AFTER Cebu and Manila, the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur is now looking to have its own homegrown saint in the person of former Lipa Bishop Alfredo Verzosa.
According to a report by the official news agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia has recently opened the beatification process at the Conversion of St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
“The cause serves as a challenge to Ilocanos and to all Filipinos to keep our faith and to strengthen it by the grace of God, especially in the Year of Faith,” CBCP News quoted Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado.
Bishop Verzosa changed the religious, spiritual, and moral portrait of Southern Luzon,according to Manila Archbishop-Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who headed the formal start of the diocesan process for the cause of Verzosa’s beatification.
TO PRESERVE heritage sites for the next generation, one can’t just passively admire these structures -- then helplessly protest whenever one is bulldozed into oblivion.
Heritage advocates have to be proactive in taking concrete steps to save these culturally significant structures. Thus, knowing the pragmatic costs of preservation is critical, and this is what the Economics of Heritage Summit focused on when it was held in Batangas City in November.
One successful heritage area is Vigan in Ilocos Sur, which received the most sustainable world heritage city award given by the United Nations in 2012. The heritage area is lined with Spanish-era structures which are now used for stores, restaurants, hotels and other such businesses ~ an excellent model for successful adaptive reuse.
The beautiful Spanish colonial city of Vigan in Northern Luzon Island (Philippines) has been acknowledged by UNESCO as a model of best practices in World Heritage site management.
The distinction is to be officially announced and a certificate is due to be presented to the Mayor of Vigan, Ms Eva Marie S. Medina, during the closing event of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in Kyoto, Japan today.
Vigan’s successful and sustainable management has been achieved with relatively limited resources, which should make it adaptable to sites in all countries; the local community is well integrated into many aspects of the sustainable conservation and management of the property; and a multi-faceted approach to the protection of the site has been developed.
Recognizing and rewarding best practice in World Heritage site management on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention was called for by the World Heritage Committee at its 35th session in Paris, France in 2011. Twenty-three countries participated by sending in proposals for 28 World Heritage sites, both cultural and natural. Submissions were reviewed by a selection committee mandated by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
"Indeed the most beautiful street in the Philippines. It was preserved from paved streets and Spanish houses. And because of a love story; the place was untouched during World War II. They said that a Japanese General fell in love to a Filipina in Vigan and he promised to the parish priest that he will make sure not that nothing will happen to Calle Crisologo as long as he will take care of his Family. All because of love."
If your going to Vigan, don't forget to include Father Burgos Museum in your itinerary. The museum is located beside Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol and is few minutes walk from Kalye Crisologo, Vigan Cathedral, or Plaza ...
The Museum is also declared as a satellite museum of the National Museum.
Inside the museum are historical dioramas, portrait exhibit of Ilocos influential personalities, archaeological and historical artifacts, collection of Father Burgos memorabilia and photographs, family antiques, and jewelries. Father Burgos’ quarters and a mini library containing his student Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere are also showcased in the museum.
Vigan and Other Stories is available from Anvil. Check also National Bookstores in the Philippines. In the US, contact Linda Nietes of Philippine Expressions. The book is also available in e-book forn in Kindle and Nook.
Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's third short story collection, VIGAN AND OTHER STORIES (www.anvilpublishing.com), is a finalist in the 31st National Book Awards of the Philippines. Here in her blogsite, she shares the Introduction that Professor Oscar V. Campomanes wrote for this book.
President Aquino has signed Executive Order 79, identifying Vigan, UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, banning mining in the city. It also guarantees that Vigan will always stand as it is, free from any mining activity.
Vigan is one of the 20 "product-market thematic tourism cluster destinations" under the national government's National Tourism Development Plan. The DOT listed 78 existing and emerging tourism development areas in the country that will be mining-free and protected from all mining acts, according to the DOT website. Vigan is definitely one of these.
You won’t see any town that is akin to this tourist spot in East and Southeast Asia. UNESCO inscribed this historic town in the World Heritage List in 1999. As you tour around the town, you’ll get to appreciate the historical background of the Philippines as depicted in their cobble stones, and dozens of ancestral houses. You’ll also get to ride the Kalesa or Horse-driven carriage, which used to be the mode of transportation centuries ago.
A fun-filled tour awaits tourists who visit Vigan. Here’s a list of beautiful spots in the area worth for a stopover: http://www.wayph.com/vigan/
Hello Vigan! Right now I'm quite ashamed of how ignorant I am about my country's history. For me Vigan looked like the whole town is a big museum and that's probably the best description I can give you guys about the place.
Vigan Heritage Village is where Ilocos region’s rich culture and history are crafted in ornate architecture, furniture and detailed ornaments. For this reason, Vigan Heritage Village was considered a UNESCO Heritage Site to preserve the cultural past of the Ilocandia region.
Visitors can explore the area of Vigan Heritage Village via a kalesa ride, available near the Vigan church, or they can walk through the village of rows of residential buildings built during the Spanish occupation of the Philippines.
Vigan Heritage Village was designed just like a typical town during the Spanish era in the Philippines. At the center is a square with the church on one side and the municipal building on the other side. Walking through the village can reveal much about the old Ilocos culture, which was centered on farming. Here are just some of the curious items up close and their roles in the lives of Ilocanos, past and present.
Having just arrived after visiting one of the four Philippine churches inscribed as UNESCO Wolrd Heritage - the Santa Maria Church, I still have the full afternoon to explore Vigan. However, I know nothing about Vigan except ...
A walking tour itinerary with photos and a MAP, featuring landmarks in Vigan including eating, accommodations, shopping establishments and bus terminals.
