24 Nov 2017 - 6 min read
With over 200 homes still preserved from the Spanish Colonial period, Calle Crisologo has become the must-go to spot in Vigan. Recognized by UNESCO as a Heritage City. Walking along this street throws you back in time when only the rich occupied the area - but now, the cobble-stoned path is lined with vendors selling Vigan’s finest products.
Dubbed the Malacañang of the North, the Syquia Mansion was the former home of late President Elpidio Quirino. Back then, it served as a venue for several government meetings but now, it has become a museum that perfectly displays wealthy living during the Spanish colonial period.
(photo via Instagram, @tiniemabilangan)
The ancestral home turned museum belonged to one of Vigan’s most prominent sons, the late congressman Floro S. Crisologo. His wife, Carmeling Crisologo, had their home converted in memory of Floro after he was assassinated in another Vigan go-to, St. Paul’s Cathedral.
While the Crisologo Museum and Syquia Mansion are ancestral homes turned museums, the Villa Angela Heritage House is an ancestral home turned bed and breakfast. The ancestral home boasts of capiz windows, antique lamps, jars, four post beds and everything else that you’d expect a house built in the 1800s to have.
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Built in 1591, the bantay bell tower is considered one of Ilocos’ oldest structures. The brick tower was originally built so that people could keep watch over the town of Bantay - therefore the name, “bantay” which means “to guard”. It was then converted to a church bell tower in 1857 by the nearby Bantay Church which is dedicated to St. Augustine of Hippo.
The two-storey museum is the ancestral home of Fr. Jose Burgos who was one of the three priests who were martyred during the Spanish rule. The Filipino priests, collectively known as GomBurZa, wanted Filipino priests to be treated equally as their Spanish counterparts.
(photo via Instagram, @patriciacorpus)
While Vigan is best known for its heritage city and museums, visiting the beach is a definite must. While you can’t actually swim due to the strong waves, the main attraction is the sand - it’s jet black!
Arce Mansion is an ancestral home turned museum where guests can dress up like individuals from days gone by. For a minimal fee, you can dress up like the characters from Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and take photos around the property.