Getting on a road trip to the North is an extraordinary experience. We had the entire week to explore 3 provinces, spending 3 days and 2 nights on each including the travel.
We started our adventure in the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur. Luckily, it only took us 7 hours to get there. Shorter than the expected 8-10 hours drive coming from Manila. Vigan City is different from other because its the only surviving historic city from the 16th Century Spanish Colonial period.
Here are the highlights of the the places we've been in Vigan.
Calle Crisologo is a Vigan Heritage Village, one of its the major attractions. The old streets, houses and buildings brings you back to the period of the Philippine Spanish Colonization time. You can take a calesa ride to take you around the tourist spots.
Bantay Bell Tower
This old historic belfry of the church is know as the "Bantay Bell Tower", that served way back in the Spanish Colonial Era as a watchtower for the pirates, where it got its name "Bantay" (means to guard).
Pagburnayan is an iconic pottery place in Vigan. You'll see skilled potters do their craft in this jar factory, were old and authentic methods in pottery are still observed.
Cristy's Loom Weaving
You can find all sorts loom weaved products in Cristy Loom Weaving Shop. They do a mini demo of how the blankets are being done, then after that you can head to the shop, where you can buy your own authentic loom weaved blankets, towels, etc.
Baluarte is an attraction in Vigan owned by Mr. Chavit Singson. Where showcases his own collection of animals that he personally hunted. The mini Zoo has an incredible collection of animals, such as cloud rat, wallabies, bengal Tiger, kangaroo and many other more.
And the best part is, they offer camel rides.
Published by Vanessa Jane Mendoza