Ilocandia Tour Day 2
This writes up serves as an ultimate Ilocos Sur travel guide. We stayed in a hotel that is located in the Heritage Village. It is one of the heritage houses that was converted into an inn. We ate our breakfast and met up our guide. We toured the city of Vigan using the calesa or the horse cart.
Calle Crisologo or the Heritage Village made headlines worldwide when it was named as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The whole country rejoices for another feather on the well-feathered hat.
Stepping on the Calle Crisologo, it seems that you are travelling back in time. The old houses remind me of the old movies during the Spanish era. The roads are made of cobblestones and horse cart or calesa as what local called here plying on the streets.
During night time, the Calle Crisologo or the Heritage Village will turn into vibrant night. Some houses surrounding the village were converted into inns or hotels, restaurants and shops. The locals manage to preserve and maintain its grandeur.
Syquia Mansion Museum
The sixth President of the Philippines was born in Vigan. President Quirino is best remembered as the chief author of economic developments undertaken by the country that helped it rise from the ashes of World War II, as well as the country’s foreign policy direction during that time.
The Syquia Mansion which houses President Quirino’s extensive memorabilia is actually owned by his wife, Dona Alicia Quirino. Her ancestor was a Chinese who made her fortune in the robust trading in Vigan. Sy Kia’s pride in his Asian heritage can be seen by visitors to the Syquia mansion where they can view a portrait of him with his braided long hair and traditional Chinese robes.
Her descendants adopted the hispanized Syquia surname later on. The first lady’s grand ancestral home was where some of the President’s functions were held during his administration so it is not only worth a visit for the presidential memorabilia but also for the feel of the magnificent and historical gatherings that have taken place amongst the elegant furnishings. (www.vigan.ph)
If you are following the political scene in the Philippines you will know Ex. Governor Chavit Singson. I am not going to write about politics here. I am going to tell his contribution to the tourism of Vigan. He owned the Baluarte or fortress in English. Actually, going in is absolutely free of charge. He wants to share with the people his collections.
The safari galley is a building where the collections of preserved animals. The Gov. Chavit is a hunter. Every animal that he hunted he brought it home and preserved it. The place is a mini zoo. It has tiger, flamingos, and peacocks. It also has animals that are endemic in the Philippines. Surely, this place is good for children. Where they can learn and interact with animals.
Bantay Bell Tower
This bell tower is the iconic symbol of Vigan. It was built in 1591. It started as a watchtower during the Spanish colonization era. It was converted into a bell tower in 1857.
The Belltowerr stood on a hill. It gives you a panoramic view of the city of Vigan and Bantay.