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Visitors who want to experience the charm of old world Vigan can seek accommodations at Villa Angela Heritage House. Located along Quirino Boulevard (no. 26 at the corner of Diego Silang and Quirino Boulevard), this mansion is typical of those constructed in Vigan in the 1800s, fully restored and has been transformed into a charming country inn---definitely the best place to stay in Vigan. Among its prominent celebrity guests include Tom Cruise, who stayed here while filming his movie "Born on the 4th of July." The house was the setting of some memorable films like Jose Rizal, Gumising Ka, Maruja, Noli Me Tangere, and the TV series Ana Karenina. Come and visit Villa Angela and capture the experience of a rapidly vanishing lifestyle. Check our website here: http://www.villangela.com/
Mara Verzosa takes us on a tour of Villa Angela Heritage House, a typical 1850's Vigan house, now transformed into the city's most charming pensione hotel. It stands proudly on a 2,000 square meter lot as a shining example of a Vigan Heritage House.
Villa Angela, as described in a book entitled 100 Resorts in the Philippines, is a charming, beautiful old house, filled with traces of the past. This video was taken last Xmas 2008 when my 3 granddaughters came for a nostalgic visit after an absence of seven years.
The historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur has been included in the shortlist for the "New 7 Wonders Cities" in the world.
Fe Angela M. Verzosa's insight:
The historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur has been included in the shortlist for the "New 7 Wonders Cities" in the world. Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the only Philippine city in the list of 28 candidates that were selected. Like the other finalists, Vigan was selected from an initial long list of 77 voted candidates that also included the cities of Cebu and Iloilo. The shortlisted cities will now undergo three elimination phases determined by public voting through the New7Wonders website, which will end on December 7, 2014.
Please continue to support Vigan for the New 7 Wonders Cities of the World! Text Voting is now open! To vote, just type VIGAN and send to 29290777. *P2.50 per vote but free for the first 7 days. Unlimited text from 5th - 7th of June 2014. So VOTE VIGAN NOW!!!
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.
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.
Ilocos Norte is on the north western corner of Luzon Island, 463 kilometers north of Manila, and approximately a 12-hour drive on an easy pace with limited stopovers. Yes, Ilocos Norte is quite a long haul, especially, when traveling by land. That is the most common reason which kept travelers from journeying north. So here are 11 reasons why you should take the road trip to Ilocos Norte.
Driving there takes you to scenic coastal highways passing by many parts of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Bound by the vast West Philippine Sea (formerly South China Sea) on its west, the road opens to a stunning view irresistibly in dire need of a stopover simply to absorb the beauty we don’t get to see everyday. The journey is the destination.
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.
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.
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.
One of the joys of Vigan is its old villas (mostly dating from the 19th century), which are open to visitors. Villa Angela, as described in a book, is a charming, beautiful old house, filled with traces of the past. Come and visit (and stay!) Villa Angela and capture the experience of a rapidly vanishing lifestyle.
How to reserve accommodations at Villa Angela Heritage House? Please give your- 1. Full Name and contact numbers (mobile # and/or land line #) 2. Number of persons in your group 3. Final date 4. Number of nights you plan to stay at Villa Angela
"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."
Infographics on World's best Budget traveller trends for 2012 and 2013 with best hotels and wifi access for social media and playing games in travel industry
Over the past year there has been huge growth in bookings for destinations in Asia including Hanoi, Manilla, Tokyo and Penang, all of which have been named amongst the most popular places to visit in 2013.
This infographics also shows which destinations are the best for Wi-Fi across the globe. This is extremely useful if you’re one of those savvy travellers who need a connection to the worldwide web while on travel.
More information is provided for those looking to travel on a budget as this infographics shows how long you could last on £100 in some of the top destinations, or in some that are of most value for money. So if you’re looking to travel, for adventure, or something to spark your travel imagination, then this is the perfect infographic for your 2013!
From the Vigan City Plaza to the Heritage Village, a conspicuous structure at the left side of the Crisologo Street greets the eager yet oblivious tourists. The building is called Leona Florentino House, named after the foremost Ilocano poetess, subtle satirist and playwright, Leona Florentino, hailed as the Mother of Philippine Women’s Literature, who died at a young age of 35 on October 4, 1884..
The House was built by Don Marcelo Pichay, Cabeza Actual of the Mestizo District, and his wife, Doña Maria Estefania.
The Ilocos Sur Tourism Information Center and Cafe Leona are under the roof of the Leona Florentino House. A magnificent monument of Leona Florentino was erected and can be seen in front of the house.
Officials of this World Heritage City headed by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina had successfully launched the 12-day annual fiesta celebration featuring the 11th year anniversary of its cityhood and the “Longganisa Festival” slated from January 16 to 27 this year.
Highlighting the 2013 Vigan City Fiesta and Longganisa Festival are the following attractive and entertaining activities such as DZNS night (January 17); education day/night featuring education sector grand parade, oratorical and extemporaneous speech contest, quiz bowl and teachers and students got talent (January 18); SK day and night with grand parade and sayawitang kabataan (January 19); gay pride day and night featuring parade, alay gupit, coronation of Miss Gay Vigan City and search for Miss Gay 2013 (January 20); social services and NGO day with coronation of Vigan Infantile King and Queen (January 21); Vigan City day featuring the longganisa cookfest showdown, longganisa street dancing and longganisa showdown (January 22); GMA Kapuso Fiesta and Philippine acrobatic troupe (January 23); Metro Vigan dancesports club night, balik- Vigan night and Ronda Pilipinas 2013 arrival (January 24); city fiesta featuring grand parade (January 25); agriculture day featuring float parade (January 26); and AVQ production night (January 27).
"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."
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 Poor Traveler and his friends only had one destination in our itinerary for the third day of our Ilocos Tour --- Vigan! We started scouring the area for Vigan longganisa but along the way, we found ourselves buying hats, shirts, and bottles of native vinegar while taking tons of picture."
Calle Crisologo is probably the most visited street in Vigan. Walking down this cobbled street is like walking into the Spanish colonial era. Many of the houses here belonged to prominent families who prospered because of the Manila-Acapulco trade. It is flanked with old heritage houses, which keep the “period” charm of the place. Most houses feature a unique mixture of Asian and European design and architecture — red-tiled roofs, large doors, massive walls, capiz shell windows.
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.
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.
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.