Long before it was declared as one of the new 7 Wonders Cities, I have already visited Vigan. My first reaction was, “History is alive!”. We arrived at midnight coming from Laoag via Florida Bus. If you’re wondering where’s the perfect place to stay in Vigan? Well, we stayed at Grandpa’s Inn. It’s located just few meters away from the famous Calle Crisologo. This hostel has an ancient vibe but very functional and cheap too. It fits the atmosphere in Vigan. And I highly recommend it.
Accommodation – Where to stay in Vigan?
Before the tour began, we had our breakfast and tried BAGNET, famous local viand in Ilocos. And honestly, it’s just fried pork. Nothing special.
Tour – Where to go in Vigan?
1st Stop: CALLE CRISOLOGO
2nd Stop: Bantay Belfry
3rd Stop: National Museum – Padre Burgos House
They said, it was the “house” of Father Burgos, one of the martyr priests executed by the Spaniards loooong time ago, popularly known as GomBurZa. This house is full of ancient well-preserved artifacts.
Honestly, I held my breathe for seconds as I enter my neck into that rusty thing and smile for the camera. By the way, Garrote is a weapon use to strangle a person if you didn’t know. Scary.
4th Stop: Baluarte
Honestly, I didn’t know what Baluarte really is. I mean I’ve heard it many times but it’s always associated with Chavit Singson. So when we arrive, we saw a lot of animals. It’s like a mini zoo? It’s a huge place by the way.