Postcard #23 – Vigan’s Hispanic CharmOn July 22, 2012 by Marie Gizelle
UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated five World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. I am fortunate enough to receive a postcard of one of those designated sites…Thanks to a blogging friend Vix of mumwrites.com for this postcard depicting a street in Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur. Although deserted with a glimpse of a lone calesa (horse-drawn carriage), one can see the old world charm that attracts both tourist and locals to this city. The churches, the houses and the streets speak Spanish influence and you might even want to stay in an old-style hotel that will take you back to experience how it was a century before.
Ancestral homes of capiz shell windows, souvenir stores, cafes and antique shops integrated into the landscape, lining up streets topped with cobblestones, calesas and pottery characterizes this lovely city. There are also a lot of museums to visit to help one learn more about Philippine and Vigan history in particular…
Aside from the historical significance and the Hispanic charm, Vigan is also known for delicacies such as longganisa, empanada and bagnet…that’s loclal sausages, stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried and crispy pork belly, respectively. You might find yourself traversing those cobblestones in to a wonderful corner of the most delicious meal one could ever have…I’ve listed Vigan as one of the places to visit on my bucket list, you should too!
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