A walk in the park has never been as astonishing as the ones you will experience in Plaza Salcedo. A magnificent dancing fountain, a beautiful garden and dioramas of the world’s man made wonders such as Paris’ Eiffel Tower and Moscow’s St. Basil Basilica were just few of the attractions that you will enjoy here. Be wowed by the show and the landscape of the plaza.
Trivia: Did you know that the plaza’s lagoon was added in the seventies to store water for the locals? This was the creative solution done to make water available during the times when fires occur in the city. It suffered from destructive fires many times in the history.
Taking a glimpse of the ancestral house of the Crisologos turned museum, the famous Crisologo Museum. Savour the antiquity of the walls, portriats and intricate furniture of the two storey house and featuring well kept details of various rooms around the house. One of the highlights inside the museum is the central exhibit showing the bloodied clothing of the late Congressman Floro S. Crisologo.
Trivia: Did you know that Floro S. Crisologo authored the laws behind the creation of the north's first state university, the University of Northern Philippines and the Social Security System.
Get marvelled by the spacious rooms filled with Philippine antiques and those from other countries and gazed by the huge portraits inside the mansion, with three identified as being done by the national artist, Fernando Amorsolo and a whole lot more. Syquia Mansion of President Elpidio Quirino
Trivia: Syquia Mansion became a heritage house pursuant to Board Resolution No. 1 dated January 18, 2002 of the National Historical Institute of the Republic of the Philippines.
Arzobispado De Nueva Segovia
It is the lone 18th century arzobizpado in the Philippines. Here you will find a lot of historical materials as you go through the archdiocesan archives and manuscripts. Also stored in the arzobizpado are antique portraits and pictures of ancient Baroque churches. In the museo, one will get mesmerized by the extensive collection of religious artifacts and statues dedicated to preserve the memory of the City’s religious past.
Trivia: Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo used the Arzobispado as headquarters when they came to Vigan in 1898.
Museo San Pablo
Travelling back to Vigan in the 19th century? Museo San Pablo is the perfect place to be in. The museum stores photographs of the city by a german photographer on that period of time. You can place your fair judgment afterwards as to how the city stayed true to how it looked like way back in the past and the changes made on this city.
One of the crafts that Vigan is tradionally known for is the “abel”. It is the traditional woven product of the city and the Ilocos region at large. The cloth is known for its playful colors and its durability. It is strong and beautiful; in fact some families have them as heirlooms along with antique furnishings. At present, only few barangays in Vigan have maintained this age-old weaving industry. Barangay Camangaan, Mindoro and San Pedro are among those barangays. Abel products are sold by shops at Crisologo Street and the Vigan Public Market.
Mestizo River Cruise / Vigan Heritage River Cruise
The river surrounds the core of Vigan City making it a vital channel for the Asian traders to bring their merchandise to the City during the pre colonial regime. It has an important role in the history of the city. Boating around the river will show you its natural beauty and wonders.
Considered to be the “Fortress of Vigan”, a must see destination when visiting the region. There are just a lot of attractions in the area. From caged animals to butterfly farm and a whole lot more that you will really enjoy. Lions, Bengal tigers, iguanas, pythons and other reptiles and birds are housed in Vigan Baluarte.
The street that will bring you back to the era of Philippine Spanish colonial time, with the Spanish-style houses on every block speaks of the bygone era of thrivingbrought by the Manila-Acapulco maritime trade. True to its picture-perfect shot houses, one can never resist of taking selfies while strolling around Calle Crisologo. From thick walls to huge doors and stair cases heading to high ceilings and primitive sliding shell windows. This famous street earned the City a slot in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
During day time, enjoy the intricacy of the architectural design and craftsmanship as you step inside the houses that were innovated to stores and museums. The trip in Calle Crisologo will also give you the opportunity to shop for Vigan’s best products and specialties. During night time, enjoy the romantic feel of the street. With the lamp-lit street that gives a still and serene atmosphere of the place.
Said to be the people’s watchtower, part of the city’s effort in developing defense that helps in alarming it against possible enemies. The tower was built in 1591. Now became one of the attractions in Vigan that tourists sought for. One can enjoy the view of the land having the serene background of the fine and blue skies.