Vigan launches reward system via tourist passports

VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Itching to visit this heritage city and earn rewards at the same time?

The city government is set to launch the Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista or Vigan Tourist Passport on Friday, April 28, to entice more visitors and help local businesses thrive post-pandemic.

By purchasing the booklet designed like a passport, the holder is entitled to earn points while checking in hotels or accommodation centers or when purchasing goods and services.

The points can later be redeemed to get special discounts and freebies from participating tourism establishments.

"The tourism passport aims to promote the rich cultural history of Vigan while supporting local businesses. Visitors can get a special stamp on their passport with equivalent points to earn rewards,” Mayor Bonito Singson said.

“This Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista is not a legal document but it is definitely a novel way to encourage both new visitors and locals to explore the city and patronize various establishments,” Singson added.

The Vigan Tourism Passport is now available at designated booths or online for an affordable price prior to the grand launch coinciding with the Binatbatan Festival here.

The booklet comes with locally-made products like Vigan “longganisa” (pork sausage), “bagnet” (deep fried pork belly), Abel Iloko products, or mini-burnay jars, among other novelty items.

Printed in the Vigan passport is a brief history of Vigan and the iconic landmarks the heritage city is known for.

A QR (quick response) code is also available to guide visitors to the city’s key destinations.

In pre-pandemic times, this United Nations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage site is among the country's most popular tourist destinations, known for its well-preserved Spanish-era architecture.

Singson sees this initiative as one of several planned legacy projects for this city which has a rich cultural history dating back to the 1800s.

More information about the tourism passport can be obtained at www.vigancity.gov.ph .

The 2023 Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts will start on April 29 with the opening of the Vigan food and trade fair.

This city has slated activities for the Binatbatan Festival until May 5 that Singson expect to lure an overwhelming crowd of visitors and tourists. (with a report from PNA)

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Vigan launches tourism campaign

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Vigan City rolls out today an aggressive tourism promotions drive in conjunction with its celebration of this year’s Binatbatan Festival of the Arts.

Mayor Bonito Singson leads the launch of the campaign dubbed “Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista” aimed at promoting its rich cultural history while also supporting local businesses.

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Visitors can get a special stamp on their passport whenever they purchase items or services from partner establishments whereby they earn points which can later on be redeemed for special discounts and freebies.

The Vigan Tourism Passport can be bought at designated booths or online around the City for an affordable price. The booklet comes with locally-made items like Vigan longganisa, Abel Iloko products, or mini burnay jars.

The passport also includes a brief history about Vigan and iconic figures with great contributions to the city’s storied past. A QR code is also found in the booklet that shows the city’s many points of interest.

Mayor Singson sees this initiative as one of several planned legacy projects for the city with hopes to boost its tourism industry while also promoting its unique heritage and supporting local businesses.

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Allowed na po ba mag DIY sa Vigan for March onwards? Also no need na for travelpass as well? DOT accredited hotel, Valid ID and Vax card na lang requirements? thanks

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Vigan launches tourist passport program

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ILOCOS SUR — Vigan City Mayor Bonito Singson officially launched the Vigan City Tourist Passport Program on Friday, allowing tourists to collect stamps from participating businesses and landmarks in exchange for prizes.

Singson said that the program is a way to promote tourism in Vigan and encourage visitors to stay longer in the city, helping local businesses to recover from the pandemic.

“This is a very dynamic document wherein we can engage the tourist actively once they acquire this,” Singson said.

The passport costs P100 and can be purchased at the Vigan City Tourism Office. Tourists can collect stamps from participating businesses and landmarks, and once they have collected a certain number of stamps, they can redeem prizes at the tourism office.

The prizes include souvenirs, discounts on local products and services, and even free accommodation.

Regional tourism director Jeff Ortega graced the launch of the program, saying it is commendable and a way for the city to recover from the pandemic.

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VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur (PIA) – A passport for tourists visiting this city, one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the World, is now available.

The passport, named the Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista, was officially launched recently at Calle Crisologo, the heritage village in the said city.

All tourists may purchase this in any of the three colors -red, blue, or green, for P300 at any of the tourism assistance booths in Calle Crisologo, at the Vigan Convention Center, and in front of the city hall.

It is also available online at www.vigancity.gov.ph.

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Tourists who will avail of this will be asked to provide their personal information which will be printed on the passport.

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Once registered, the tourists can get special stamps on their passport whenever they avail of services and products of retail stores, restaurants, hotels, and other partner tourism outlets.

These stamps or collected points may then be used to avail of perks such as discounts, rewards, and freebies.

Every P100 purchase at the souvenir shops or restaurants is equivalent to one point, so as P500 in hotels.

The city mayor, Jose “Bonito” Singson, Jr. led the launching of the passport together with Department of Tourism Ilocos regional director Joseph Francisco Ortega, the city council, and other guests.

In his message during the launching, the mayor said the initiative aims for tourists to have a more enjoyable visit and more exciting experience because the Pasaporte de Turista is not only a tourist brochure but a dynamic booklet.

“We will keep updating what is new to see, what is new to taste in the city. We will be able to utilize this to a certain extent as a marketing highway for not only Vigan products, services, and Vigan as a whole, but the entire north and the Philippines,” he said.

He added, “It will benefit Bigueños from the higher market to the poor and obscure, hopefully we will be able to improve the standard of living here in Vigan with this project.”

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Moreover, the passport includes a QR code which allows tourists to check various activities, schedules of the city accommodations, tourist spots and other destinations in the city.

It also features a brief history of the city, fun facts about Vigan, and iconic figures who helped shape the city’s storied past. (JCR/MJTAB/ATV, PIA Ilocos Sur)

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Experience Vigan's Rich Culture and Heritage with the Vigan Tourist Passport

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Vigan, Ilocos sur is a charming and picturesque city, full of culture and vibes that may as well take you back about a couple hundred years in time. I recently went to witness the launch of the Ciudad de Vigan Passaporte de Turista, also known as the Vigan Tourist Passport . This was in time with their Binatbatan Festival of the arts. Vigan is known for their well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, rich cultural heritage, and of course, Longganisa and Bagnet. 

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Ciudad De Vigan Passaporte De Turista or Vigan Tourist Passport

The Vigan Tourist Passport is a new initiative by the city. Designed to promote tourism, it encourages visitors to explore the many attractions that Vigan has to offer, more than just taking a couple of shots around Calle Crisologo.

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The Vigan Tourist Passport allows tourists to collect stamps from participating businesses and landmarks in exchange for prizes. To participate, tourists need to register for a minimum of 300 PHP at the Vigan City Tourism Office or any of the Vigan Tourist Passport kiosks you can find around Calle Crisologo. 

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You can also opt for the 500 PHP passport that comes with freebies, namely a choice of bagnet, Abel Iloko placemats, or Vigan longganisa. Some of my friends registered for the passport, and you can collect more than one pasalubong upon registering for the 500 PHP passport via an additional 150PHP for the other freebies. 

There is no age restriction when it comes to the passport, and I find it works as a nice souvenir as well.

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You can use the passport to collect stamps from the different places you visit around the city. You can earn points via the stamps, and redeem them later for special discounts and freebies. Also included is a quick history of Vigan plus  the iconic landmarks the heritage city is known for. You will find a QR code inside the passport leading to a website that guides visitors to the city's destinations. Some of which I am sure you have not seen yet.

So, what can you do in Vigan with your tourist passport? Here are some attractions and activities to consider:

Visit calle crisologo.

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This is perhaps the most iconic attraction in Vigan, and for good reason. The street is lined with well preserved Spanish colonial houses, some of which have been converted into shops selling traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and local delicacies.

Visit the Hotel Luna Art Museum

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Hotel Luna is the first Museum Hotel in the Philippines. This is one of the top places to stay in Vigan, as it has interesting facilities like their Museum, and it also has a pool for dipping after a long day. 

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After having your breakfast or when you arrived a bit early for a stop over, you can ask the front desk to give a tour as the hotel is home to rare masterpieces of renowned artists. 

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Some pieces that I found interesting were early sketches of Juan Luna, historic items made from Ivory and interesting paintings dating back to the 16th Century. 

