Vigan, officially the City of Vigan (Ilocano: Ciudad ti Bigan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Vigan) is a fourth class city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. In May 2015, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Beirut, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz.
The area of Vigan was originally a settlement of traders coming from the Fujian Province, China. At the time of Spanish colonisation, the Chinese settlers, whose language was Southern Fujianese (Min Nan, often referred to as “Hokkien” by most Filipinos), referred to the area as “Bee Gan” (Chinese: 美岸; pinyin: Měi’àn), which means “Beautiful Shore.” Since the Spanish conquistadors interchanged V and the B to refer to the /b/ sound, they spelled the Hokkien Chinese name “Bee Gan” as “Vigan”, which is the name used to this day. The city’s full name at the time of its Spanish foundation was “Villa Fernandina”, or “Town of Ferdinand”, in honor of Prince Ferdinand, the firstborn son of King Philip II of Spain. As the city grew, and the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia transferred to Vigan, it was later renamed “Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan” (“Ferdinand’s City of Vigan”). (From Wikipedia)
SEVEN THINGS/ACTIVITIES you can do in Vigan:
1. Kalesa ride around the city.. or walk and mark your footprints on the cobblestones.
2. Find antique items.. but be careful for pseudo-antiques.
3. Eat empanada and sinanglao.. but first, find out the ingredients.
4. Locate these graveyards. Surprise! You never thought of finding them in that location? 🙂
5. Be amazed with the dancing lights.
6. Order the smallest burger at Kusina de Kenyong. 🙂 (Photo from Kusina de Kenyong FB Page)
7. Dine alfresco at Cafe Leona.