City Guide

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Established in the 16th century, 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 Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
  • In 1999, Vigan was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Justification for inscription (Source: UNESCO Website) Criterion (ii): Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning. Criterion (iv): Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and South-East Asia.
  • Laid back and relaxing experience with the sight of Spanish-era mansions, Cobblestone Street and kalesa (horse drawn carriages are the hallmarks of historic Vigan.
  • Saved from the ravages of war because of the love story that transpired between two Japanese soldiers and their respective Ilocana spouses, the city is considered the finest surviving example of a Spanish colonial town in Asia.

BEST TIME TO VISIT VIGAN!

The best time to go to Vigan and in Ilocos Sur in general is during the fiestas and other celebrations as the town comes alive with different activities. A trip during the clear summer months as well affords a stunning bluest of skies – perfect for those postcard perfect photogenic shots of the Vigan City, Ilocos Sur!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Notes: Dates, activities and venue subject to change without prior notice.
JANUARY EVENT
January 22 Longaniza Festival
FEBRUARY
First week Kannawidan
MAY
Held first week of May Viva Vigan Festival of Arts (BinatBatan Festival)
SEPTEMBER
September 8 World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day
OCTOBER
Celebrated on the last 3 days of October Raniag, The Vigan Twilight Festival
to first 2 days of November
DECEMBER
Before Christmas Artes Ita Pascua, Lantern and Torch Parade

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