Watch the Dancing Fountain Show

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The dancing fountain at Plaza Salcedo is a popular attraction that combines water, music, and lights into a spectacular show that's fun for the whole family.

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Visit the RG Jar Factory

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Try your hand at the potter's wheel in RG Jar Factory. It is a family-owned pottery that produces handcrafted clay pots and jars. They offer a tour of the factory, and you can learn about the traditional pottery-making process known as Burnay, as well as the history of how Vigan is the place to be when it comes to pagburnay. 

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Go on a Food Trip at Irene's Empanada and more!

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Vigan is the place to go for foodies as they have lots of places that cater to different tastes and budgets. I highly recommend going to Irene's Empanada if you want the best empanada (a pastry filled with meat, vegetables, and egg) in different styles. Cafe Leona is another must try place, along with Marsha's Delicacies which serve some of the best Royal Bibingka, and they have a cute stall in the center of the Heritage City. 

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The Vigan Tourist Passport is a great way to experience all that Vigan has to offer, while also collecting stamps, points and freebies along the way. So, whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, be sure to take advantage of this exciting new initiative, and explore the beauty and charm of Vigan, Ilocos Sur .

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Vigan City launches tourist passport as it celebrates its arts festival – Daily Tribune

The City Govenrnment of Vigan in Ilocos Sur just launched the Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista, aimed at boosting local businesses in one of the most popular tourist destinations in northern Luzon, known for its heritage houses and declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It served as a highlight of the week-long Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts. -Daily Tribune Lifestyle/Entertainment Facebook Page, May 7, 2023

Read more about it in the Life section of today’s issue of the “Daily Tribune.”

https://tribune.net.ph/2023/05/06/vigan-city-launches-tourist-passport-as-it-celebrates-its-arts-festival/

Savor the flavors of the north with Vigan ‘passport’

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The innovative program allows visitors to give back to the historic city

I was in Ilocos to finalize the exciting food experiences for the Ilocos Food and Wine Festival on Sept. 9 to Sept. 11. Among the lovely people I met were Vigan City Mayor Bonito Singson and his wife Mia.

I received a very warm welcome from the mayor, who was a longtime friend of my father, Joe Aspiras. He shared happy tales of their adventures. It was a warm exchange that drifted to his passion for food, love for cooking and his latest obra maestra: the must-have Vigan tourist passport. It was his mother, Caridad Crisologo Singson, who sparked his appreciation for tasty food and his desire to cook. He has a whole repertoire of dishes, but takes pride in his traditional Ilocano and comfort food creations. Before he became mayor, he was a restaurateur. Casa Vicente was the name of his restaurant.

Apart from his penchant for pleasures of the table, Singson has another love, and it is the City of Vigan.

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Tourist passport Of the many endeavors he has undertaken during his life as a public servant, one that he is proudest of is the Vigan tourist passport, hailed as the revolutionary way of exploring the city.

A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage Site, Vigan’s charm is unparalleled. It is famous for its well-preserved Spanish colonial and Asian architecture, cobblestone streets and unique cultural traditions. Vigan is also one of the New Seven Wonders Cities of the World, declared so on Dec. 8, 2014, 15 years after its Unesco inscription.The heritage city has always been a popular tourist destination, now more than ever, with the Vigan passport program.

The Vigan passport that may be purchased online or on-site encourages tourists to explore the city and patronize its local businesses, in a very unique way, while enjoying exclusive perks. Singson passionately explained how the passport works.

Tourists who visit participating local businesses must have their visa stamped once a purchase has been made or a service has been rendered. The number of stamps will indicate the points earned. Earning pointsPassport booths are scattered on Calle Crisologo and are ready to validate the number of points earned by the visitor.For establishments that offer accommodations, every P500 will earn the passport holder one point. For other tourism-related businesses such as restaurants, souvenir shops, kalesa, tricycle, empanadaan, carinderia, longganisa and bagnet makers, every P100 spent will earn one point.

The passport holder may redeem souvenirs in exchange for their points at the Vigan Tourist Passport Booth.The passport program is a patented way to discover the city and support local businesses. It also provides tourists with an opportunity to take home souvenirs and mementos that reflect the city’s cultural heritage. Abel Iloco, burnay, mouthwatering food and specialties like the beloved Vigan longganisa and bagnet are all for the taking. You may even have authentic bagnet and longganisa delivered to your doorstep!

So get your Vigan passports and join us for the opening of the Ilocos Food and Wine Festival on Sept. 9 in beautiful Vigan.

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Easy, budget-friendly back-to-school ‘baon’ recipes

During the opening festivities, experience the edible specialties of each town of Ilocos Sur. Have a taste of the longest Vigan longganisa and many more mouthwatering delicacies, all while marching bands play in a parade along the historic Calle Crisologo. Singson says, “Umaykayon toy Vigan (Come to Vigan)!” Till then, cook some of his recipes and savor the flavors of the north.

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Igado 1 kg pork giniling350 g pork liver 1 c white vinegar ⅓ c soy sauce ⅓ c oyster sauce 5 pc bay leaf 1 tsp ground black pepper 4 cloves garlic 1 pc Knorr Pork Cube 1 Tbsp brown sugar 2 pcs red and green bell pepperSauté garlic and add ground pork. Add soy sauce, black pepper and Knorr Pork Cube. Add bell pepper, liver, bay leaf, sugar, oyster sauce and vinegar. Cook until liver is done. Check for seasoning. Adjust according to taste.

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Bangus Salpicao 400 g bangus belly 4 cloves garlic 10 pc sili½ c Knorr Seasoning 1 tsp ground bell pepper ¼ c olive oil Wash bangus. Put olive oil in a pan. When hot, add bangus. Combine and add all the ingredients except chilies and cook bangus for 6 minutes. Add chilies last.

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Wash and clean galunggong. Remove heads and tails. Arrange fish in a pressure cooker and add all the ingredients. Cook for 25 minutes. The 25-minute cooking time starts once the pressure cooker is hot. INQFor your Vigan Tourist Passport, visit vigancity.gov.ph/vigan-tourist-passport/. For updates on the Ilocos Food and Wine Festival, follow @ilocosfwf on Instagram and Facebook Follow @iamreggieaspiras on Instagram and Facebook; reggieaspiras.com.

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Vigan City is a charming city that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. You can walk across cobblestone streets, surrounded by ancestral houses during the 16th-century Spanish-colonial period, or take a kalesa ride across town. It is also one of the six Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Philippines and also one of the New7Wonders Cities . This city in Ilocos Sur receives hundred thousands of visitors annually, some here for overnight experiences while others are on a day trip from exploring the nearby Pagudpud and Laoag areas.

The most popular attraction in Vigan City is Calle Crisologo, but stay longer and you’ll discover the rest of the wonders of Vigan. Here we’ve compiled the best Vigan tourist spots and things you can do in this heritage city.

Note : As of May 2023, a few of these Vigan City tourist spots are still under re-construction due to damages from a strong earthquake the year prior, including Vigan Cathedral and Bantay Church Bell Tower. Arce Museum, Syquia Museum, and Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone are also temporarily closed. Please check their respective pages for updated information.

1. Calle Crisologo

2. vigan cathedral, 3. bantay church bell tower, 4. vigan city museum, 5. ilocos museum regional complex, 6. plaza burgos, 7. eat ilocos empanada, 8. pottery making, 9. visit other house museums, 10. visit a bagnet farm, 11. witness the art of traditional weaving, 12. buy inabel products, 13. riverside dining at pinakbet farm, 14. shop at the public market, 15. enjoy a beach day at sta. catalina, 16. ilocos sur adventure zone, 17. baluarte resort and mini zoo, 18. attend the viva vigan binatbatan festival of the arts, how to get from manila to vigan, where to stay in vigan, what to read next:.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan City

Of the numerous Vigan tourist spots, Calle Crisologo is perhaps the most popular. This heritage street spans half a kilometer and features a cobblestone street and ancestral houses. The Spanish-era ancestral houses feature traditional architecture, including multiple doors at the ground floor and large open layout on the top floors.

