VIGAN CITY, Philippines — This Heritage City has been chosen as one of the seven cities in the country that were elevated to the qualification phase in the “Search for New 7 Wonder Cities of the World.
From the 77 cities selected in the shortlist phase, the judges of the New 7 Wonder Cities will select 28 finalists wherein the casting of votes will start from November 23, 2012 to December 6, 2012. In the final phase, the casting of votes will be held within a period from December 7, 2012 to December 6, 2013. From the 77 cities of the shortlist of finalists, 28 cities will be selected, then 21 are selected, until it will become the 14 finalists.
It is noted that this city is dubbed the “World’s Living Museum” due to the existence of well-preserved Spanish ancestral houses found in its heritage village, in which this is inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World’s Heritage Site in 1999.
Aside from the century-old Spanish houses, Vigan has produced the following attractions that include delicious native food delicacies, attractive “burnay” jars, and locally woven cloth called “inabel.” This city has maintained its horse-drawn carriages or “kalesas,” the Archbishop Palace of the Nueva Segovia and Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, and other heritage cultures and traditions.
To cast your vote for Vigan through online, visit the web site http://www.n7w.com cities/en, then click Southeast Asia & Oceania and choose Vigan City (Philippines) and select six other cities.
The heritage of pottery making, believed to have started in the 15th century, continues to thrive in this town. “This municipal hall is made of clay bricks produced by the locals using local materials. It has been more than 100 years since this was constructed and it still serves its purpose until now,” the mayor of San Nicolas proudly remarked.
The school of living tradition of the municipality of San Nicolas has graduated a number of elementary and high-school students who are taught the original and natural way of making pots and clays, assuring that the culture and heritage of pottery making is handed down to the young generation for them to continue.
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.
The region of Ilocos is located at the northwest of the island of Luzon and is composed of four provinces: Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan. Usually, when people say they will be heading to Ilocos, they mean visiting the first two. Though near each other, the topography, culture and political history of both provinces are very different, making them more interesting to explore. Specifically, Ilocos Norte is well-known among locals for its churches and natural wonders while Ilocos Sur is popular for its food and the country's only UNESCO heritage city - Vigan.
Here is a blog post featuring a 3-day itinerary (including some notes) of a great Ilokandia tour.
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 ...
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The Ilocos Region is located in the northern part of the Philippines, consisting of two provinces, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. The region is famous for a lot of things such as the following. It is the birthplace of Ferdinand Marcos, ...
So I begged some Ilocos writer-friends to educate me of/on their exotic delicacies... Sinanglaw is almost exclusively Ilocos Sur, actually the pride of Vigan City itself. You can find a lot of sinanglawan in almost every Vigan nook and cranny.
Enjoy a trip to Burgos, Ilocos, Norte. Burgos is the last town in the northwestern part of Luzon, about 47 kilometers north of Laoag City. It is coastal town with rugged hills and mountains lying between the towns of Bangui and Pasuquin. Burgos has a heritage structure called the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as Burgos Lighthouse.
Here one can experience cliff horseback riding in a place local vaqueros call "Palpalokada." Horseback riding around Palpalokada and down and up the neighboring cliff and rock formations gives one a powerful view of the West Philippine Sea.
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Five to six hours from Manila by land travel, Ilocos Sur will surprise you and make you reconsider your blurry thoughts about the country. The province displays a totally different ambience than any of the metropolitan destinations in the country. It generally has a quaint, warmly attractive appearance, most probably because of the parched feel of the weather than in most locations in the country. Still, the sea breeze from South China Sea can always be experienced blowing and swirling all around you. The mountain ranges on the east side may seemingly be holding it back from moving much further.
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.
Living Landscapes and Cultural Landmarks: World Heritage Sites in the Philippines by Augusto F. Villalon (2007) is the first publication to present all five World Heritage properties located in the Philippines in a single volume.
This publication was funded by the World Heritage Fund, and launched at UNESCO Headquarters in June 2007 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
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.
Nestled deep in the mountains, surrounded by forests, streams and rice fields, Adams Village in Ilocos Norte is just one of those places that remind you of the rural town that most adventurous travelers start their adventure from. The community hidden from the world has all the elements of your basic mountain town – rolling hills, narrow dirt trails you can only navigate on foot, rickety bridges hanging over rivers, as well as the occasional wild beast blocking the path.
After the first phase of nomination, seven cities of the country made it to the first phase of the prestigious New7Wonder Cities search. Moving on to the qualification phase, which runs March 7 to November 23, 2012 are the cities of Vigan, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and Parañaque. The Philippine cities who qualified in the first phase will join over 300 cities worldwide to vie for inclusion in the list of 77 cities to be elevated to the next stage. Filipinos are urged to vote for our Philippine cities.
“Malacañang ti Amianan” is a two-storey mansion built impressively on a 5-hectare property in Suba, Paoay. It sits on a beautiful landscape overlooking the serene Paoay Lake. Its design is a mixture of both Spanish and Ilocano influences.
The entire structure is very impressive. From grand living room to the elegant dining rooms, attractive guestrooms to the grand master’s bedroom – everything is a work of art. It has also an equally elegant grand staircase that compliments the grandeur of the whole mansion.
“Malacañang ti Amianan” is among the properties of the Marcoses sequestered by the Philippine Government when former President Marcos was removed from power. For than 20 years, it was under the care of the Philippine Government until it was finally given to the care of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte. After going through series of restoration and renovation spearheaded by the incumbent Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, on January 1, 2011, it was open to the public as one of the Province’s key museum.
Whenever I travel, I make it a point that I would at least try one of their specialty dishes. As long as it's not exotic food, I will make sure that I will try it. That's why when I first travel to Ilocos (you can check my photo album here), ...
This is a 14-part blog posts on a 3D/2N Ilocos road trip covering: Part 1: Bantay Church and Belfry in IlocosPart 2: Breakfast at Cafe Uno in ViganPart 3: A Wild Encounter at ‘Baluarte’Part 4: Some History, Some Politics Inside Crisologo MuseumPart 5: Old School Pottery at the ‘Pagburnayan’Part 6: The Magnificent Paoay ChurchPart 7: Java Hotel in LaoagPart 8: The Breathtaking Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in BurgosPart 9: Blown Away by Bangui WindmillsPart 10: Swept Away in PagudpudPart 11: The Patapat ViaductPart 12: Kabigan Falls in PagudpudPart 13: Gone to ViganPart 14: ILOCOS Road Trip | Summary and Expenses
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