Vigan Heritage Village

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan Heritage Village
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Nemie N.
5.0 Stars
3

Calle Crisologo!!!

Well, walked here hand in hand with SO under the light of the full moon, maygahd, it was so romantic. Hahaha

It's peaceful at night and by morning it is better to visit this place really early so you'll have the street all by yourself and won't be hard to take lots of pictures :)

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Carlo Andrew O.
5.0 Stars
3

This is definitely one of my favorite streets in the entire Philippines. It's just like a different era and o would love to go back there with some costumes. One of the best time to roam around is before sunrise but if ever you are strolling here in the afternoon, do not forget to buy some sorbetes or snack on some empanada. I will surely go back!

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Markie D.
5.0 Stars
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The place was really beautiful and amazing! The old houses just indeed the center of attention10084128076🖒

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Judie Ann Princess M.
5.0 Stars
4

I am just in loved with this place. I don't mind how far and how long the drive is. It really made me, wow! 128525

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Carla Fenella A.
5.0 Stars
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Calle Crisologo is a street in Vigan and a historical site where you can see houses built during the spanish era. So if you want to go back in time and relive those moments you just have to pack your bag and head to Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Calle Crisologo is also known as the Mena Crisologo street. It got its name from one of the most respected sons in Ilocos; Mena Pecson Crisologo who wrote the ilocano version of Don Quixote and another writing which is in comparison to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere.

It is a street with old houses where the rich people from the Spanish era used to live. Now, there are souvenir shops, museums and old houses that were converted to inns or restaurants. There are calesas too so you can tour Vigan the old-fashioned way. The place is picturesque. Some say it is also a good time to go at night because of the lamp posts. It gives you the feel that you are bein transported back in time in a more romantic way.

We went here during the summer season so the place is scorching hot and there are lots of tourist too. You need to have a bottled water or an energy drink with you to keep yourself from dehydration and headache. However, there are ice cream vendors or dirty icecreams that are bein sold to keep your head cool. Lol.

If you get hungry, there is a place full of eateries, stalls near the church where they sell local cuisines and their famous ilocos empanada. Not a fan of it tho, except for the ones that are being sold at one of the stalls at the grocery store of Market Market. Haha. It is way better than the authentic ilocos empanada. Haha. There are fast food restaurants in the area too if you don't want to eat at an eatery or you can also try the restaurants in one of the houses.

If you want to visit the place I suggest you visit it during "ber" months to avoid the summer heat.

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Norman Lester T.
5.0 Stars
5

When visiting Vigan, it’s impossible not to stroll around Calle Crisologo.

Calle Crisologo is one of the famous historical sites in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The whole street consists of Spanish-inspired houses that can immediately transport everyone to the Philippine-Spanish colonial era.

My friends and I arrived in Vigan around 7pm one Saturday night. Since we cannot go anymore to the other tourist destinations within the city, we decided to see Crisologo street at night. Though most of my friends suggested to go here during daytime, I prefer going here midnight. I love the contrast of the yellow light from street lamps and the old, antique-looking houses in the cobblestone street. Though there are a lot of commercial restaurants already in the area (Max’s, Mang Inasal, Famous Belgian Waffles, to name a few), I love that they still preserve the design of their place. From the famous restaurant Café Leona to the far end Legacy Super Club, I must say Calle Crisologo is a must see in Vigan.

We also had the chance to go here after our breakfast in our hotel. In the morning, there are a lot of Kalesas willing to tour you around the city. I’m not sure regarding their rates, as I haven’t inquired. However based on my other visit here 2 years ago, a tour around Calle Crisologo will just cost 50php.

There are a lot souvenir shops here if you want to bring pasalubong to your friends back in Manila.

P.S. You may want to eat Ilocos empanada in the stretch of Calle Crisologo. Cindy S told me that the one from Irene’s is good. 128518

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Mc S.
4.0 Stars
4

Vigan Heritage Village

Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. I have Visited the place in the evening and it was really awesome. It was well lit. However, it is quite creepy because of the old buildings. You get to Visit different souvenir shops and restaurants to satisfy your tummy. They have varieties of local food around.

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Fundada en el siglo XVI, Vigan es el ejemplo mejor conservado de una ciudad colonial española planeada en Asia. He visitado el lugar por la noche y fue realmente increíble. Estaba bien iluminado. Sin embargo, es bastante espeluznante debido a los antiguos edificios. Usted puede visitar diferentes tiendas de souvenirs y restaurantes para satisfacer su barriga. Tienen variedades de comida local alrededor.

