Vigan is the capital city of Ilocos Sur. Probably one of the most iconic places in the Philippines wherein the culture and heritage of Filipinos still live. Consists of old houses, brick walls and calesas during spanish colony, still preserved at its best. It is one of the 21 finalists of the new 7 wonders cities.
This city is also awarded as a UNESCO heritage site.
There are several bus lines that ply from Manila to Vigan
a. Partas – 725-1740, 725-1256, 725-7303, 724-9820
b. Dominion Bus
c. Viron Transit
d. Florida Bus Line – 731-4473, 781-5894
e. Baliwag – 524-7111, 525-1067, 525-3064, 525-6769, 525-2338, 525-2294
f. Fariñas – 743-8582, 731-4507, 731-4375, 743-8580
G. Maria De Leon Bus Lines – 731-4907
h. RCJ Bus Lines – 741-2994, 781-9306
We arrived in Vigan from Laoag via Partas Bus for 150 php. Everything in Laoag is accessible via tricycle, approximately a 2-hr bus ride. Around 6:30 pm, we’re already in Vigan. Since, we don’t have any hotel booking, we decided to hail a tricycle and asked him to drop us off to Villa Angela. This hotel is famous because Tom Cruise once slept here when he filmed a movie in Vigan. Upon, arrival we are greeted with a dilapidated old house with scary surroundings, we almost forgot that everything here is old anyway. But this one is really scary, it has a very quiet surrounding, rustic feeling and as we walk towards the villa, we suddenly hear a dog howling. As scared as we are, we immediately turn our backs and run away. Hahaha
We hailed another tricycle and he brought us to Grandpa’s Inn. It is located at the heart of the busy street of Calle Crisologo. Still has that old ancestral house feeling but manageable. Luckily, they still have one vacant room.
Recommedation: 😊😊😊 ok for a night or 2 but not for a long period of time. It’s a bit scary and i really can’t sleep well at night. So paranoid that a ghost might just pop in any corner. Hahaha. But its nice to experience living in an old hispanic house.
Museums are located just walking distance from Calle Crisologo. They were old ancestral houses converted into a Museum.
This is Must-See city in The Philippines, wherein everything is preserved at its finest.