This city bested four other finalists to win the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) first national search for Gawad Pamana ng Lahi.
The Gawad Pamana ng Lahi is a total award concept and is conferred to a province, city or municipality for their exemplary performance in administrative governance, social governance, economic governance, and environmental governance,
Vigan topped four other cities namely: Makati, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Santiago in Ilocos Sur, and Tacurong in Sultan Kudarat during the final phase of a series of evaluations and validations.
As a national awardee, Vigan received a trophy and a cash award of P5 million.
Vigan also won the regional Gawad search with a cash prize of P2 million and a trophy in October last year.
Adding to the list of possible Filipino saints, the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia recently started its official bid for the beatification and canonization of Bishop Alfredo Verzosa at the Vigan Cathedral in Ilocos Sur on Jan. 11, 2013.
Bishop Verzosa was the first Filipino bishop of Lipa and the founder of the Missionary Catechists of the Sacred Heart. His name is forever associated with the alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lipa in the late 1940s. However, not too many people know that Bishop Verzosa was a very active promoter of the faith and that his life story was very much intertwined with the history of the Catholic Church in Luzon in the aftermath of Spanish rule.
Filipinos like thinking that conservation in this country is in a sorry state, but 2012 was the year Philippine conservation efforts received global accolades.
In July, the World Heritage Committee removed the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordillera from the World Heritage “In Danger” list. The “In Danger” listing was a blessing in disguise. So was the cutting down of national support. It motivated the Ifugao community to take charge. At the World Heritage Committee Meeting of 2012 held in St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation, committee members applauded the Ifugao people as a rare and outstanding global example of community-led conservation.
In November, the Heritage for City of Vigan was awarded by Unesco as “Best Practice in World Heritage Site Management.” Chosen over 28 other cities in 23 countries competing for the award, Vigan was declared winner because of its “good management practice in spite of limited resources, making [its example] adaptable in other countries.”
Vigan is a global example that sustainable development can happen hand in hand with protection of entire districts of old buildings, which give the city its character.
IBy Christine S. Dayrit/I | VIGAN, 03/20/09 -- Once in a while, we are blessed with stories where the power of love reigns over the love for power.
Not known to many, the beauty and grace of Vigan could have been completely devastated if not for the love of Takahashi and Adela. It was a miracle that saved the town of Vigan during the last days of the Japanese occupation. As part of their military strategy at the
end of the war, the Japanese were ordered to burn and completely destroy occupied zones before withdrawal. On the eve of their departure from Vigan, the Japanese Military Commander, Captain Fujiro Takahashi, pleaded with the SVD procurator of the Vigan seminary, Fr. Joseph Kleikamp, to take custody of the Japanese officer’s Filipino wife and their love child. The priest agreed on the condition that Takahashi and his men leave Vigan without burning the town to prevent the townspeople from seeking revenge on his family. The next morning, the people of Vigan were overjoyed to know that the Japanese had left peacefully and Vigan was miraculously spared total destruction.
Iliw, which means nostalgia, is a full-length narrative feature inspired by true stories of Japanese-Filipino-American War in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines from 1941-1945. Since World War II, Japanese people have been misunderstood. They have always been pictured, described, defined and judged as the ultimate enemy in the horrors of war. For Takahashi, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army, his true love was Adela with whom he sired two beautiful children. Their love was forbidden by society, thus they met clandestinely on moonless nights in the bell tower behind the historic structures and churches.
Vigan used to be an island detached from the mainland by three major rivers – Abra River, Mestizo River, and the Govantes River. Established in the 16th century, this beautiful town is unique among the Philippine cities as one of the very few authentic Hispanic towns left and the only surviving historic city that dates back to the 15th century Spanish colonial period.
"Along cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages clip-clop through beautifully weathered mansions finished with terracotta roofs, capiz shell windows and wrought-iron grillwork. No other town in the Philippines evokes old-world allure better than the provincial capital of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, 408 km north of Manila."
Here's an 8-hour (3km) walking tour of Vigan by eazytraveler, complete with tour map. Eazytraveler further suggests:
"Complete your time travelling by sleeping on a splendid four-poster bed in an airy colonial mansion. A bahay na bato (stone house) built in 1870, Villa Angela Heritage House was once the residence of the gobernadorcillo (municipal governor). It offers exclusive bedrooms in a spacious home furnished with hardwood furniture, antiques and family memorabilia. No wonder Tom Cruise enjoyed his stay here while filming Born on the Fourth of July. Villa Angela Heritage House, 26 Quirino Blvd, tel: +63 (77) 7222914. Double A/C rooms start at P1,500, inc. breakfast."
Top 10 Things to Do in Vigan. Calle Crisologo is the most beautiful street I've ever seen so far in the Philippines. This street is lined up with ancestral houses where the rich used to live during the Spanish era.
Visiting Vigan, Ilocos Sur has always been a dream. I often wondered what’s it like to walk down the famous cobblestone kalye (calle in Spanish) with the occasional kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) passing you by. How does it feel to be in a place which pretty much resisted change, thereby transporting you back into an era that once was?
Vigan City Market, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Being tired of wandering round the historic part of Vigan, we decided to pay a visit to the Vigan City Market. A very refreshing break. Both the shoppers and stall holders were very friendly, in part because I don’t think many Gringo tourist pay the market a visit while in Vigan.
Vigan- The capital city in the province of Ilocos Sur, is situated in the western coast of Luzon, fronting west Philippine Sea. The city is considered a World Heritage Site, one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines, featuring cobblestone streets and architecturally designed heritage houses that fuse Philippine and oriental cultures.
Established in the 16th century, the Historic Town of Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the ...