Vigan is a small town, but its funny that I got lost and all of my companions are nowhere to be found, after I went up to the 2nd floor of Cathedral of Vigan, then as went outside, all of them are gone hahhaha. I did a text blast and told them what is the next agenda and where is our meet up. Rey txted me that we should meet up in this hotel near in Plaza Burgos.
Plaza Burgos is just beside the cathedral and this plaza is named after the martyr Fr. Jose P. Burgos, one of the GomBurZa priest that was executed by the Spaniards.
I love this plaza, because there’s a bastketball court, playground for kids and lots of bench and trees around the plaza. This is also the spot for the kalesa and tricycle. Its easy to get lost but this is one of the main landmarks here in Vigan, its also close to Calle Crisologo.
So after I went here, I went back to the Church and search for Chowking, then I got lost hahahaha.
Tunnel playground and sand for kids
See saw, there’s also some slide and monkey bar playground near by
I’m glad that I took photos before night time comes, lucky to bring my tripod with me.
There’s the cathedral’s belfry near Plaza Burgos.
Its weird that it is located on the other side of the street away from the cathedral
Vigan Plaza Hotel infront of Plaza Burgos, we ere supposed to meet up here but the venue is changed to Chowking
Trees around Plaza Burgos.
spotted this dessert store called Dulcelise Dessert Shop infront of Plaza Burgos
Its cold inside and tempting to eat here
On the other side of Plaza Burgos is Calle Crisologo, now you can see the pasalubong store here in an old house set up.
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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