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Vigan is the capital of Ilocos Sur. It was established in the 16th century. It is the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines and from China with those of Europe to create a unique culture and townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.
It was the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, comprising the whole Northern Luzon, in 1758. It was also once called Ciudad Fernandina in honor of King Ferdinand.
It was chartered into a city in 2001. Today, it serves as a mirror of the colorful history of our country. Vigan is one of the five UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in the Philippines.
How to Get There
Vigan is 405 kilometers from Manila. Travel time is approximately eight hours. Partas, Viron and Dominion Bus Lines ply the Manila-Vigan route. Terminals are located in Cubao, Quezon City and Manila.
Vigan City Fiesta – Celebrated every January 25 featuring a carnival, parades and Longganisa Streetdancing. This is held in commemoration of the conversion of St. Paul, the apostle, the city’s patron saint.
Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts – Held every first week of May, this features the Calesa Parade, Binatbatan Streetdancing, Ramada games, religius rituals, Santacruzan and other special events.
World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day – Every September 8, Vigan joins other World Heritage Sites to promote the conservation of natural and man-made heritage for the benefit of mankind.