During day time, Calle Crisology turns into a busy tourist area with souvenir shops, food carts, and various restaurants. Here you can buy different pasalubong such as woven bags and wallets, inabel cloths, and food — such as vigan longganisa, bagnet, and other local delicacies.

The best time to visit Calle Crisologo is during weekdays, when there are fewer tourists around. You can take your time taking photos in its streets and corners. Stay up late until 11PM to capture the beautiful night lights. Some photography experts prefer the hours before dawn, when it is still dark but the sunlight is slowly seeping through the sky.

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Just a short walk from Calle Crisologo is the Vigan Cathedral. Also known as St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, this beautiful heritage church is a prominent landmark in Vigan City and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City.

It was originally built in 1574 as a small chapel, which was then remodeled into a new structure in 1790. It features Baroque architecture with influences of Chinese craftsmanship, as evidenced by the fu dogs or lion in its outermost doors.

You can visit the church to see its impressive façade, attend a mass, or appreciate its rich cultural and architectural history.

Bantay Bell Tower - one of the top Vigan tourist spots

Also known as Bantay Campanario , the Bantay Church Bell Tower is one of the most important landmarks in Ilocos Sur. Built in the 1590s, the bell tower stands at 33 meters tall and was constructed using bricks and lime. It stands on top of a hill and served as a lookout post for the towns of Bantay and Vigan and also functioned as a belfry for the adjacent St. Augustine Church. Due to its location, it also has panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Guests at the Bantay Bell Church Tower can climb it to see the view and learn about the tower’s historic and significance in the region.

Note : As of 2023, entering and climbing the tower is not allowed due to the damages from the recent earthquake. However, guests can still visit the area and take photos of the tower from outside.

Vigan City Museum

One of the most recently opened Vigan tourist spots is the Vigan City Museum located at the Vigan Conservation Complex. It is the first interactive learning museum in the city, showcasing the tradition, culture, and architecture of the city.

Here you can find religious displays, important historical figures, original designs of the ancestral houses during the Spanish colonial period, and local artwork. Its interactive sections include a cubicle where you can sing-along with a hymn, a platform where you can design your own ancestral house, and more.

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Vigan is all about history, and what better place to get to know this city better than the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex? This museum complex is home to the family house of Padre Burgos — one of the GomBurZa martyr priests — and the late president Elpidio Quirino.

This Vigan tourist spot is managed by the National Museum of the Philippines and so the entrance is free for everyone.

Plaza Burgos - one of the popular tourist spots in Vigan

Plaza Burgos is one of the three open plazas in the main tourist area in Vigan City. This plaza is named after Padre Burgos of GomBurZa. Here you can take a walk, stop in the eateries for a plate of okoy or ilocos empanada, and walk to the nearby Vigan Church and the Dancing Fountain of Vigan in Plaza Salcedo which operates at night.

Making ilocos empanada

One of the best things to do in Vigan City especially for first-time visitors is eating ilocos empanada!

Ilocos empanada originated from Vigan — it’s a deep-fried pastry filled with a mixture of grated unripe papaya, bean sprouts, ground meat, and egg, all wrapped in a bright orange-colored dough made from rice flour. It is served with vinegar dip.

Ilocos empanada is served in different eateries and restaurants in Vigan City. We visited the eateries in Plaza Burgos where an old lady allowed us to take photos of her making ilocos empanada from scratch. But the best empanada I’ve tried is in Irene’s Vigan Empanada (located along Salcedo St.). This modest eatery serves traditional ilocos empanada as well as other variants (crab, chicken, tuna, etc.) and add-ons. I recommend ilocos empanada with cheese. It is so good!

Pottery making in RG Jar Factory in Vigan

Another fun activity that you can do in Vigan is pottery making.

Pagburnayan (or pottery making) is a traditional industry in Vigan. The word “pagburnayan” comes from the Ilocano term “ burnay ,” which means “earthenware jar.” The pottery-making process in Pagburnayan is a unique and labor-intensive craft that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

In pagburnayan, potters use a foot-powered potter’s wheel to shape clay into various forms, such as jars, vases, and plates. The clay used in the pottery-making process is sourced from nearby rivers. It is shaped and then fired in a traditional wood-fired kiln to harden. Pagburnayan jars are particularly renowned for their beautiful earthy appearance, durability, and resistance to cracking.

There are two pagburnayan jar factories that you can visit in Vigan: RG Jar Factory and Ruby Factory . We visited RG Jar Factory and then the staff showed us the traditional kilns, the pottery machines, and the finished products. We even tried hands-on pottery making!

I love molding clays and so it is one of my favorite things to do in Vigan City. The other one that I’ve tried is in Zambales: the difference between the two is the pottery in Zambales actually teaches you how to shape and mold the clay, while in RG Jar Factory you can tell the guide what you want to make and they will be the one to mold the clay for you.

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Aside from the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex, there are other museums you can visit in Vigan City. Three must-see mansion-turned-museums include the Arce Museum, Syquia Mansion, and Crisologo Museum.

Arce Museum is offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Fans of Maria Clara and Ibarra will rejoice, since this museum allows you to dress up in traditional attire and even attend a dinner with servers garbed in uniform for an immersive experience. Meanwhile, Syquia Museum is an ancestral house owned by the late president Quirino and his wife, and Crisologo Museum is a house owned by the late congressman Floro Crisologo, who was assassinated while attending mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Bagnet Farm in Vigan

Off the usual Vigan tour itinerary, did you know that you can visit a bagnet farm in Vigan City? We visited the bagnet farm in San Julian, just several minutes away from the town proper. Here they prepare chunks of pork, boil them for 3 hours and then fry them for at least 3 times — producing the crispy skin that bagnet is known for. Of course, we didn’t miss this opportunity to eat freshly cooked bagnet!

These fried bagnets are made and sold by JKLC’s Vigan, a store owned by Cecil Chan and her husband. It is located at the town proper just beside Hotel Felicidad.

Cristy's weaving center in Vigan

Experience cultural immersion in your Vigan tour by witnessing the art of traditional weaving. This practice is done in different areas in the Ilocos Region.

The weaving process involves using a handloom to create intricate patterns and designs on various fabrics, like cotton and abel or inabel (which is an Ilocano term for “to weave” or “woven”). The threads used are often dyed with natural materials, such as leaves, barks, and roots, to achieve vibrant colors.

There are a few handloom weaving centers that you can visit in Vigan City. We visited Cristy’s Loomweaving , where you can see local weavers at work and buy finished inabel products, including towels, blankets, pillowcases, placemats, bags, wallets, and more.

Tela de Bonita in Vigan

Inabel woven products are one of the best souvenirs from Vigan City. These include handbags, towels, blankets, pillowcases, placemats, and even clothes.

You can buy inabel products at souvenir shops along Calle Crisologo. For premium-quality inabel items, I recommend visiting Tienda Verda along De Los Reyes St. and Tela de Bonita , which is sold at the reception area in Hotel Felicidad.

Food in Pinakbet Farm in Vigan

One of the best eats you can find is located several minutes away from Vigan City proper — Pinakbet Farm. This alfresco restaurant is located beside a river and a farm where they source most of their ingredients.

Enjoy pinakbet, bagnet, and grilled chicken and fresh tilapia — all served with KBL (kamatis, bagoong, and lasona). This restaurant also hosts a local dance and musical performance to serenade its customers while eating.

I highly enjoyed eating kamayan-style at this restaurant and recommend it to you as well!

Vigan public market

Although not a usual tourist destination, the Vigan public market is an interesting place to visit and buy pasalubongs from. The market is located about 20 minutes by foot from the town proper; you can also ride a tricycle for easy transport.

At the public market, you can eat traditional Ilocano dishes, buy local vegetables and fruits such as kamias, bottles of vinegar and bagoong, and — of course who would miss the vigan longganisa and bagnet?

Sta. Catalina Beach in Vigan

Sta. Catalina Beach is one of the most underrated tourist attractions in Vigan City. It’s located several minutes away from the town proper and features a long shoreline with fine, gray sand.

