Thursday, May 3, 2012

Weekend Getaway: Historical Cruise at Vigan's Mestizo River

by lakwatserong tatay

As our journey starts in Vigan, our first destination was a cruise to their historical river, known as Mestizo River. Vigan is an island which is separated by three bodies of water: The Abra River, The Govantes River and The Mestizo River. This river cruise will take about 35-minute boat tour all about Vigan's cultural heritage. This rive also serves the 1st destination of our 1st mission.....^_^

Vigan River Cruise: Rules & Regulations
Vigan River Cruise doc, is found in Brgy. Beddeng Laud, reachable via tricyle, just inform the driver to bring you in this place. You may check the rules and regulations above for their guidelines. There are number of boats to choose from, most of them could accomodate as much as 20 people and the other boats has capacity of 10 persons. By the way, we had this river cruise for free....thanks WGA...^_^
Mestizo River's port station
Mestizo river is a green-colored water, which reflects the natures beauty, with some fishpens situated along side of this river. Some locals goes swimming also and residential houses could be also seen along side this river.

Here are some of our photo souvenirs and behind the scene shots while cruising this Mestizo River..

our boat driver / guide....^_^

i really don't know what lolo's doing that time...^_^

What makes this river unique to the river's i've has five stations that depicting the Mestizo river ha played a dominant role in shaping this town, Vigan's as a cultural heritage town. While in the river each boat has recorded narration for each of the stations, how this river was involved in the town's history and livelihood. Classical and ilocano folk music will be heard throughout the cruise, and to a tour guide also explains more about the stories of the Mestizo River.

First Station
First station at Brgy. Tamag, shows the depiction of barter trade with the Chinese. The name of the river was inspired of them. At the mouth of the river Chinese traders traded porcelains, silk, lacquer, and enamel indigenous products such as gold, animal skins, and etc.
Second Station
Second station at Brgy. Beddeng Laud, shows the origins, why this town named as "Vigan". In 1572, Captain Juan de Salcedo established Villa Fernandina de Vigan. "Vigan" comes from bigaa, heart shaped leaves that were abundant on the river. As of now fishing nets and fishpens can be seen on each sides of the river.

Third Station
Third Station at Brgy. Cabalangegan, shows all about the religious history of Vigan. This station depicts the Diocese of Nueva Segovia to which Vigan belongs to. In 1576, an encomienda system was developed. The Diocese of Nueva Segovia covered almost all of Northern Luzon. This station has sculptures of priests and ordinary folks interacting to each other. In 1603, the town served as the de-facto seat of of the diocese because Lal-lo, Cagayan (then the official seat) was constantly flooded. It was 1758 when Vigan became the official seat of the diocese.

Fourth Station
Fourth station at Brgy. VI - Pagpandayan, the town's traditional industries. This station shows colorful sculptures of people making pottery. Pagpandayan is a part of Vigan, named after the town's traditional blacksmithing industry. Were the metal components of ancestral houses was made.

Last Station
Last station, located along Brgy. Pagpartian, this station shows the Vigan's food industries. Vigan's slaugterhouses, known as "Matadero Publico", is situated here. Brgy. Pagpartian is town's most important source of home-processed food producs like Spanish-inspired Vigan Longanisa, Bagnet (deep fried crunchy pork), Sinaglao, Dila-Dila, Cascaron, and Dudol. Some snacks were also made here like miki, empanada, and pipyan.

After all this station, the boat goes its way back to the dock, traversing the same path in opposite direction. A recorded narration tells why Vigan was able to preserve it's vibrant past. During World War II, Fujihima Takayashi successfully convinced his fellow Japanese soldiers to spare this town from the ravages of war. As a result the town's heritage and traditions were made intact untill now.

Vigan River Cruise was made possible thru efforts of City Govt of Vigan and University of Sto. Tomas (UST), wayback 2006, a collaboration of cultural mapping of the tangible and intangible heritage of the city, to enhance more Vigan's heritafe sites. Sad to say, this river cruise is not yeat as popular destination among Vigan's tourists sites, due to lack of promotion and proper marketing, so maybe why this river was chosen to be the destination of our 1st travel mission. Where we have to catch 4 fishes in one of the fishpens along this Mestizo River in a specific given time. Luckily for us we manage to finished that task and 1st travel mission been accomplished.

River Cruise Rates:
Adult Php 100.00 / Senior citizens Php 70.00 / Children/Students w/ Valid I.D. Php50.00

For inquiries, you may reach out thru Mayor's office: (077) 7222466 or information office: (077) 7228771.

Lakwatserong Tatay x-plored this historical river...^_^
I do hope by doing this such story about Vigan's Historical "Mestizo River", helps to increase it tourist demand. Infact it is still nice to go back from the past, seeing this scenic river and riding the boat on a river cruise is a one of a kind experience specially for us travellers because it makes us realize and appreciate the beauty of culture of City of Vigan has.....


Ichan said...

astig pre very informative! sana ganyan din sa ibang historic spots sa pinas!

Unknown said...

Thank you for his narrative! This is really educational and helpful. Will help promote after we experience it our selves in just a few minutes :)

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Rahim said...

Nice to read about this. Interesting blog.

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