I went to Vigan City in Ilocus Sur last 2011 during our United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary - 18th National Congress, its one of my dream come true to go there and visit the popular city that UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site on December 2, 1999 for maintaining and preserving the cobblestone road, house and building in Calle Crisologo that was built during the 18th century Spanish colonial times and also for receiving a UNESCO recognition award for Best Practice in World Heritage Management Award last November 8, 2012.
Hidden Garden is a home of native plants and flowers which also cultivates the plant "Bonsai" variety. In addition, it has a restaurant inside and a refreshment area to enjoy a Dragon Fruit Shake.
Vigan Bell Tower is fronting Bantay Church and approximately a 10 minute Kalesa ride from Calle Crisologo.
A Philippine World Heritage Site well-known for its cobblestone pavements.
This is the ancestral house and birthplace of priest patriot Fr. Jose Burgos. Inside you'll see portraits of other known Ilocano leaders, antique furnitures, historic artifacts and a lot more.
Visiting Vigan City for me was a very remarkable experience. I was like traveling back to the old Spanish colonial days while walking around its cobbled stone streets and entering its antiquated houses. Being there, I experienced the feeling of being a true Filipino taking pride of its colorful history and rich heritage. Everything there is a source of pride. Vigan City, for me, is another national symbol of the Filipino people.
Next up: The Sunshine City of Laoag!