This beach is frequented by locals during weekends, so if you want to go for a quiet beach trip, schedule your trip on a weekday. There is also a resort here if you wish to stay overnight.

Located within Vigan City, Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone is an outdoor adventure park offering a variety of activities ideal for adrenaline-seekers, nature lovers, and families looking for a fun day out.

These include a giant swing, kayaking, wall climbing, rappelling across the river, and rock climbing at the rocky landscape of the Banaoang mountains. You can also appreciate the view of the old and new bridges built across the tranquil Abra River.

Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo is a 100-hectare property of rolling plains and hills, famously owned by former governor Chavit Singson. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Vigan City, with families visiting animals in the zoo and exploring the museum inside.

Though the Baluerte is one of the landmark Vigan City tourist spots, it is one that I personally do not recommend. Baluarte is known for keeping exotic animals and one of the activities here is taking pictures with a tiger. Across Southeast Asia, taking selfies with big cats is considered unethical because oftentimes the tigers undergo harsh regimen and are sedated to remain docile. In fact, even the dating app Tinder has banned profile photos with tiger selfies, in concern for animal rights.

Moreover, while the museum in Baluarte features impressive display, there are merely there as trophies. Unlike other museums, it does not seem to promote wildlife care and preservation.

The Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts is a cultural and religious festival in Vigan, held every first week of May. It celebrates the religious feast day (Feast of Apo Sto. Cristo Milagroso), traditional inabel weaving, and the life of the first Filipino leader, Isabelo de los Reyes.

This festival holds different exhibitions and activities, including the “Abel Iloko Fashion Show,” “Kalesa Parade,” “Bagnet Festival,” and the highlight of every festival in the country — a streetdancing competition.

This event is a must-visit for anyone interested in joining festivities and learning about the region’s cultural heritage. Since the festival takes several days, I recommend booking your hotel in advance and looking at the festival itinerary so you can schedule your visit depending on what activity you want to witness.

Here are the commuting details from Manila to Vigan:

  • Option 1 : Take a bus from Pasay or Cubao to Vigan . Travel is around 8-9 hours.
  • Option 2 : There are no airports at Vigan City. The closest airport is Laoag International Airport in Laoag City. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly from Manila to Laoag in selected days. From the airport, ride a bus to Vigan City. Travel time for the bus ride is around 2 hours.

There are several ancestral hotels in Vigan City. Here are some of the best Vigan hotels:

  • Hotel Felicidad . A charming hotel located just a short walk away from Calle Crisologo. Read our review .
  • Hotel Luna . The first museum hotel in the Philippines, featuring beautiful rooms, a gallery with original artworks from local artists including Juan Luna, and a pool. Read our review .

Has this article about the best Vigan tourist spots been helpful to you? If you have other recommended things to do in Vigan, let us know in the comments section below!

Visiting the Ilocos Region? Read the rest of our articles!

  • Best Ilocos Norte Tourist Spots
  • Best Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots
  • Best Vigan Tourist Spots + Things to Do
  • Paoay Sand Dunes
  • Burgos Wind Farm

See our hotel reviews:

  • Hotel Felicidad (Vigan City)
  • Hotel Luna (Vigan City )

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13 Vigan Tourist Spots That You Shouldn’t Miss

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vigan is one of the best places to visit if you want to travel back to the Spanish-era. From beautiful ancestral houses to centuries-old churches, you’ll definitely have a fun-filled trip in this historical city. Here are the top Vigan tourist spots you shouldn’t miss when you visit.

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How To Get To Vigan

From manila.

From Manila, you can ride a bus going to Vigan. Travel time is around 8 hours from Cubao. You can book a flight directly to Laoag and then ride a bus from Laoag to Vigan.

Related: Partas Luxury Bus: Travel to La Union, Vigan, and Laoag from Cubao

From Baguio

If you’re coming from Baguio, you can ride any Partas bus bound to Vigan. Travel time is around 5 to 6 hours!

You can ride buses heading to Vigan. Travel time is around 2 hours.

Important Things To Know About Vigan

ATMs:  There are several banks and ATMs in Vigan. However, it’s best to always carry enough cash.

Languages Spoken:  Most locals can speak Ilocano and are fluent in Tagalog and English.

Festivals on the island: 

  • Vigan Town Fiesta (January)  – The town’s fiesta is a week ling celebration composed of parades, carnivals, beauty contests and cultural shows.
  • Kannawidan Ilocos (January)  – This festival is a celebration of the culture in the province of Ilocos Sur.
  • Viva Vigan Festival of Arts (May)  – You can expect dancing and music during this festival. However, the highlight would be the Tres de Mayo which starts with a mass, then dancing in the Crisologo Street and a kalesa parade.

Best time to visit:  Best months to visit would be from December to February for cooler weather. The months with the least rainfall are November to April.

Getting Around:  To get around La Union, you can choose from the tricycles, jeepneys, and buses.

Vigan Tourist Spots

Calle crisologo.

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I remember looking at the photos of well-preserved cobblestone streets and horse-driven kalesas back when I was in Elementary school and adding it to my bucket list. So when my friend, Steffi and I first visited Vigan way back 2016, our first stop was Calle Crisologo. During day time, you’ll find here hotels, souvenir shops, cafes and bars which I think kinda ruins the travel-back-in-time experience. (If I remember correctly, there’s also a funeral parlor here).

If you want to have Calle Crisologo all to yourselves, I suggest waking up at 5:00 AM and go exploring. This is the best time to take photos. You can also rent a bike from Hotel Felicidad for around P150 per hour and go cycling.

And in all honesty, if you want to see ancestral houses, I’d suggest going to Taal Heritage Town in Batangas. The houses there are in top shape. You can even rent one on Airbnb!

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  • Location: Mena Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City
  • Open 24 hours but most shops close at around 8:00 PM.

Syquia Mansion

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Syquia Mansion is a 19th century stone mansion which was once the home of the late President Elpidio Quirino. Decades ago, government meetings were conducted here. But now, it’s a museum which depicts wealthy living during the Spanish period.

  • Location: Quirino Boulevard cor. Salcedo Street, Vigan City
  • Entrance Fee: P20 per head
  • Open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed every Tuesday)

Crisologo Museum

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Crisologo museum is the ancestral home of the late congressman Floro Crisologo. After his assassination, his wife, Carmeling Crisologo converted their home into a museum in memory of her husband. You can find a lot of antiques, and things the family owns.

  • Location:  Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City
  • Fees: Free but donations are accepted for the museum’s upkeep
  • Open daily from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Villa Angela Heritage House

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Unlike Syquia Mansion and Crisologo Museum, the Villa Angela Heritage House is an ancestral home that was turned into a bed and breakfast. You can find here a photo of Tom Cruise with the owner back when he stayed in 1989.

  • Location: 26 Quirino Blvd., Vigan City
  • Rates start at P3,300+
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Bantay Church Bell Tower

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Boasting of a view of Vigan City, Bantay Church Bell Tower was built back in 1591 and is one of the province’s oldest buildings. In the local dialect, “bantay” means “to guard” which is what the locals used the tower for. In 1857, it was then converted into a church bell tower.

  • Location: It’s 10 to 15 minutes away from Calle Crisologo via tricycle. Back when we went here, we made the mistake of thinking it was near so we walked for nearly 20 minutes under the heat. Haha.
  • Fee: It’s up to you. Donations are accepted for the maintenance of the bell tower.
  • Open daily from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Padre Burgos House

Burgos House

During the Spanish period, there were three Filipino priests known collectively as GomBurZa who were martyred. One of these, Fr. Jose Burgos, once lived in this house. Padre Burgos House is his ancestral home. Now, it’s a museum which houses memorabilia of Father Burgos and his family.

  • Location: Burgos, Vigan City

Mindoro Beach of Vigan

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People love white sandy beaches. But have you ever seen a black sandy beach? Mindoro Beach of Vigan is jet black in color because of the magnetite and iron ore present in the sand. Swim cautiously since the currents are very strong in these parts.

  • Location: Brgy. Mindoro, Vigan City (The beach is pretty far from the city so it’ll be a bit expensive if you do decide to ride a tricycle going there.)

