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Monday, May 06, 2013

WIP - Dancing fountain of Plaza Salcedo in Vigan–Ilocos Sur trip part 2

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s my part 2 of my Ilocos Sur travel series, after the arrival in Vigan, we went to Baluarte to check in our things and chill out with the view and meet the animals in the zoo. Ate a yummy Empanada and chill out again. Then we were informed that we must proceed to Plaza Salcedo to meet Gov. Chavit and check out the project they are developing at the plaza.

I didn’t noticed Plaza Salcedo when we arrived there, because around the plaza is covered with this blue tarp and I just learned that the entire plaza is having a renovation and also re-developing the fountain and other structures in the plaza. Plaza Salcedo came from the name of a Spanish conqueror - Juan de Salcedo, he founded lots of Hispanic settlements in the Philippines.



Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Elpidio Quirino statue in Plaza Salcedo
He is the 6th President of the Philippines, he is born here in Vigan City. He brought back the economic state of the city after it was devastated by World War 2. At 16 year old, he was appointed as private secretary to Pres. Manuel Quezon. The statue stands infront of the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon.
Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Ilocos Sur Capitol is also located infront of Plaza Salcedo


Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
I found this city and monument minatures in Plaza Salcedo, almost not in good condition, I ‘m not sure if this is also being rehabilitated. Here’s the Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral


Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s the lonely Eiffel Tower

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
We went inside the construction of the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon, and we learned that they installed a state of the art light and fountain effects in the lagoon.

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s the back view of the lagoon

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Vigan Cathedral infront of the Plaza Salcedo
The plaza is a famous landmark in Vigan, lots of commercial establishment and restaurants are around this Plaza.


Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s Gov. Singson with a team of Korean developers who worked on the redevelopment of the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon.


Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
With the bloggers…including me…doing a Gangnam Style photo hahahaha.


Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Plaza Salcedo Obelisk
A focal point of the city’s urban Spanish design, this monument stand in the middle of the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon.

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
After the tour around the plaza, we spotted Gov. Singson went busy and met some of his people, he got busy as he reviews some paper and signs them, he also discussed something with the Ilocano inquirers.

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
Around Plaza Salcedo are the commercial establishments, here you see branches of fast food chains – like McDonalds for example, all structure must follow a building standard. The structures are in old Spanish time style. Love to go there at night because of the yellow light effect of the Spanish inspired building.

At first, my thought or rebuilding the entire plaza is not a good idea, because they removed the bridge going to the obelisk / monument in the middle of the plaza. Then I realize that the structure might be deteriorating already due to human contact, that’s why they removed the bridge and installed new fountain and light effects in the lagoon.

I checked an old photo of the lagoon and its still the same like the last time we visit

Plaza Salcedo
Old pic of Plaza Salcedo - photo by Estan Cabigas

and here’s the new look of the Plaza Salcedo with a completed lagoon with dancing light and fountain, they launched it already last March 2013.

Vigan Dancing Fountain at Plaza Salcedo
photo by Edmaration – more pics and video here in his blog - http://www.edmaration.com/2013/03/vigan-dancing-fountain-plaza-salcedo.html


Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
On my next post… is the Vigan Cathedral

Plaza Salcedo in Vigan - photos by Azrael Coladilla
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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