Attractions

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…
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…
Museum in Vigan

National Museum

This branch of the National Museum in Magsingal, 11km north of Vigan, displays an absorbing collection of Ilocano relics. An ancient-looking belfry (1732), part of the remains of a ruined old church, still stands in…
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…
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

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

Santa Maria Church

Thirty-eight kilometres south of Vigan, this massive baroque structure built in 1769 – a Unesco World Heritage site – is unique. It has an imposing brick facade and sits alone on a hill – rather than in the town squ…
Museum in Vigan

Juan Luna Shrine

It's worth stopping in Badoc, halfway between Vigan and Laoag, for a peek inside the restored ancestral home of Juan Luna, arguably the Philippines' greatest painter. The knowledgeable curator will introduce you to …
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…
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…