral is closed that night,but you can still enter it and pray, but my agenda here is to take photos and also go up to the 2nd floor – which is my favorite place inside the church and best vantage point

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
after I arrive at the 2nd floor, I forgot about the scaffolding hahahaha… it blocks my view

Vigan Cathedral - photos by Azrael Coladilla
The renovation is not yet complete…the 2nd level shows some scraps from the renovation

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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 and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. 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 the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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