Wednesday, December 10

Vigan's New 7 Wonder Cities of the World Title Makes It an Interesting Tourist Destination

Tourist spots in Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Vigan's inclusion in the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World opens more opportunity for the city.  As an World Heritage site, it deserve to have this new title. It will attract more foreign and local tourists and make the city a more interesting place to visit.

Aside from its rich and strong cultural heritage, the city boasts of  other great sites and places that are exciting to explore. Here are some of them:

Calle Crisologo.  Explore the cobble-stoned street of Calle Crisologo with its Spanish period ancestral houses. You can also ride a calesa (horse-drawn carriage)  to wander around the area.

Calle Quirino. Visit the Syquia Mansion where President Elpidio Quirino, the 6th President of the Philippines, lived. The mansion is a must-see if you visit Vigan. It's high ceiling rooms, wood carvings, country lasses, oriental porcelain, and antique wooden furniture will not only bring you to the past but also let you wonder on its timeless beauty.

Mestizo River tour. Take a cruise at the Mestizo river where Vigan natives traded with the Chinese during the pre-colonial times. The cruise will take you to important spots where life-sized dioramas are built. You can also see Vigan's rich biodiversity through the river tour.

Century-old Churches. Another landmark in the city is the Vigan Cathedral (Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral). It was built on April 30, 1575 by Augustinians in honor of Saint Paul. You should also include in your itinerary the St. Augustine Parish Church in Bantay. It has a stunning bell tower that stands on a hill and houses the oldest Marian image in the province.

There are other great tourists spots in Vigan that you can explore. The next time you visit Ilocos Sur, don't  forget Vigan in your itinerary.

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