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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

The Historic Town of Vigan: A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted on August 25, 2010

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia. www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/vigan.html HOW TO GET HERE: Manila-Laoag buses pass by Vigan (7 hours). A Partas deluxe bus costs PHP 621 – Cubao Terminal: Tel. +632 7257303. Or flyRead More

Baroque Churches of the Philippines: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Posted on August 25, 2010

The Baroque Churches of the Philippines represent a fusion of European church design (baroque) and local construction techniques and decorations. Their specific characteristics include a separate bell-tower and strong buttresses to withstand the powers of earthquakes common in the region. Four churches were selected to make up this World Heritage Site, as samples of the development of this Philippine-Hispanic style over a period of more than 150 years (16th-18th century): • Church of San Agustin, Paoay, Ilocos Norte • ChurchRead More