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Vigan City
Vigan, officially the City of Viganis a 4th class component city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines.Located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea.It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the few towns left in the Philippines whose old structures have mostly remained intact, and it is well known for its sett pavements and a unique architecture of the Philippine colonial era which fuses Native Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial Spanish architecture that is still abundant in the area, mainly the Bahay na Bato houses and an Earthquake Baroque church.Travel back to colonial Philippines in Vigan, the capital city of Ilocos Sur and one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country.Established in the 16th century as Villa Fernandina, Vigan is endowed with its timeless and well preserved beauty.It portrays an Spanish-era Philippines with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages called”calesa“, ancestral houses and old structures that have survived the war and stood the test of time.Vigan has successfully preserved its heritage, getting the nod of UNESCO for inclusion in the prestigious World Heritage Site list in 1999 as a best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.Today, Vigan is a fusion of old and new, of east and west, of traditional and modern living.
Norly Hontarciego