The past may be devoid of high-tech gadgets and social networking sites but there is something about it that makes people want to relive its existence. Pay homage to the country’s colorful colonial past with a trip to Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For 3 days and 2 nights, make Vigan Cordillera Inn your lovely home away from home. This ancestral home-turned-inn has been lovingly preserved with its tasteful Spanish architecture and adorned with vintage furniture for a more timeless appeal. Retreat in old-fashioned comfort via antique four-poster beds in rooms that are well-appointed with modern conveniences, of course.
Have an authentic Vigan breakfast, care of the Inn, before you head off to historical wonderland. Don’t know where to set foot first? This northern escape includes an hour’s worth of Kalesa Tour around Vigan.
The decadence of the old world still reigns supreme in Vigan’s Mestizo District with its well-preserved Spanish houses and famous cobbled-stone streets. Right along Crisologo Street, pick up some genuine Ilocos finds like woven bayongs and native slippers at very affordable prices. Also find Ilocano talent equally interesting when you visit the Pagburnayan, a barangay that houses Vigan’s skilled potters known for the famous Ilocano jar called burnay. Amaze in the flourishing greenery, a treasure nestled inside the leisurely Hidden Garden which also features a snack bar in the middle. Get to know the wildlife of the northern Philippines at Baluarte, a mini-zoo in Salindeg. Climb the Bantayan Bell Tower made famous by the FPJ’s Panday film. Just ask your friendly manong kutsero about all the other places you can visit.
Never miss partaking in the celebrated delicacies of Vigan or the whole of Ilocos. Bring home some unforgettable Bagnet, Vigan Longanisa, chichacorn, and of course, the Vigan empanada. For dinner, visit elegant Café Leona for some authentic Pakbet. Get your hands on them and on other specialties at the Vigan Public Market.
Take a look at the country’s colorful history and be inspired to move on in the future via this exhilarating northern escape.