Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur is a major travel destination in the Philippines. If you take a road trip to Ilocos, then Vigan is your first main stop. You are likely to spend the first night here before driving further up north as you’re in dire need to stretch your legs, let your blood circulate and fuel your bodies with bagnet, empanada and ukoy…and the pinakbet pizza is a must-try, too.
This city is a World Heritage Site, having preserved Hispanic houses and cobblestone roads, and uniquely combined Philippine, Chinese and Spanish cultural influences in its architecture. And once you hear the clippity-clop of a horse from a kalesa, it does feel like you have traveled back in Padre Jose Burgos’ time in the 1800s. A photo walk in Calle Crisologo is an opportunity to work in black & white. It does create a classic and nostalgic feel in one’s photographs.