Arce Mansion

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Another ancestral home turned into a museum, Arce Mansion is a must-visit if you want to dress up. For a fee, you can dress up like a don, a dona, a gobernadorcillo or a Chinese immigrant.

  • Location: 87 Quirino Boulevard cor. Abaya Street, Vigan City
  • Fee: P150 for the costumes; P1,500 per person for the costume, photoshoot, dinner, and prints (good for a minimum of 5 people)

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As a writer, I adore Cafe Leona. This cafe is the ancestral home of the poetess Leona Florentino. Their bagnet and longganisa are a must-try. You can find this place at Calle Crisologo.

Abel-Iloko Weaving Community

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Beloved for its quality, Vigan’s traditional woven product the Abel cloth is made at the Abel-Iloko weaving community. You can visit an Abel showroom and learn more about the craft as well as buy some woven products like table napkins, blouses, blankets, shawls, and placemats for souvenirs. Rowilda’s Loom Weaving factory is the most famous in Vigan.

  • Location: Brgy. Camangaan, Vigan
  • Business Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Factory: Weaving activity starts at 8 a.m.) / 7:30 a.m. to evening (Showroom: closing time varies)

Baluarte Zoo

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If you’re traveling with kids, you might want to check this place out. Owned by Chavit Singson, a local politician, Baluarte zoo houses several animals and often has wildlife shows. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella, it’s hard to walk under the harsh sun.

If you are an animal lover, it’s best not to come here. I was honestly traumatized by Singson’s collection of dead animals he hunted at the Safari Gallery.

  • Location: Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Vigan City, 2700 Ilocos Sur
  • Business hours : 7: 00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Admission : Free, but there is a Php 50 fee for the e-cab tour around the zoo.

Pagburnayan

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Aside from weaving, Vigan also boasts jar making. You can stop by the Pagburnayan Jar Making and watch earthenware jars come to life from a potter’s hand. If you’re lucky, you can also try making one. It’s a magical experience. Don’t forget to buy a few jars for souvenirs!

  • Location: Liberation Blvd, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  • Fee: Free but donations are accepted.

Hidden Garden

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This not so hidden place is best place to grab a scrumptious meal. Aside from the food, you can also have a look around and buy plants from the garden. There are a lot of ornamental plants and bonsai.

  • Location: Katipunan St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Where to Stay in Vigan?

Looking for accommodations in Vigan? Here’s a list for you :  Vigan Hotels: 15 Best Accommodations in Vigan City

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Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb .

Get your P2,200 ($44) Airbnb discount here!

Responsible Travel Tips

When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.

1. Respect the environment

Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can. Don’t bring home the sand or any seashell. Leave them where they belong. Missing seashells can have potential detrimental environmental impacts.

Related:  16 Eco-Friendly Travel Products for the Earth-Loving You

2. Avoid single-use plastic

Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.

3. Shop local

Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.

4. Always ask permission

Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children

What to Pack for

  • Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
  • Light Rain Jacket (especially from June to November) 
  • T-shirts, a Nice top, and a Long-sleeved Shirt
  • Power Adapter
  • Universal Waterproof Phone Case
  • Packing Cubes
  • Microfiber Towel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Sneakers, and Some Flats
  • Reusable Straw and Reusable Bag (no to single-use plastic!)

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Vigan Tourist Spot Guide – 18 Popular Places to Visit in Ilocos Sur

  • by Hungry Traveller
  • October 8, 2020 November 28, 2021

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Listed below is a guide to the best Vigan tourist spot. Learn about the culture and rich history and try some of its outdoor fun activities.

Ilocos Sur is not your typical destination for suns and beaches. Visiting will take you back to its 18th-century vibe with its preserved Spanish architecture.

Its capital, Vigan City, holds a UNESCO heritage site recognition. Other than its historical traces, it is also a gastronomic destination thanks to its famous products like the  empanada  and Ilocos  longganisa.

While it is generally hot throughout the year, the best time to travel is March to May. During those months, the temperature ranges from the highs of 33 degrees C to lows of 25 degrees C.

Book your tour in advance to avail of lower rates. April is the busiest month for tourism. However, avail of cheaper accommodations when you consider traveling to less crowded months of March and November.

Traveling from Manila to Vigan, Ilocos Sur

From 6-7 hours of land travel, you will arrive at Ilocos Sur. If you are traveling in your car or a rental one, you will likely come earlier than commuting through public buses.

The fastest way, however, is thru a flight from Manila to Laoag in Ilocos Norte. After that, you will ride a bus with routes going to Vigan City.

Here are the 18 Vigan tourist spot you can include in your itinerary

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1. Calle Crisologo

Travel back in time when you visit this Vigan tourist spot

The most famous Vigan tourist spot is the Calle Crisologo. This street sits in the heart of the Heritage Village recognized by UNESCO.

The grid street pattern of Calle Crisologo showcases century-old houses that line along the pavements made from cobblestones. Kalesa (horse-drawn carriage), however, is the only vehicle permitted to traverse the street.

Spend an early walk while the shops are starting to open so you can enjoy taking pictures without the crowd. The lower floor of these ancient houses is usually souvenir shops or restaurants.

Visiting in the afternoon, on the other hand, gives you an ambiance of the 18th-century vibe. Visitors dine at alfresco or enjoy some drinks to cap off the night.

Shopping for souvenirs and indulging in Ilocano foods are among the things to enjoy on your trip to Ilocos Sur. For extra fun, ride a kalesa while touring Calle Crisologo and other places within the Heritage Village.

2. Plaza Salcedo

The Plaza Salcedo on a bright, sunny day. One of the frequented Vigan tourist spot you shouldn't miss.

The Plaza Salcedo is a nearby Vigan tourist spot not to miss when touring the downtown area. The place is a spacious open park for picture taking during the day and enjoying a free dancing fountain at night.

Pass by here to relax after a long day of a stroll from Calle Crisologo or Vigan Cathedral.

Watch the waters coming from the nozzles come to life as it dances to the beat of the music. Likewise, various lights project upward as the music’s tempo shifts from slow to a fast-paced rhythm.

It would help if you were here early, though, so you could secure a limited seat and enjoy the free show.

3. Vigan Cathedral

Vigan Cathedral stands the test of time since the Spanish colonialism. Include this to your Vigan tourist spot itinerary

The Vigan Cathedral, also known as Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, sits in front of the Salcedo Plaza.

The thick walls you can see outside characterize a Baroque type of construction to resist earthquakes. While renovations improve its stability, notable features remain.

Spend a peaceful afternoon by visiting this Vigan tourist spot. The ornate silver panels of the main altar catch the attention of visitors. There are also 12 smaller altars and noticeable Chinese embellishments.

4. Bantay Church Bell Tower

Climb up a hill and visit a once dating place of the late Gabriella Silang and Diego Silang

The Bell Tower serves as a watchtower in the town of Bantay during the 15th century and World War II.

The belfry sits on top of a hill, and you need to climb the stairs before setting foot at it. Upon reaching the brick structure, an enormous bell hangs at the center. An overlooking view of the town of Bantay and Vigan rewards you after all.

Snap a photo with the belfry as a backdrop, or perform a jump shot for added fun. Ensure to register first at the Tourist Center and request a guide before proceeding to this nearby Vigan tourist spot.

Here’s a fun fact. According to recorded history, Heroes Diego and Gabriella Silang dated on this place during the 17th century.

5. Plaza Burgos

Plaza Burgos is another Vigan tourist spot to hang around when the sun sets

Together with the Plaza Salcedo, the Plaza Burgos are the two main parks in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Fronting across Burgos Street is the Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.

A late afternoon stroll is not complete without tasting their street foods. Here, you get to try their famous empanada, a fried roll filled with minced meat, egg, and vegetables.

The statue is a reminder of Father Jose P. Burgos’ martyrdom during the Spanish colonial.

6. Padre Burgos House

Locally known as  Bahay Na Bato  (stone house), this museum extends the National Museum in Ilocos Sur. This place is where the late Father Burgos grew up.

