Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vigan Heritage Walk at Calle Crisologo


Calle Crisologo, Vigan Philippines

Vigan is the only Heritage City in the Philippines inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the only surviving colonial town in the country.  It is the capital of Ilocos Sur Province and located on the western coast of Luzon.



Vigan is around 400 kilometers from Manila; 80 kilometers from Laoag City and 140  kilometers from La Union. My whole family went there during Holy Week of 2012 and it took me 13 hours to drive from Subic to Vigan! Yeah, so many closed roads from La Union due to road repairs  which made me vow to take the plane next time.  Hopefully the repairs are done by now.




Calle Crisologo is a part of the Heritage Village, the most photographed part of the city. I've seen so many photos of this place and being there will really captivate you to get trigger happy and yet no pictures would be enough to capture how bewitching this city is, you just have to see it and  savor everything with your naked eye.  That being said, let me share some of my "unworthy" photos... 

Calle Crisologo, Vigan Philippines

Vehicles are not allowed in Calle Crisologo so the only vehicles you will see are the famous kalesas which adds  magic to the place. Stepping on its half-kilometer stretch of cobblestoned streets will bring you back to  18th century Spanish times, the well-preserved Spanish colonial houses are now mostly converted into antique shops and souvenir stores which will entice you to shop and good thing because their prices are reasonable.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan Philippines


the kids enjoying their calesa ride at Calle Crisologo, Vigan Philippines
the kids enjoyed their kalesa ride, P150 for 1 hour, not bad right?
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Calle Crisologo at night :

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Philippines
Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Philippines
with family

So are you ready to be captivated by Vigan's magic?



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22 comments:

  1. I sure miss Vigan. Was there predigicam age. I love the place and the food.

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  2. Liza Espiritu8/01/2012 2:34 PM

    it's as beautiful as what the photos showed.. i wanna visit and explore vigan again..

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    1. Hey thanks for dropping by T Liza! Yeah I saw your photos too, I wasn't able to go to laoag though, hope to visit it next time. ;)

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  3. i always love places where our rich cultural heritage can be experienced and one that take me to another time. awww!! always wanted to visit Vigan - Ilocos...

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  4. Vigan looks so nice! It reminded me of the Spanish times, kind of like a better view of Intramuros. Lol.

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  5. vi, dont forget to vote vigan for the new 7 wonders cities :))

    n7w.com
    cheers!

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    1. oops yeah thanks for reminding me! I will put the link at the end of this post so the readers can vote too. thanks Edmar! ;)

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  6. i remember the kalesa ride but my most memorable vigan experience is haggling with the salespeople and getting good bargains... was tough because I need to buy a lot of items to get the lowest price possible but i have lots of people to give "pasalubong" to and all in all, i still saved a lot! LOL!

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  7. Vigan is truly a world class heritage city.

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  8. Beautiful place, it's like traveling back in time..

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  9. beautiful shots again vigan is a timeless place

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  10. If there is Little China in Chinatown, Binonda then Vigan is definitely Little Spain. I wish to visit Vigan soon not only because of the historical places but also because of the food.

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  11. You had me at the first picture. Vigan is definitely one place I'm visiting next year. Your pictures made me wish I could just fast forward time.

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  12. I have been hearing a lot of beautiful words about Vigan. This is truly a beautiful place and included in my travel list.

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  13. it sure is a beautiful place... it's like you got out of a time machine and travel back in time... hope we preserve this place as it is and do what is needed to be repaired. Yahweh bless.

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  14. The colonial houses are quite beautiful, a real touch of history

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  15. Wow!!I'm very like to visit those historical houses...like as what I see

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  16. i've always wanted to go to vigan but i've never really had the chance to go.
    i guess it's through your pictures and those from the others that i'd see colonial houses.. for now. :)

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  17. I haven't been to Vigan. I can see in pictures though that it's a great place to visit and spend the family's vacation.

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  18. I never been to Vigan, hope to visit that beautiful place soon.

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  19. I heard a lot about Vigan and I want to see for myself how beautiful Vigan is. This place looks outside the Philippines! :)

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  20. I so missing the calesa... the last time i took a calesa ride was almost 2 decades ago... :D

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