Monday, July 25, 2011

Backpacking in the Philippines : Vigan

I departed San Juan, La Union and head to Vigan at around 12nn. I took the Viron Bus and paid P216 for a comfortable journey. It took about 3 hours to reach Vigan.

I did not reserve for an accommodation ahead of time so I was scouting for a decent place to stay. I first went to Grandpa's Inn but unfortunately they do not have an airconditioned room so I searched for another place. I saw Cordillera Inn and I like their room. I paid P1,500 for a night's stay.

I just put my bag in my room and went walking in the streets of Vigan to get a glimpse of the historical place. The place is really cool, although the souvenir shops are just too much.

The day after, I woke up at 6AM to take more photos of Calle Crisologo without the crowd and the souvenir shops.

How to reach Vigan:

By Air
Mindoro Airport is the only airport in Vigan City. As of now, Southeast Airlines (seair) caters services to and from Vigan. Another option is from Laoag International Airport which is almost 2 hours drive from Vigan. Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, Sky Pasada, and China Southern Airlines fly to and from Laoag airport.

By Land
Getting here by bus will take you more or less 8 hours of travel coming from Manila. Bus lines I know are Partas, Dominion Bus lines, Maria De Leon, FariƱas Transit and Viron Transit. Buses going to Laoag from Manila is also possible. Meanwhile if you're coming from Laoag, there are ordinary buses from Laoag to Vigan or Partas' aircon bus from Laoag.

Where to Stay?

Aniceto Mansion
Plaza Burgos, Mena Crisologo Street
(077) 7222383 to 84 / 7221242
Aircon rooms from Php1700 / Php12000 good for 20 / Php7000 good for 10

Cordillera Inn
29 Mena Crisologo St.
(077) 7222727 / (0927) 3135616
Aircon rooms from Php1500; Fan room Php1050

Gordion Hotel
V. delos Reyes St. cor Salcedo St.
(077) 7222526 / (02) 2461502
Aircon rooms from Php2000

Grandpa's Inn
Bonifacio St. cor. Quirino Blvd.
(077) 7222118 / 6320987
Aircon rooms from Php1680; Fan rooms from Php900; Aircon dorm rooms Php2250 good for 4 / Php3360 good for 6 / Php4480 good for 8

Hotel Salcedo de Vigan
(077) 7221200 / 7222798 / (02) 2461519
Aircon rooms from Php2600; Dorm rooms Php6000 good for 6 / Php7000 good for 10; Economy dorm Php400 per person

My Vigan Home
14 Plaridel St. cor. Bonifacio St.
(077) 7226528
Aircon rooms from Php2500

Vigan Hotel
(077) 7221906
Aircon rooms with bathroom from Php1495; Aircon rooms with shared bathroom Php695 single / Php895 double; Fan rooms Php395 single / Php495 double / Php 195 extra bed

Vigan Plaza Hotel
Plaza Burgos, Mena Crisologo Street
(077) 7228553 / 7221527 / 6320317
Aircon rooms from Php2300; Dormitory rooms Php8000 good for 7 / Php7000 good for 6

Places of Interest:

Vigan Ancestral Houses along Crisologo Street - take a walk or ride a kalesa along the street to view the Vigan ancestral houses built by Chinese taipans. You can do souvenir shopping along this heritage site.

St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral - this cathedral was build by the Augustinians 1790-1800 in distinctive "Earthquake Baroque" architecture.

Arzobizpado - Completed in1783, the arzobizpado is the official residence of the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia. The only surviving 18th century arzobizpado in the country, the palace served as the headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898.

Plaza Salcedo - the elevated elliptical plaza west of the cathedral features the 17th century Juan de Salcedo Monument, the oldest of its kind in northern Luzon. It was in Plaza Salcedo where Gabriela Silang was executed by public hanging in 1763.

Plaza Burgos - The other major plaza of historic Vigan. Its ambiance and the presence of kiosks offering local delicacies make Plaza Burgos a favorite promenade for local folks and visitors alike. It is a landmark tribute to the Vigan martyr priest, Father Jose P. Burgos. The plaza’s special attraction are the "empanada" stands which are situated at its premises in the afternoon up to late evening.

The Ayala Museum - Formerly the home of Father Jose Burgos.

Syquia Mansion - The ancestral home of Dona Alicia Quirino, the Syquia mansion was a venue of official and public functions during the administration of the late Pres. Elpidio Quirino.

Crisologo Museum - The Crisologo Museum contains the memorabilia and antique collection of the Crisologo family.

Leona Florentino House - Leona Florentino, mother of local hero Isabelo delos Reyes, was the first Filipina poetess to gain international recognition. The Floretino house has been designated as the Provincial Tourism Center and administrative building of the Vigan Heritage Commission. Her monument is in a triangular park across the street.

Vigan Tourist Park (Mira Hills) - Situated in Barangay Pagburnayan and just a stone throw away from the burnay jar factories is the Mira Hills Park, the municipal ecological park.

Mindoro Beach Resort - A community-based beach resort, this is an ideal place for sea lovers. Picnic sheds, well-maintained toilets and overnight accommodation are available for budget tourists.

Pagburnayan - jar factory along Liberation Boulevard.

Baluarte - Chavit Singson's place that features a mini zoo, a skeet shooting range, and free palomino rides; an excellent place for relaxation.

Bantay Watchtower - where you can get the best view of the Grand Quirino Bridge connecting the monstrous mountains of Bantay.


where are the pix u captured from your camera in Vigan trip?


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