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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vigan Empanada - Ilocos Sur trip part 16

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
When in Vigan, you should try their specialty, and the Vigan Empanada is a must try and also must take home as your pasalubong. I have tried the Empanada in Ilocos Norte, but they say that the original is here in Vigan, the difference is that the color orange emapanda belongs to Ilocos Norte and then the color yellow empanada is the original Vigan Empanada.

There’s a vendor in Baluarte selling freshly cooked empanada to visitors, I invited my blogger friends to check out the vendor and also have a chat with them too.

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
We visited Empanada sa Baluarte store, and after we witness the process of making the empanada, we ordered some for take out.

They use that blue PVC pipe as their rolling pin to thin down the empanada mold. Then they will add veggies and a fresh egg, they will close the mold and throw it in a hot boiling oil.

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
It cooks so fast and you’ll see the cooked empanada floating in hot oil

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
Here’s the vendor continuously adding more egg to the veggies with flour.
You can buy the empanada for only Php35

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael ColadillaVigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
We also heard a story from the vendor that in Vigan, there are few makers of Vigan Empanada, the original makers are vanishing and they have a handful of makers of original Vigan Empanada, the one we visited here is one of the 2nd generation empanada makers. News that they are avoiding to share the techniques to others because there’s this incident that a business man offered work to this original empanada maker to put up a business in Manila. And then when the empanada business went boom! they fired the original empanada maker and went home penniless.. hmmm I wonder what Empanada store is that..

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
Also they make and sell freshly cooked Okoy

Vigan Empanada photos by Azrael Coladilla
It’s a patty made of seafood and veggies.
yummy din ito noh!

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
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
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
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

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)

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, Philippine Bloggers Network, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. Azrael's Merryland Blog is included in a list of top 50 Blogs in the Philippines , ranked 65th in Top 100 Blogs that Matter , 49 must read lifestyle blog in the Philippines. and rank 40th in 100 Top Philippine Blogs by Feedspot.
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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