It all Vigan here – Day One

October 30,2012

We left Manila via a Deluxe Partas Bus at around 10 in the evening of October 30, the bus ride costs 720 pesos. It was a good deal because the seats are very comfortable and it can be reclined as well. There is a total of three stop overs in a 12 hour bus ride but since we left late at night and driver seems to drive at maximum speed we arrived in Vigan City at around 6am.

We rode a tricycle going to Cordillera Family Inn, adjacent to Plaza Salcedo. After we checked in and freshed up, we headed to the dining hall and opted to eat one of Vigan’s specialties – The Vigan Longganisa paired with Sukang Iloko.

The dining hall of Cordillera Family Inn.
The condiments that include the infamous Sukang Iloko.
This is how our room looks like. (c) Tin Advincula

The lanai.
Some of the ruins you’ll find when you walk around the city..


The Corner of Quezon ave. (Vigan’s Commercial District) Though the city has its share of commercialization they made sure that every building pattern’s its structure with it’s colonial counterparts.


Plaza Leona stands as the gateway to Vigan’s Heritage Village – Named after poet and “The Mother of Philippine Women’s Literature”  – Leona Florentino.


Calle Crisologo, cobble – lined streets that is a part of The Vigan Heritage Village together with Calle Plaridel and named as UNESCO Heritage Site in 1997.


Me and my friend Angel buying some hats along Crisollogo Street. These hats costs us only 150 pesos. Other souvenir items are found in this area, as well and Vigan’s Famous Empanadas. (C) Tina Advincula



Plaza Salcedo, located in front of Vigan cathedral is named after Spanish Conquistador – Juan De Salcedo and also the site of Filipina Heroine, Gabriela Silang’s Public hanging in 1763.


Vigan Cathedral/ St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral – The seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia and houses the replica of the miraculous Santo Cristo Milagroso. This also served as Leona Florentino’s Burial place.


Plaza Burgos- the commercial district where shops are located.


The night ended with a dinner/birthday party of our Gino’s(our host)Relatives at Max’s where local delicacies are part of their menu. (C)Nina Barbero

It was a fulfilling and food – filling day for us! 🙂 More of our trip on my next post

Much Love ,


*All photos are taken by me unless specified herein, no part can be reproduced with prior consent.

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Mariane Detera is a Creative Entrepreneur. A full-time servant of Christ who uses her love for creativity and arts to share Jesus and make disciples.

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