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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…
Top Choice Ilocano in Vigan

Lilong & Lilang Restaurant

Nestled at the heart of lush gardens crossed with a nature trail, this thatched-roofed, plant-festooned restaurant is a great bet for Ilocano dishes such as Vigan empanadas, poqui-poqui (a roasted eggplant dish), wa…
Workshop 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. The 50m-long kiln at RG Jar, which was made in 1823 and can h…
Church in Vigan

La Nuestra Señora de La Asuncion Parish Church

A Unesco World Heritage Site 38km south of Vigan, this massive baroque structure built in 1769 is unique. It has an imposing brick facade and sits alone on a hill – rather than in the town square like most Spanish c…
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 quakes in 1619 and 1627. The construction of the original wooden, thatched church is beli…
Museum in Vigan

Padre José Burgos National Museum

Built in 1788, this 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 artefacts. Make sure to see th…
Museum in Vigan

Magsingal Museum

This branch of Vigan's Padre José Burgos National Museum, located 11km north of Vigan in Magsingal, displays an absorbing collection of Ilocano relics. An ancient-looking belfry (1732), part of the remains of a ruin…
Ilocano in Vigan

Cafe Uno

Head to this popular place for Vigan longganisa (the local sausage) and very fatty bagnet. If you're feeling more adventurous, go for the 'seasonal specialities' such as nga abuos (mountain ants) or tokak (frog). Mo…
Museum in Vigan

Juan Luna Shrine

It's worth stopping in Badoc, halfway between Vigan and Laoag (about an hour by bus), for a peek inside the restored ancestral home of Juan Luna, arguably the Philippines' greatest painter. The knowledgeable curator…
Street Food in Vigan

Street Stalls

For quick, cheap Ilocano fare, check out the collection of street stalls that lines Florentino St along Plaza Burgos. These specialise in local empanadas filled with cabbage, green papaya and longganisa; okoy (deep-…