Friday, May 16, 2014

Ilocos Trip Part 5: Day 2 - Vigan

This is my last post for this trip so I'll be cramming in all the photos. We had five stops in Bantay/Vigan area. The first one, in Bantay, is the old Bell Tower of St. Augustine Church.

Bantay Church Bell Tower

Then we stopped at a jar factory in Vigan for some pasalubong shopping.

Jar Making Hidden Garden

The next one, my favorite place here, is the Crisologo Museum, which you can visit for free, although there is a donation box at the entrance. I strongly encourage visitors to donate because this place needs to stay for a long, long time.

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

The collections here are amazing! It took Tere and me a long time to completely tour the place and see everything.

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan
Great leaders, yo!

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan
I love the look of this old kitchen. Very creepy!

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Crisologo Museum, Vigan

Next stop, Baluarte, the zoo developed by Singson. I just stayed near the gate.

Baluarte, Vigan, Zoo

Baluarte, Vigan, Zoo

Baluarte, Vigan, Zoo

Last one, the famous Calle Crisologo, a street lined with well-preserved Spanish-era structures. Honestly, I had high expectations for this one, so was a bit disappointed.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

They say this street was saved from bombings during WWII because of one Japanese General who married a Filipina.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

The only mode of transportation allowed to pass are kalesas, or horse-drawn carriages (and we've seen bikes, too, in one of the photos above).

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Empanada
Empanadas of Ilocos
Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan

Calle Crisologo, Vigan
One thing's for sure though, Calle Crisologo looks wonderful at night!
McDonalds, Vigan
Here in Vigan, even new buildings follow old Spanish architecture, like this McDo branch.
Vigan

Before we had our dinner, we watched and got splashed by a 30-minute dancing fountain presentation, which happens every day, we're told. It's more fun in Ilocos! But it's still funnier in Davao. :)

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