Top Choice Historic Site in Vigan

Mestizo District

The Mestizo District, or Kasanglayan ('where the Chinese live'), is a grid of streets hemmed in between Plaza Burgos and Liberation Blvd and bisected by the beautifully preserved Crisologo St. You can wander in a da…
Museum in Vigan

Crisologo Museum

The Crisologos, Vigan’s most prominent political dynasty, have converted their ancestral home into this strangely compelling family shrine. In addition to the mildly interesting family photos, personal effects, peri…
Museum in Vigan

Museo San Pablo

The Museo San Pablo, inside St Paul Cathedral, is a good place to see old santos (religious statues). Make sure to have a look at the wonderfully aged photo collection of a German pharmacist who lived in Vigan for a…
Museum in Vigan

Padre José Burgos National Museum

Built in 1788, the Padre José Burgos National Museum is in the ancestral home of Father José Burgos, one of the three martyr priests executed by the Spanish in 1872. It houses an extensive collection of Ilocano arte…
Church in Vigan

St Paul Cathedral

This church was built in ‘earthquake baroque’ style (ie thick-walled and massive) after an earlier incarnation was damaged by two quakes in 1619 and 1627. The construction of the original wooden, thatched church is …
Museum in Vigan

Syquia Mansion Museum

The Syquia Mansion on Quirino Blvd was recently turned into a museum filled with old furniture and exhibits dedicated to the life of Vigan native Elpidio Quirino, the Philippines’ sixth president. Quirino was born i…
Fountain in Vigan

Magic Fountain

During peak tourist season, every night at 7.30pm the fountain in the middle of Plaza Salcedo bursts into a music and light show. You can almost hear Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé bursting into 'Barcelona'.
Crafts in Vigan

Pottery Factories

Prior to the arrival of the Spanish, Chinese settlers pioneered a still-active pottery industry. You can visit a couple of pottery factories on Gomez St, near the corner with Liberation Blvd. The 50m-long kiln at RG…
Crafts in Vigan


Vigan weavers are known for using abel, a locally produced cotton fabric, to hand-weave shawls, tablecloths, napkins and barong (traditional Filipino shirts). In barangay Camanggaan, just a 10-minute tricycle ride s…
Crafts in Vigan

Cristy's Loom Weaving

In barangay Camanggaan, you can watch abel handweavers in action.