Ilocos Sur

Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts 2012

Posted on May 8, 2012

Binatbatan street dancing along Crisologo Street  On a regular day, the UNESCO-listed heritage city of Vigan possesses an effortless charm of its own which never fades every time I visit. This quality, however, is heightened every first week of May during the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts, established in 1993 by the Save Vigan Ancestral Homes Association, Inc. (SVAHAI) to showcase the historic city’s artistic and cultural values. There are several activities lined up during the festival period,Read More

Pug-os Beach – Salt-making Sands of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur

Posted on May 3, 2012

Besides being a popular swimming spot, the sands of Pug-os Beach are used in salt-making Only 30 minutes north of Vigan City, not far away from the highway, is the sandy cove of Pug-os in Cabugao town, which may very well be the best beach in Ilocos Sur. Besides being a popular swimming area for locals, its silvery sands also doubles as a salt-making bed for a local cottage industry. I’ve seen salt beds before, but not a salt-making processRead More

DIY Walking Tour – Vigan City

Posted on January 10, 2012

  Location: Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Starting Point: Crisologo Museum End Point: Crisologo Street Distance: 3 km Duration: 8 hours   Along cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop through beautifully weathered mansions finished with terracotta roofs, capiz shell windows and wrought-iron grillwork. No other town in the Philippines evokes old-world allure better than the provincial capital of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, 408 km north of Manila.   Chinese merchants frequented this trading post, strategically located on the mouth of the Abra River, long before the Spanish Crown,Read More