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Jovin B.
5.0 Stars
3

Walking down the streets of this place feels like you've been whisked away to another time and place. Especially during the early morning where the streets are bare from vendors and tourists. The low light makes everything look so much more dramatic. During the day time the place will be crawling with vendors and onlookers. Different colors can seen floating around the streets in the form of shirts, lamps, wooden toys, ice cream and bags. Food is not a problem as there are many shops offering the vigan longanisa, bagnet and other Ilocano delicacies. This sure is a must to visit when you are up in the Ilocos region.

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Jorelle F.
3.0 Stars
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Finally, I got to walk passed through this historic street in Vigan. I thought it was still residential or it has small cafés/restos, to my dismay it was like an array of abandoned buildings. Some stores offer pasalubong stuff and must try delicacies. It could've been better if the old ambiance is open for chit chats over a cup of coffee or the likes. Nevertheless its still IG worthy. 97869786

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Muffy T.
5.0 Stars
5

The Vigan Heritage Village in Ilocos Sur is about 405 kilometers or an eight-hour drive from Manila. This place is said to be the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. The architecture, specifically on Calle Crisologo, reflects Spanish, Mexican, and Old Philippine influence. The entire place is stunningly beautiful at any time of the day.

There are a number of places to see, things to do, and food to eat in Vigan; the most popular attraction is Calle Crisologo.

One can usually see tourists line and walk the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo, since is a major attraction in Vigan for those who want to experience being transported back to the period in Philippine Spanish colonial time.

Vigan City in Ilocos Sur was recently named one of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the Word in a global campaign that searched for incredible cities through an online capaign. Joining Vigan in the list of New 7 Wonder Cities are Beirut (Lebanon), Doha (Qatar), Durban (South Africa), Havana (Cuba), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and La Paz (Bolivia).

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Marjorie L.
5.0 Stars
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Looking for a last minute getaway before school starts? Then this is definitely the place to go to.

The historic town of Vigan. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. It is also the capital of Ilocos Sur. Vigan is one of the few remaining 16th century towns here in the Philippines. It is well preserved and gives you that Spanish era feel when you go there. It's a romantic place for lovers, but for me it is a town filled with a historical ambiance that gives you this nostalgic feeling inside of you. Personally, I prefer people going to Vigan at night to stroll along the famous Crisologo Street because it's much more beautiful at night which gives you this romantic kind of vibe. Also Plaza Burgos opens up to St. Paul’s Cathedral while on the other side, Plaza Salcedo opens up to the Municipal Hall.

Vigan has remained it's authenticity because of it's grid street pattern and the houses built along it. At present, some houses in Vigan are well maintained by the owners to preserve the authenticity of it while the other houses are neglected by their home owners which makes it out of shape. Preserving this place is a must because it's such a historical town and it represents a unique design and construction which gives the whole place the European look.

This place is definitely a must to visit and I'm glad I did.

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars
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VIVA VIGAN! Lucky that I was able to see finally one of the New 7 Wonder Cities, VIGAN.

This was our second itinerary of our Ilocos Trip last April 29. Thanks to Ilocos Heritage Tours and Travel for making this a hassle free trip. Thanks to Keith for arranging all of our itinerary and of course the man behind the success of Ilocos Heritage, Sir Jan Carlo Caldito) he is known as the best tour guide in Ilocos and were lucky to have their service.

Vigan Heritage Village is now a UNESCO World Heritage Center. It is established in 16th century and it was the best preserved example of a planned Spanish Colonial town in Asia. I am deeply impressed how they were able to preserve those old houses. Vigan is really unique in preserving as much it's Hispanic Colonial character particularly its grid street pattern and urban layout.

There were calesa ride if you wish to explore the place, a lot of souvenir shops with a very affordable price and this is what's enjoyed most , there were restaurants too in the area where you can have a taste of true Ilocano cuisine and perfect place for picture taking.

Bucket list ✅

If I would be ask by a tourist from a foreign land I would be very proud to recommend this place to visit.

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Jah P.
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Clarissa P.
5.0 Stars
5

Our first stop during our Ilocos Family Road trip was Vigan. I was actually planning a Loag-Pagudpud-Vigan route but since hubby and dad got tired of the long drive and we were already in Vigan, we decided to make it as our first stop.

