Unlike many cities in the Philippines, Vigan’s heritage has been preserved. You’ll see architecture influenced by Chinese, Mexican, and Spanish styles. Old cobble stone streets are beautifully preserved and make for that classic sound when horse hooves come down the lanes. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time, to a more romantic era.
Juan Luna Shrine
Juan Luna Shrine is the recreation of the original two-story middle-class country home of Juan Luna y Novicio (October 23, 1857 – December 7, 1899) – a world renowned painter, sculptor and political activist. This house was burned down in 1861. The lower portion of the house showcase replicas of his works like “spolarium”, some house hold artifacts and vintage family photo.
The Miraculous Virgin Church
Estimated to be 400 years old, the revered image of La Virgen Milagros de Badoc is enshrined and venerated in the more than 200 year old imposing brick-and-stone baroque Catholic Church of the Parish of Saint John the Baptist in Badoc, Ilocos Norte. Inside the church one will find the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus wrapped in her arms.
Countless miracles have been ascribed to the beloved image of La Virgin Milagrosa de Badoc which have kindled and heightened the veneration and devotion of the people from the Ilocos region for which the image was really meant. Realizing the intense and widespread devotion, the Diocese of Laoag proclaimed the wooden image of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc as the Patrones of Ilocos Norte on May 2, 1980. This church in Badoc was the pilgrimate site for the Great Jubilee Year 2000.
Pinili Garlic Stands
Bawang is the Filipino word for garlic ilocos is one of the major producers of native garlic in the Philippines and lot’s of native stall stands are selling this item along the road. It can lasts until 2 months by simply hanging it in your house air dry to preserve it longer.
Padre Burgos Murseum.
Padre Jose Burgos National Museum located in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, was once the ancestral house of Father Jose Burgos who was one of the three martyr priests known as GOMBURZA executed by the Spanish in 1872. It was built in 1788 and owned by his grandparents Don Juan Gonzales and Dona Florentina Gascon. The local government of Vigan has funded the museum to maintain its 19th century interior and its well-preserved kitchen.
This museum houses an extensive collection of Ilocano artifacts, including a series of 14 paintings by the locally famed painter Don Esteban Villanueva depicting the 1807 Basi Revolt. Some other displays that can be found here are the weavings, Tingguian (Itneg) jewellery, musical instruments, pottery, photos of Easter processions and elaborate furniture and fixtures.
Pagburnayan is located in Brgy. Pagburnayan Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Pagburnayan is a place where they used the old and authentic methods in pottery. The root word “burnay” is an earthenware jar crafted by a potter’s hand with the aid of a potter’s wheel. They used anay as a material and heat it with high temperature to ensure its harder and more durable.
The empanadahan sits on the eastern edge of the plaza dedicated to Padre Jose P. Burgos, the Filipino priest who was executed garrote-style with fellow Padre Gomez and Zamora for fighting on behalf of ecclesiastical reforms in the country during colonial times. The plaza is one of the two major squares in the city