Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Walking Around in the City of Vigan

by lakwatserong tatay

As we have the chance to walk around, it made us feel we're back in time, because of this reasons.....first stop is Plaza Burgos.

Plaza Burgos is off to the side of the cathedral, a landmark tribute to the city's most illustrious at the same time tragic citizen, Padre Jose Burgos of the Gomburza triumvirate. One of the three priests been executed Gomez, Burgos and Zamora in 1872.

Parks stands a monument dedicated to Father Jose reads:

Dr. Jose A. Burgos, priest, born in Bigan, Ilocos Sur, P.I. February 9, 1837 and martyred on Bagumbayan Manila, P.I. February 17, 1872, A Victim of the iniquitous persecution of his perfidious enemies. Eternal peace to his soul imperishable praise to his memory everlasting opprobrium to his assassinators the love of the Ilocanos Dedicated this memorial to thee February 17, 1910.

The 2nd monument can be found within the provincial capitol, the city hall, the Arzopizpado, and  the cathedral. It said that this plaza was the center of secular and ecclesiastical power during the colonial period. It is also the same plaza where Ilocano heroine Maria Josefa Gabriela Silang y Cariño was hanged in 1763. The execuion site is marked by a white obelisk.

Plaza Salcedo is named after the Spanish Encomendero Juan de Salcedo who arrived in Vigan and established Villa Fernandina de Bigan in 1572.

Salcedo also built the first chapel that would later evolve into a cathedral which brings up Vigan from a villa to ciudad.

Within Plaza Salcedo is a diorama, which effectively captures the coming together of the famous landmarks of the world. Being a city, declared as one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. The city government of Vigan created this stonemade diorama's representing the world's famous landmarks declared by UNESCO.

upon strolling around the city, in its adjacent sides are the provincial capitol of Ilocos Sur and Vigan can be found.

East of the cathedral is the 18th cenutry Arzobispado, the official residence of the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia. In 1889, the building served as headqurters to Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. The arzobispado currently houses the Museo Nueva Segovia which features archdiocesan archives and ecclesiastical artifacts.

Here are two of the common mode of transportation in Vigan, Calesa's and tricycle. Most of the tourist like to have a tour using the Calesa's....i do not really know what's the reason but riding a Calesa while your own historical tour makes you feel much going back to the past....^_^

Unique design of Tricycle
One unique thing that we found out while walking to this heritage village. All of the commercial outlets in Vigan. Liike Mc Donalds, harmonize with the rest of the heritage structures in the city or whether to local government unit imposes such measures. But its good thing to see at least one city in the Philippines where a "theme" is actually followed.

Johari with Mc Donalds as his backdraft...^_^
Here's mine at Plaza Salcedo....^_^
All in all, it was one nice and quick walk tour adventure.....because we have to go back to our hotel and proceed to Vigan Airport, and to go back to Manila.....^_^..
( be continued....^_^)


juanderfulpinoy said...

miss na miss ko na ang vigan

Ken Agsaway said...

isa sa pinaka gusto ko na town sa pinas. ang ganda talaga sa vigan.

Cisco said...

I wish i have time to travel!

Ichan said...

sana makapunta ako jan hehe

Jan Ashlee Franco said...

Hello! I love ur blog site! it served as my inspiration in creating my own travel blog. I hope you could visit my blogsite too or even add me on your bloglist. thank u so much and good luck on ur future trips!! - Jan Ashlee,

lakwatserong tatay said...

@juanderfulpinoy..ako man din miss ko narin...ang tanong kelan ako makakabalik...^_^

lakwatserong tatay said...

@ken agsaway..tama kayo sir...iba talaga pakiramdam pagnasa Vigan ka...lalo na sa Calle Crisologo...^_^

lakwatserong tatay said...

@cisco...naku madali lang naman po yun...basta maset nyo lang ng maayos ang sked nyo...saka syempre lahat ng gastos and IT's ng magiging lakad mo...oks nah..^_^

lakwatserong tatay said...

@ichan...pwede naman pre...lalo pa ngayon ganda na ng CAM mo...hehehehe

lakwatserong tatay said...

@jan, thanks naman po at isa ko sa naging inspirasyon niyo..nakakatuwa isipin, nakaimpluwensya ako ng tao...hehehehe..gagawin ko po yun..gusto nyo palit links tayo...thanks po ulit...^_^


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