Back in Ilocos Sur

(Road Trip Part 4)


The last time we were here was in October of 2016.

This is the UNESCO World Heritage City of Vigan, Established in the 16th century, this is the best-preserved Spanish colonial town in Asia.

Calle Crisologo, the main street that is only open to pedestrians and horse drawn carriages, looks like it was taken out of a movie scene.

Though only 500 meters long, Calle Crisologo is one of the most beautiful streets in the Philippine.

But unlike the olden times, this street is now lined with retail stores that sell souvenirs and local delicacies.

Walked some more to appreciate the surroundings and have photos taken.

Had a bit of a break and checked in to our hotel, the Vigan Plaza Hotel.

After resting, we went to see the cathedral.

The facade of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Paul’s Cathedral of Vigan, was damaged by the earthquake in 2022. This cathedral is considered a major religious landmark not only of northern Luzon but the country as well.

In the meantime, masses were being held in this covered area beside the cathedral.

Night time took us to Plaza Salcedo where we sat and waited for the “Dancing Fountain” to begin .

It was quite an entertaining show with laser lights choreographed so that water shoots up to match the beats of the songs. The dancing fountains is a very nice tourist attraction offered for free by the local government daily.

To end the day, we had dinner near the plaza where people were having alfresco dining.

The following morning, i woke up and yet again before everybody else. I went to savour the last day of our Road Trip.

Plaza Burgos is the most popular park in Vigan.

This town plaza features a monument to Father Jose P. Burgos and this was where I decided to sit on one of the benches to sketch.

Walked back to our hotel to have breakfast and left Ilocos Sur for our long 7-8 hours drive back to Manila (give and take plus some stop overs and toilet breaks in between).

Inspired by Jo’s Monday Walk


  1. hardytardy says:

    One of the places I wish to visit one day! Ang ganda!

    1. Teresa says:

      It is really an amazing place to visit! Punta ka na!

  2. picpholio says:

    Thanks for showing us this unique town (and above all this street).
    Once again, I learned some new things thanks to you.

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure to share a part of my home country and a part of me!

  3. restlessjo says:

    Didn’t you have a great time, Teresa? Thanks so much for sharing it 🤗💗

    1. Teresa says:

      I really did, Jo! And I hope I can go back again soon!

  4. Rupali says:

    What a wonderful place and tour. The sketch is beautiful.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Rupali!

  5. Toonsarah says:

    I never realised there were places like this in the Philippines, it could easily be in Latin America! Your hotel looks lovely and I really like your park sketch 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Oh yes…there are more places like this in the Philippines, as we were first colonised by a Portuguese in the name of Spain.

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