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Monday, May 06, 2013

Party at Baluarte in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 6

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Baluarte at night

We’re back here in Baluarte to attend a despedida party for Gov. Chavit Singson, we’re bit clueless at first about the party, but we learned that it’s a party that was sched in the evening for all guest, volunteers and friends of Gov. Chavit Singson.

The plan was to have a dinner with the governor, it was a special invitation for us to have a dinner with him in a hotel in Vigan, but then all sched were changed and the governor forgot that there’s a party for him in the evening hehehe, it was okay and since we are staying downstairs, we also attend the party.

Above is a diorama light and sound of the tree of life set up on top of the golden citadel.

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Some of the guest watching the light and sound of the tree of life

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Pool area at the second level of Baluarte

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
star gazing at night….

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
After the show, program and dinner, we met up with Gov. Chavit and got a chance to have a chikahan moments with him. We saw him also his busy side as a governor, taking calls from his secretary for schedules of meetings and arranging flight back to Manila to meet up some consul and ambassadors.

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Gov. at work

Party at Baluarte in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
We also enjoyed the drinking spree and also Gov. showed to us from his iPad a photo of what’s inside his home – the golden citadel. He told us that the building is not yet complete and still undergo some construction, but other levels are already complete. Looking at the photos, it looks like a 5 star hotel.

We’re tried and tipsy that night ahhahaha.
so here’s our room below Baluarte.. its just a guest room with no room number but with a room name called President Erap Estrada ahahah.

That’s me using my laptop on the floor….and that’s Jeman and Jayl
btw. I love sleeping in the floor

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

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)

The blogger

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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