Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lakbay Norte: Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines (Day 4)

Day 4 - March 17, 2012
After getting some quality shut eye, we woke up to a beautiful morning in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. 
Realizing we had ample time to spend the entire day wandering around the Hispanic town, we decided to don our presentable ensembles to add up a stylish feel in our tour. Haha.
To mention few facts about Vigan, it is generally the capital of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is a World Heritage Site and it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the country. Vigan is recognized for its cobblestone streets and unparalleled construction that blends Philippine, Oriental and European inspired edifices and architecture. 
As far as I am concerned, Vigan has the most delicious empanada ever! 
Nothing compares! :)
Wandering around Vigan would mean riding on a horse driven carriage. And so horse driven carriage we did. :)
Vigan had a lot to offer.  
We headed towards the humble abode of their reputable governor, Chavit Singson. 
Little did we know this Filipino politician was fond of the wildlife.
 Hence, the renowned Chavit Singson's Baluarte.
Baluarte was not just an ordinary zoo where in animals were surrounded with steel bars and maintaining a social distance is mandatory.
It was a different way in Baluarte.
It was more of an interactive wildlife sanctuary that allows its visitors first-hand experience in learning the protection and conservation of endangered species and wildlife. 
More to that, the vast stretch of the field and scenic boulders were as captivating as the sky high trees and luscious greens that surrounded the entire landscape.
Fast Facts:
Open everyday from 7 am to 6pm.
Admission is FREE.
Rides are FREE.
How cool is that? :)
The day was getting better as we headed to our next stop, the Tagburnayan Pottery Making.
We kind of pulled off the infamous Ghost stunt. Haha. 
To wrap up the day, we continued around Bantay Bell Tower, Plaza Burgos, St. Paul Cathedral, Plaza Salcedo and the Archbishop Palace. .. 
Vigan was indeed an ultimate blast from the past.
Ay Ayatin Ka, Vigan ♥ 

Special Vigan Empanada = P35
Ice Cream = P10 
Green R Hotel = P950/4 = P240
Kalesa Tour c/o Kuya Norbert = P700/4 = P175

Lunch @ Hidden Garden = P530/4 = P132.50
 Picture taking with the tiger and snake = p20 each
Crisologo Museum (donation : P10)
Tagburnayan Pottery Making (Tip = P100/4 = P25)
Mcdonalds for snacks : P55
Dinner at Cafe Uno = Me (P95), Molly (P90), Lei(P90), Gin (70)

Cost for the next destination:
(Partas Bus Liner) Vigan to Baguio bus fare = P324/pax

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