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Filipino Flashback Friday: Vigan City

Vigan City, Ilocos SurA bit of a history lesson…
March 16, 1521,  Ferdinand Magellan,  sighted the island of Samar Island, a large island located in the Visayas. Then in 1565 European colonization began and they formed the first European settlements in Cebu. Colonization of course spread all over the archipelago. Today, many of these Spanish colonial are gone due to wars, revolution, and age. However, one still stands and that historical town is called Vigan City.

 

Vigan City, Ilocos SurLocated on the western coast of Luzon, Vigan faces the South China Sea. It is the capital of Ilocos Sur province.

Vigan City's UNESCO SignIn 2007, Vigan City was listed by UNESCO as the best preserved example of Spanish colonial towns in Asia. Its architecture is the conglomeration of cultural elements from the Philippines, China, and Spain, making it unique to the rest of the world.

I hope to go back there someday and really experience it. We missed out on eating  Empanadas and riding a kalesa which are both a must! We did go shopping in the little shops and bought some souvenirs and even some antiques. We also went to Vigan Cathedral and listen to mass.

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

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3 responses

  1. ph0t0ch1ck

    What great photos~ That first one is breathtaking!!

    January 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    • Thanks!! It was hard getting good pictures since it was so cloudy and rainy!

      January 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      • ph0t0ch1ck

        Those are actually the best days to capture nice, rich colors! 🙂

        January 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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