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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Monday, May 06, 2013

Plaza Burgos in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 4

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
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.

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
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.

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Tunnel playground and sand for kids

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
See saw, there’s also some slide and monkey bar playground near by

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I’m glad that I took photos before night time comes, lucky to bring my tripod with me.

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
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

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Vigan Plaza Hotel infront of Plaza Burgos, we ere supposed to meet up here but the venue is changed to Chowking

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Trees around Plaza Burgos.

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
spotted this dessert store called Dulcelise Dessert Shop infront of Plaza Burgos

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Its cold inside and tempting to eat here Smile

Plaza Burgos in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
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

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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