Ilocos Express (Part 1) : Vigan

"Ilocos empanada!"

That's what I kept yapping about during the long drive to the Ilocos Region for our family trip last March.  The region, of course, is more than their famous food.  I've long wanted to go on a road trip to Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte but since it would entail at least four days of long drive for you to be able to visit all the must-see places, it took me a while before I finally did.

So in this "Ilocos Express" series, I'll try to do justice in showcasing the cultural gems of the north.

Our first stop: the town of Vigan.

"Vigan is so special, UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Site and noted, “Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well-preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia. The architecture is truly reflective of its roots in both materials and design, in its fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning.”" (Read more here.)  

Calle Crisologo

Vigan is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines and its famous landmark is Calle Crislogo.