Learn from the displays and writings of how Father Burgos fought for the equality of Filipino priests. Some of the priest’s belongings, including his old writing tools, photographs, and family antiques, are among the things you can appreciate on your visit.

Aside from Father Burgos’ memorabilia, the museum also holds a series of paintings by Don Esteban Villanueva. The canvas shows an overview of the Basi Revolt against the Spanish rulers and their drastic move to quell the uprising.

7. Crisologo Museum

Learn history when you visit this Ilocos Sur tourist spot called Crisologo Museum

Another museum you should add to your Vigan tourist spot itinerary is the Crisologo Museum. A small vintage house turned into a museum in memory of the late politician Floro S. Crisologo.

An unidentified gunman has assassinated the statesman during his Sunday visit with his wife at Saint Paul Cathedral.

Have a glimpse of the past for free, and learn about the trivial political clan from Vigan. Here, you can learn about the prominent family’s contribution and influence to the province through memorabilia, scriptures, and displays.

The stained dress of the late politician is also among the displays in this museum.

8. Syquia Mansion

Witness the preserved formal living room when you visit this Vigan tourist spot at Sequia Mansion

The Syquia Mansion is an ancestral property where the late President Elpidio Quirino lived with his family.

His wife’s family owns the house and transformed it into a museum that showcases the former president’s memorabilia.

Appreciate the classic interior elements of what was once a presidential villa. It features a high ceiling, hardwood flooring, antique wood furniture, porcelain jars.

You even get to check the secret hallways for servants back then, so guests cannot see them.

Visiting this Vigan tourist spot, along with the other museums, is both fun and informative.

9. Chapel By The Ruins

When you visit the Saint Augustine Church, don’t forget to pass by a small chapel within its compound.

This place is the remnant of the old church from the destruction during World War II. The walled vicinity and open space make it a spot for a silent moment and reflection.

Say a little prayer on the bench, and appreciate the greens around the walls. The antique displays add a vintage vibe, though.

Visiting with your family or significant other makes this visit a memorable one.

10. Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Appreciate cultural arts by trying making your own pots

Visiting Ilocos Sur tourist spots lets you learn about the rich culture and history of the region.

One way to have an in-depth appreciation of its tradition is by visiting this local jar factory.

Witness how pots mold into a beautiful one from raw earthen material. You can also get to try yourself after some instructions from your local guide.

The jar-making industry took inspiration from Chinese immigrants who then settled in the province.

Pottery making is indeed a fun activity for kids and adults as well

11. Baluarte Zoo

Kids will love visiting this Ilocos Sur tourist spot. Some animals are openly roaming around, though.

Just a few minutes from the city center is the Baluarte Zoo.

Kids will enjoy seeing wild animals up close and when you visit this Ilocos Sur tourist spot. The zoo houses big cats like leopards and Bengal tigers. Similarly, they also have other domesticated animals like monkeys and parrots.

For your mandatory selfies, some life-size dinosaur displays make an excellent backdrop as well.

While admission is free, an exclusive tour for a minimal fee is also available upon request.

The complex also houses souvenir shops and stores, so you can grab some bites while having fun.

12. Hidden Garden

Experience dining on a refreshing ambiance at Hidden Garden, just a few minutes ride away from Vigan City.

Trees and flowering plants give the place a relaxing view. Plant lovers can buy some as well.

Hidden Garden serves authentic Ilocano dishes, perfect to start the day when you tour the city.

13. Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

Zipline across the Abra river

The Adventure Zone is for outdoor fun-seekers during the day and dines at restaurants in Calle Crisologo at night.

More than visiting the museums, tourist has a chance to spend a different day filled with adrenaline-rocking activities.

The main attraction is its 400-meter long zipline, which requires you to first climb a 5 level platform. You will then traverse the Abra River, which is usually calm and clear during the summer.

Parallel to the zipline is the postcard-like Quirino Bridge that connects the towns of Bantay and Santa.

This Ilocos Sur tourist spot also offers other activities worth trying like rock climbing and rappelling, kayaking, and giant swing.

14. Twin Bridge

The old Quezon Bridge

The Quirino Bridge and Banaoang Bridge both span across the Abra River.

The Banaoang bridge replaced the Quirino Bridge. Years after its impairment from a typhoon, the local government has initiated refurbishment to restore its beauty.

The old bridge makes a scenic spot for photographers, thanks to its metal framing construction. Likewise, the mountains on both sides add a dramatic effect as a backdrop.

15. Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH)

Showcase your adventure spirit when you try the thrilling activities at Narvacan Outdoor Adventure Hub. Find out why you need to include this in your list of the following Ilocos Sur tourist spot itinerary.

The outdoor complex sits perfectly between a mountain and the sea. They offer activities like paragliding, mountain climbing, off-road driving, and kitesurfing.

The highlight of its offerings is the tandem paragliding. Here, you’ll be riding with a pilot, so your role is to relax and enjoy the panoramic view.

For the brave heart, you get to try their  Via Perrata , a.k.a Iron Path. When gears are all set, you will start climbing to its fixed iron rungs. The steel cable securely guides with the harness and the connected hook. After reaching the peak, you will be descending thru a Tyrolean traverse.

NOAH offers food and accommodation packages as well. End your day with delicious food from their restaurant ARKO. Note that they serve both local and foreign dishes.

If you want to extend your stay, you can camp by bringing with you your tent. Just pay a small fee, though, for the use of utilities. Airconditioned rooms are available for booking as well.

16. Mindoro Beach

Sunset at Mindoro Beach in Vigan

While it is not advisable for any swimming activities, visiting Mindoro Beach is still an excellent addition to your itinerary.

The beach features jet black sand that is rich in iron ore and magnetite. It has strong currents year-round, but walking along its shoreline still calls for a charming activity.

Visiting in the afternoon is ideal for a sunset view, as it lies on the west coast.

17. Santiago Cove

If you are coming from Metro Manila, you will be passing by the town of Santiago. Frequently missed by tourists, a small paradise lies on its cove.

The Sabangan Cove, or commonly referred to as Santiago Cove, has fine white sands. Unlike the Mindoro beach, the water here is calm and is perfect for a quick swim.

The road along the coast is a great spot to jog early in the morning or at dawn.

If you plan to spend a lunch picnic on the beach, there are cottages you can rent.

18. Munch to their Ilocano Dishes

The famous Ilocos empanada in Vigan Ilcocos Sur

Aside from the many Vigan tourist spots, Ilocos Sur is also known for its empanada. It is a fried stuffing rolled in a flour dough with vibrant, orange color.

The filling combines a mixture of shredded green papaya, minced pork sausage (longganisa), and a raw egg, rolled together and deep-fried.

Try tasting their Sinanglaw as well. It is a soup-based dish made from beef meat, and its innards are savored with garlic, ginger, onion, and  kamias . It pairs well with a local beer when you’re spending late-night drinks.

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Turn back in time when visiting vigan tourist spots.

Arc entrance going to Ilocos Sur

Visiting Ilocos Sur will amaze you with its preserved architecture and its rich cultural heritage. Whether spending a quick weekend getaway or a family vacation, you won’t run out of fun things to do in the province.

Plan your next tour now and while drafting your Vigan tourist spot itinerary. While it is always hot in the region, sunblocks and umbrellas help maximize outdoor activities.

Foods and accommodations around the city are relatively cheaper, so you won’t worry about spending more.

Buy local crafts and souvenirs, as this helps small businesses in the region.

Comment down below if you know some of the newest attractions in the province of Ilocos Sur.

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15 Best VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS (Ilocos Sur)

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Known for its perfectly-preserved Spanish Colonial architecture and culture, Vigan, Ilocos Sur easily became one of the country’s tourism giants. Inviting millions of tourists not only from different parts of the country but the whole world!

This undeniably charming beauty of Vigan is exactly the reason why it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites , all the more reason for you to visit it! Well, who wouldn’t want to experience traveling back in time, right? Imagine yourself at night walking along the cobblestone streets of Vigan City with rustic mansions and horse-drawn carriages or kalesa around you. And by the streets, you’ll spot local vendors offering some of the best Filipino dishes of all time such as Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet , and more. Ah, what a beautiful experience indeed. Well, I guess it’s your lucky day today because we’ll be exploring the 15 Best Tourist Spots in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, and its nearby provinces!

