If you’re a fan of history and preservation, Vigan is the place to be. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a unique place in the Philippines, because aside from its immense space, it is only the only known surviving historic city that goes back to at least the 16th Spanish colonial period. It it’s so beautifully preserved and well taken care of that you’’ think you’re taken back in a time where both you and I are probably not born yet. The cultural elements is intact and you’ll get to learn a lot in a day by visiting and going around the city.
Let’s jump right in and talk about how Vigan is a treasure that both Filipinos and tourists alike will love. If you crave some fascinating look and firsthand immersion at the history of the time before, then you should head to Crisologo Museum. When I say that the way they preserved everything inside is just magnificent, I mean it is just amazing. You have to see it to believe it. From the rocking chairs that millennials may not even know of to the paintings and portraits of the family members, and even books and certificates are so delicately well taken care of that it puts some of us to shame when it comes to taking care of our own things. You’ll take a lot of time if you want to really enjoy and see everything inside, but it’s well worth it.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a nice stroll along the Calle Crisologo. If you fancy yourself a souvenir or two, or just want to talk to the locals to know more about the life in Vigan, you can also do that, but the best time is at night, when everything is closed and it’s just you, the quiet street, and feeling like you’re in a fairytale or something.
Of course those are not the only places you should go and visit when in Vigan. You should also add to the list the beautiful Mestizo District, St. Paul Cathedral, and Juan Luna shrine. Vigan is magical, and if I could just pack a bag and take a weekend vacation somewhere, it would be there.
Now when it’s about food, the famous Pinakbet and Empanada are the ones you should really try. If you’re a sweet tooth, then go for their Royal Bibingka. It’s very popular as it is one of Vigan’s specialties. It’s authentic and scrumptious that you’ll keep coming back for more. I would know, since I’ve tried their delicacies.
Vigan is an important part of our country and the history it holds within. If you’re thinking of going there, please be mindful of what you say and do.