Vigan: A look at Spanish pavements and local food

22 Mar

Calle Crisologo

It is going to be a long night, I thought. The bus left Manila at around nine in the evening then the next day, we were hundreds of kilometers away from the Metro. It was a painful bus ride. The roads were bumpy plus the bus stopped twice for engine repairs. But as I stepped my feet on Vigan, I realized that it was all worth it.

Vigan is among the most preserved imprint of Chinese trading and Spanish colonization. The general design of the city was the usual Spanish colonial town wherein the heart of the City is the church. As history was conserved in this city, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization listed Vigan as one of the world’s heritage site. It was included in the list because of the unique mix of Asian building and design with the European colonial architecture and planning.

At noontime, we strolled around the famous Calle Crisologo. It was a long stretch of road which is famous for its architecture and different shops. As you go walk along the pavements, you will get the Spanish feel of it. Or better yet, the feeling of going back through time. It was as if you were traveling through history by witnessing the colonial era being preserved in Vigan.

Calle Crisologo was named after Ilocos Sur’s first civil governor, Don Mena Crisologo. It used to be the commercial district of the province during the Spanish colonization. It was formerly called Kasanglayan or place of the Chinese. Now, different shops occupy this historical place, offering dry goods and other delicacies popular in Vigan.

Aside from Calle Crisologo, another famous place in this city is the pagburnayan or the pottery. Vigan is known for its well crafted pots and jars. People who visit pagburnayan can also try to make their own pots and experience handcrafting their own designs.

There are still natives who preserved the art of weaving in the province. Hand-woven textiles made by locals show not only how good Biguenos are when it comes to weaving but it also reflect their culture. Sadly, the number of locals who do the weaving are already waning. Thus, this is among the things that the local government should watch and make sure they preserve.




Vigan offers a lot of destination for tourists. Indeed, it can be considered that tourism is among the main sources of income it the city. But Vigan does not just take pride of its attractions but also their local food. Vigan is also a place for food explorers who love rice delicacies such as biko-biko, tinumbong, calamay, and a lot more. Visitors can also try the local empanada available along the street of Calle Crisologo and even outside churches. It is a place for meat lovers who are willing to anything— even solidified animal blood, bile, and beef innards. These ingredients can only be found in Vigan’s famous Sinanglao. There are a lot of food specialties in Vigan aside from what was mentioned above. Bagnet and Vigan Longganisa are among the most popular food that can be found in the city.

Overrated as it sounds, but Vigan is really among the places that our country can boasts. For a city to preserve the Chinese trading to the Spanish colonization and American rule, good governance is essential. Truly, Biguenos must have worked hard to maintain the imprints of history.


3 Responses to “Vigan: A look at Spanish pavements and local food”

  1. pandelicious May 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    There are a lot more foods and eas you could get at vigan. You didnt eaen mention the bagnet and empanada. 🙂

  2. pandelicious May 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    There are a lot more foods and eats you could get at vigan. You didnt eaen mention the bagnet and empanada. 🙂

    • Joshua Mark May 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

      Hi! I mentioned them. 🙂 Try re-reading. 🙂

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