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...
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.
|the kids enjoyed their kalesa ride, P150 for 1 hour, not bad right?|
So are you ready to be captivated by Vigan's magic?