Last December 2014, there is an increase of tourists in Vigan amounting to 350,000 as compared to 271,000 in 2013. This substantial growth of visitors became one of the primary reasons why Ilocos Sur was inducted in the New 7 Wonders of the World last May 2015. The City Tourism Office of Vigan in cooperation with the Department of Tourism Region 1 gained an initiative to assure the safety of tourists and the quality of their stay with the growing numbers of visitors in this province.
Whether your a foreign tourist or a full-blooded Filipino who wants to visit this side of the archipelago, you will surely love to get to know more about Vigan. Found in the northern part of the Philippines, this province has certainly a lot more to offer. With the rich culture and traditions embedded around its famous landmarks, this is a place for those who wants to revisit a huge part of the Philippine history.
Here are some of the reasons why you should come in Vigan.
Your tour will be definitely not complete without tasting the famous delicacy in Vigan, its empanada. Its history traces back during the Spanish Era where it became a staple food for locals who need to fill their huger after touring the city. It is made out of cabbage, egg yolk and ground pork. It costs around P35.00 each and is best served with spicy vinegar.
A lot of tour operators in the Philippines suggest tourists to check out Calle Crisologo. It is one of the best known historical landmarks in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. This place features Spanish colonial architectures and considered as the major attraction of the town because of Spanish-style houses which have been preserved for more than 100 years.
The Sequia Mansion
Ilocos Sur will always be remembered as the birthplace of the 6th President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino. Sequia Mansion is a place named not after his name but that of his wife. This mansion is just like many typical ancestral houses with thick brick walls and painted wood. Many tour packages in Vigan include this in their itineraries because of its educational value and informative impact to local and foreign tourists.
City of Great People
Vigan comprises of great minds in the Philippine history such as Leona Florentino, the first Filipina poet with international recognition, she was the mother of Isabelo delos Reyes, the first champion of the labor movement in the Philippines and the Philippine Independent Church.
Indeed, Vigan is a timeless place where you can enjoy memorable activities. It is a place where love and respect for the culture and heritage reigns supreme. Here, you can go back to the past and relinquish the days where the story of simplicity, creativity and passion all goes well together.