Are you ready? I sure hope you are because this will be one of the most memorable trips of your life. Let’s go!

1. Calle Crisologo

The first one on the list and probably the ultimate destination in Vigan City is the iconic Calle Crisologo which beautifully embodies the historic Spanish Colonial Era in the Philippines. With streets filled with timeless cobblestones, lines of rustic mansions, tungsten lamps, and horse-drawn carriages or kalesas dwelling on the streets, it will amazingly feel like you’re traveling back to the olden times when our national heroes like Dr. Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and Apolinario Mabini lived.

Although Calle Crisologo only spans a short 500-meter distance, walking along this historic half-kilometer street will certainly be the highlight of your trip. Well, on top of the fact that Calle Crisologo is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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Oh, and aside from admiring all the breathtaking attractions of Calle Crisologo, it’s also the best time to try out some of Vigan, Ilocos Sur’s finest treats and delicacies. There are lots of souvenir shops and local vendors stationed along Calle Crisologo selling all-time favorite snacks like Ilocos Empanada, Bagnet, and more! If I were you, I wouldn’t miss this chance to buy merienda and lots of pasalubong! CHECK THE BEST HOTELS IN VIGAN HERE

2. Bantay Church Bell Tower

Our next destination is considered one of the most significant historical and religious symbols of Ilocos Sur. The Bantay Church Bell Tower was built in 1591 and was originally intended to be the watchtower of the town of Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

For many centuries, the tower watched over the safety of the people living in Bantay and Vigan. It’s strategically located on top of a hill so soldiers would be able to have a great vantage point over the towns. Well, that also meant that tourists would have a spectacular view of the landscape today! It’s even believed in history that the Bantay Church Bell Tower was the favorite date spot of the famous couple Diego and Gabriela Silang!

Bantay Church Bell Tower

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Today, Bantay Church Bell Tower serves as the bell tower of Saint Augustine Parish Church, which are noticeably detached from each other. This is because the bell tower was constructed way before the church! Interesting, right? Anyway, make sure to take lots and lots of amazing pictures during your visit here to Bantay Church Bell Tower because it will indeed become one of the highlights of your Vigan adventure.

3. Vigan Cathedral

Another historically and religiously significant attraction in Vigan City is the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle or simply, the Vigan Cathedral. The reason why this cathedral became famous is that it’s a major part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan City. Also, it serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, which covers the whole province of Ilocos Sur .

Vigan Cathedral

Tourists, especially pilgrims, make sure that they are able to visit and offer prayers during their Vigan City adventure. The Vigan Cathedral in itself is already a must-see attraction because of the architectural brilliance applied to the structure. It has an Earthquake Baroque style which also beautifully highlights the large buttresses on its side. Don’t forget to take some nice pictures as your remembrance!

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4. National Museum of the Philippines | Ilocos Museum Regional Complex

If you’re interested in knowing more about Ilocos province’s rich culture and history, then dropping by the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex in Burgos, Vigan City should be the perfect choice for you. The museum complex is managed by the National Museum of the Philippines so everything is for free, better make the most out of it! There are two (2) major attractions here in the museum complex which are both prominent figures in our country’s national history. And they are both proud Ilokanos! First, is the Burgos Museum which holds the collection of Padre Jose Burgos’ life memorabilia, one of the 3 martyrs GomBurZa priests. Burgos Museum is actually the ancestral house of Padre Burgos so everything you’ll see around the museum were personal belongings and artifacts by the martyr priest himself.

The other one pays tribute to the 6th President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino. What was once the Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail turned into a special exhibit featuring some of President Quirino’s important memorabilia and historical items. Probably one of the highlights of this museum is the spectacular replica of President Quirino’s room featuring some of the actual clothes he wore during his time as president. I’m sure you’ll find it interesting wandering around the Ilocos Museum Regional Complex especially if you’re a certified history buff!

5. Chapel by The Ruins

Ah, there’s really something special about old and vintage buildings that makes us fall in love, right? Well, prepare to fall in love once you reach our next destination, Chapel by The Ruins! This serene and solemn place is actually located beside the Saint Augustine Parish Church, the same church where the famous Bantay Church Bell Tower is stationed.

Chapel by The Ruins

Photo of TripAdvisor

It’s a really small outdoor chapel featuring stone benches and altars where you can quietly meditate and offer your prayers. Tourists visiting the church are usually invited to spend some time at the Chapel by The Ruins, especially after holy masses.

6. Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Diving deeper into the rich culture and traditions of Ilocos, you’ll discover the beautiful practice of making Pagburnayan or Burnay Jars. Originating in the small village of Pagburnayan in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, local potters utilized a hundred-year-old process of making durable clay jars.

Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Photo from Tourist Portal PH

These villagers mastered the art and craft of baking, kneading, and molding clay into perfection. It’s also a good thing that these beautiful Burnay Jars are still being promoted thanks to the thriving tourism industry of Vigan. So make sure to visit a Pagburnayan Jar Factory during your Vigan adventure to learn more about making Burnay Jars and even buy lots of pasalubong for your loved ones.

7. Plaza Burgos

Up next, if you just want to sit back, relax, and watch the beautiful culture of Vigan City unfold right before your eyes, then the best place you should visit is Plaza Burgos. This important landmark pays tribute yet again to Padre Jose Burgos, one of the three Filipino priest martyrs, the GomBurZa. Visitors are also encouraged to wander around, learn more about Ilocos Sur’s grand history, meet wonderful people, and take awesome pictures!

Plaza Burgos

Photo of Wikimedia Commons

The park is open for everyone and one of its wonderful highlights is the street vendors selling delicious Ilocos Empanada! Well, nothing tastes better than how the locals do it, right? So might as well give it a try!

8. Arce Mansion

If you want to dive even deeper into the rich and colorful history of Ilocos Sur, then visiting the famous Arce Mansion in Vigan City would be the best choice! Arce Mansion will give you an all-in experience of living during the vintage times of the Spanish and American Colonial periods. The mansion features authentic items and memorabilia from the periods and they also have excellent staff offering to give you a full-course service of traditional Filipino and Ilokano cuisine.

The catch? You have to choose a costume to wear during the whole experience! You can choose to dress like an Ilustrado, Prayle, Gobernadorcillo, or even a simple Indio. Classy, right? Make sure to take awesome pictures as a remembrance of your visit!

9. Syquia Mansion

Another spectacular chance to dive deeper into Vigan City’s history and culture is by visiting the Syquia Mansion. The entire mansion in itself is already a precious gem of Philippine History as it presents the perfectly preserved Bahay-na-Bato architecture which was dominant during the Spanish Colonial Era. Inside the Syquia Mansion, you’ll find breathtaking collections and exhibits of significant family heirlooms and artifacts of powerful Ilokano families, specifically the Ang Co family.

Syquia Mansion

Photo of Tripadvisor

Visitors can also pose for pictures while wandering around the museum and inspect the grand traditional rooms inside the mansion. The best part? Entrance tickets only cost as low as P75 for regular adult customers!

10. Mindoro Beach

After exploring all the historical attractions of Vigan, it’s finally time to relax for a bit and focus our attention on the province’s natural wonders, right? On that note, our next destination is no other than Vigan City’s famous Mindoro Beach! Also known as the “Black Sand Beach of Vigan”, this laidback and relaxing beach destination faces the calm and dark blue waters of the West Philippine Sea. And as its iconic nickname suggests, Mindoro Beach is known for its beautiful, fine, black sands.

Mindoro Beach of Vigan

Photo by TripAdvisor

What many tourists and locals chase in Mindoro Beach is the mesmerizing sunset as dawn arrives. You’ll notice more and more people get to the beach, unpack their things on the rented cottages, and simply enjoy their time as the sun graciously comes down. Surely, visiting Mindoro Beach will be one of the highlights of your trip especially if you want to have a breath of fresh ocean air!

11. Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

Ah, right after a quick and relaxing aide trip to Mindoro Beach, it’s time yet again to take on another adrenaline-pumping adventure! Are you ready? Let’s go to the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone! This famous attraction is not exactly located within Vigan City but it’s relatively near so adding it to one of your side trips to Ilocos Sur isn’t a bad idea at all. Nestled along the borders of Bantay and Santa, ISAZ features lots of extremely fun and exciting activities for everyone!

Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

Photo by Ilocos Sur ADventure Zone

If you’re an outdoor lover, I’m sure that you’ll have the best time engaging with rappelling activities, kayaking, zipline, and even Zorb Balls. There are also other watersports activities held on Abra River for extreme junkies out there! Oh, and aside from enjoying these extreme activities, visitors can also admire the architectural beauty of the Old Quirino Bridge and take awesome pictures while they’re at it.

12. Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo

Up next, who wouldn’t want to meet exotic wild animals up close and even have the chance of safely interacting with them? Ah, that’s exactly what we’ll do when we visit the Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo of Vigan City! This huge zoological park covering an enormous area of 100 hectares is owned by Chavit Singson, one of the biggest names in Philippine politics and the business industry. Baluarte is often dubbed as the “Home of the Big Cats in Vigan” because one of the highlights of the zoo is the majestic Bengal Tigers and many more animals such as sea lions, iguanas, pythons, and other species of birds and reptiles.

Baluarte Zoo Vigan Ilocos Sur

As years go by, Baluarte Zoo keeps on expanding and developing more attractions while taking care of these wild animals. The best part of visiting Baluarte Resort and Mini Zoo is that it has no entrance fee! Anyone and everyone can spend their day around the 100-hectare park and even enjoy a picnic with their loved ones while safely admiring the beautiful wild animals.

READ THE BLOG POST: Baluarte Zoo in Ilocos Sur

13. Crisologo Museum

After visiting the Home of the Big Cats of Vigan, we’re now off to explore yet another important piece of Ilocos Sur’s exceptional history, the Crisologo Museum. Inside the museum, you’ll find excellent artifacts, memorabilia, and pieces owned by the Crisologo Family, one of the province’s most prominent families in history.

Crisologo Museum

Photo by Vigan Paradores

Wandering around the two-story museum will make you feel like you’re traveling back in time as you admire several antique items and furniture. It would really be a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone, especially history buffs out there!

14. RG Jar Factory

As we’re nearing the end of our ultimate Vigan adventure, let me bring you to one of the best places to buy a souvenir from the province. Any guesses? Ah, that’s right! We’re heading to RG Jar Factory, one of the few authentic places left where tourists can witness how Burnay Jars are made and even try making their own. This is actually one of the fun and educational experiences you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Vigan. Here at RG Jar Factory, you’ll be amazed at how expert potters are able to turn simple clay into amazing pieces of artwork. There really are lessons on how to make these so better make the most out of it! Aside from that, there are also souvenir shops and vendors inside where you can buy delicious Ilokano snacks like the one and only Ilocos Empanada!

15. Have a Gastronomical Feast Featuring Ilocano Cuisine!

Ah, finally! You can say that we absolutely saved the best for last. After exploring and discovering Vigan’s most precious gems, our trip surely wouldn’t be complete without having a well-deserved gastronomical feast of Ilocos’ finest treats and delicacies, right? Now, there’s a countless list of must-try restaurants and cafès in Vigan City. And they all serve mouthwatering Ilocano dishes featuring some of the all-time favorites like Bagnet, Vigan Longganisa, Pinakbet, Sinanglao, and many more!

Vigan Empanada

So if you’re planning to have a feast and taste some of these amazing dishes, here’s a list of our recommended restaurants that you should visit. Make sure to drop by Irene’s Vigan Empanada, Calle Brewery, 1995 Studio Cafè, and of course, the iconic Casa Lourdes located at Calle Crisologo itself!

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Vigan City launches tourist passport as it celebrates its arts festival

Vigan City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Ilocos Region, and its main draw is the handsome heritage houses, the Filipino bahay na bato , that date back to the Spanish colonial era. These old houses cluster around Calle Crisologo, the heritage center of the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur in northwestern Luzon Island, and the area, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, has highest concentration of heritage structures in the Philippines.

The city also has several museums, extraordinary for regions outside of Metro Manila, and traditional crafts such as pottery and textile weaving still survive and had become tourist attractions. It also affords visitors a taste of the food of the Ilocano people, the dominant ethnic group in the region, such as pinakbet , poque-poque , tinubong , their version of the empanada and bagnet .

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The local government has been concocting touristic events and products to entice more visitors, especially now that tourism in the area is recovering from the lockdowns because of the coronavirus pandemic and the July 2022 northern Luzon earthquake, which damaged several old structures in the area including the 19th-century Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle and the Saint Augustine of Hippo Church of neighboring town of Bantay, which remain closed until today.

One of the city’s touristic efforts is its own tourist passport. Using a tourist passport has recently become a fun activity for tourists in several areas around the world. In Taiwan, for example, tourists earn cute stamps on their passports on every destination and landmark they visit. In the Philippines, the Department of Tourism issued Jose Rizal passports in 2011 in celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Filipino writer and hero. Tourists earned stamps in sites associated with Rizal all over the Philippines such as his birthplace in Calamba, Laguna, and his place of exile in Dapitan, Zamboange del Norte. Tourists who completed their stamps earned prizes.

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In Vigan City, the passport is a way to boost local businesses, according to its mayor, Jose “Bonito” Singson, Jr., who is from the province’s most dominant political clan and who spearheaded the venture. The Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista is said to have a rewards system, and holders earn stamps by patronizing stores, restaurants and other establishments in the city.

The launch of the tourist passport on 28 April served as the opening event of the Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts, which ran until 5 May. The Binatbatan is one of three main festivals of the city, strategically scheduled throughout the year.  The Longganisa Festival in the early part of the year is inspired by the city’s popular version of the Filipino pork sausage, while the Raniag: The Vigan Twilight Festival in October features the celebration of Halloween and the traditional local undas , which honors the departed. Binatbatan is in the middle of the hot, dry season, and highlights heritage, creativity and culture.

The launch was held on charming Calle Crisologo led by Singson, a whole day affair starting with a motorcade in the morning and an al-fresco program with dinner in the evening. The event was attended by provincial and city government officials and employees, visitors and special guests such as former senator Anna Dominique “Nikki” Marquez-Lim Coseteng.

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The tourist passports were readily made available to purchase through booths placed on the main street, at the city hall and online at www.vigancity.gov.ph .

Singson hinted at more tourism projects to come.

The Binatbatan Festival started rolling. A mural, a collaboration among local artists, has just been unveiled at the Plaza Burgos, where Art in the Park was held on 29 April, including an art exhibit and a painting contest. At night, several groups performed at the Vigan Dance Festival 7.  The Food and Trade Fair, at the Boardwalk on Govantes Dike, by the banks of Mestizo River, and the Abel Product Expo were opened on that day.

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On 30 April, the Capture the Vigan Experience: On the Spot Photography Competition was held with the theme “Time Travel” for the Professional Category and “Ilocano Heritage Hospitality” for the Amateur Category, as well as the Television and Music Video Competition.

While the Black and White Photography Exhibit was mounted on Calle Crisologo, the Abel and Recycled Costume Ramparade featured designs using recycled materials and the local hand-woven textile at the Vigan City Hall.

Other festival events and activities included the Abel Iloco Fashion Show and Competition, the Damili Jar Painting Competition, Reynas ti Mayo, Kalesa Parade and Competition, Carabao Painting and Pasagad Dressing, Ramada Traditional Games, a skateboarding competition, and the Binatbatan Tattto and Band Festival.

The festival concluded with the street-dancing and showdown competition, a regular fixture in recently created Philippines festivals. Contingents of young performers danced on the streets in colorful costumes carrying batbats or bamboo sticks, and mimicking the movements of the batbatin , the traditional process of taking the seeds out of the dried fiber of the kapok, or kapas in Ilokano, by beating the cotton-like material with sticks, which the festival memorializes and from which it derived its name.

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