Vigan has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of of the intact Spanish houses that it's proud of. Calle Crisologo is probably the most visited place in Vigan. It's a long stretch of street where motorized vehicles are not allowed. You can either walk or ride a Calesa. The sides of the entire street is lined with old Hispanic Houses. It's as if you are right smack into the streets described in Noli Me Tangere and El Fili. It's old world vibe and charm was amazing. Hubby and I sat on the side streets and just marveled at the beautiful scenery. Some of the houses have been fully restored, some were being worked on. You will not see a single modern house or even building along this street.

The whole stretch of this street has been converted into a commercial area as well. You can buy souvenirs like key chains, ref magnets, shirts, towels, blankets, furniture (both small scale and the real ones), etc etc. You can also find some stores selling the famous Bagnet and Vigan Longga. When you walk towards the plaza of Vigan City, Calle Crisologo is transformed into a foodie haven with lots of restaurants lined up - both local and those found in the Metro. There were also cafes and small eateries as you take detours towards the side streets.

It's a busy place, I must say. We went there at night and in the morning and people kept coming.

Hubby and I enjoyed this place so much. We took our time to appreciate the old world presented by Calle Crisologo. We took our time discovering cafes and good finds as well - both for pasalubong and for personal keepsake. We bought dirty ice cream (avocado was my chosen flavor and it was so good!) and sat by a bench to people watch and chit-chat. Maybe we're just simple like that because if you're looking for adventure and thrill or maybe something extravagant, you won't find it here.

Being in Calle Crisologo was like being in another world. Away from all the modernization, the tall buildings and the buzz of the Metro. Great place to visit if you like history or if you're a laid back traveler. Also very picturesque so you might wanna drop by quickly here to take pictures and of course - selfies lol

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Cherilyn I.
5.0 Stars

This is life!!!!!

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Eric N.
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Where did the name "Vigan" come from?

At the time of Spanish colonization, the Chinese settlers from the Fujian province in China called the area “Bee Gan”, meaning “beautiful shore”. Since the Spaniards often interchanged the “b” and the “v” to refer to the “b” sound, they spelled the Chinese name as Vee Gan.

Another anecdote passed on from generation to generation tells of how Captain Juan de Salcedo was walking along the banks of the Mestizo river and asked one of the locals the name of the place, in Spanish. The locals, thinking that he was asking for the name of the plant that grew abundantly along the banks, promptly said “Bigaa”. Bigaa being a taro plant belonging to the gabi family.

What is certain, though, is that Vigan used to be an island, separated from the Luzon mainland by three rivers – the Abra, the Govantes, and the Mestizo. But heavy siltation drained the waters of the Mestizo River.

Vigan is a testament to our heritage, being the country’s most extensive and only surviving historic city that dates back to the 16th century Spanish colonial period.

This rich history and heritage also runs through the streets of the famous Calle Crisologo or Calle Mena Crisologo, named after the writer and respected son of Ilocos, Mena Pecson Crisologo, who served as the first provincial governor and was a delegate to the Malolos Congress.

It is this line of Spanish Era ancestral houses and cobble-stoned streets which led to Vigan's inclusion in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1999. And in 2015, it was officially recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders Cities.

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Gladys M.
5.0 Stars

One out of seven wonders of the world. Best time to visit this place is on weekdays. Plenty of stores to buy some pasalubong.

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Zobee A.
4.0 Stars

I love the vibe of the old houses. It has a character that made my mind travel back in time and think of different stories in every corner of the village.

According to our tour guide, in the olden times a Japanese was in love with a filipina who lives in this village. The reason why it was not destroyed or bombed during the war was because the said japanese man put a flag on the roofs of the houses. Thus, this village was preserved.

A picturesque village indeed. 128077🏼128077🏼128077🏼

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Amyxal V.
5.0 Stars

Going into a time warp. Whether during the day or at night this UNESCO World Heritage Site is always enchanting.

Some say it's best to stroll Calle Crisologo at dawn. Would try to do that next time if there's a chance to visit Vigan again.

The only eyesore there was a few trash (especially McDo items). Just a few but still, nakaka-turn-off. We picked up the trash and disposed of them properly. The funny thing was there were bins near where they threw away their trash listlessly. If we want to preserve our national treasures -- natural or historical -- we must do our part, as tourists, to take care of them by as simple as disposing of our trash properly. That's all.

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Gene C.
5.0 Stars

So much to explore in this city yet so little time. Hay, I wish I could stay here for a week.

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