When we set foot in Vigan, it seems we were brought in a different time zone looking at those old buildings and structures that are reminiscent of Spanish era way back centuries ago when life back then was so laid back, adding to the scene are the old mode of transportation during those time which is called "Kalesa", a carriage with a horse. The whole scene has a relaxing effect because I haven't seen any traffic and rushing people from
different direction. It was still morning when we arrived there were already tourists like us roaming around the plaza, walking along the old cobbled stones of Calle Crisologo and how amazing it is that the street were walking on has been preserved. Along the stretch of Calle Crisologo have almost the same height structure, some new buildings have followed the same design with wide sliding windows made of wooden framed capiz shells.
One of the many assets of the people in Vigan is their craftsmanship in wood working, and some of the fine furniture sold in the market comes from Vigan and those that are made of Narra. I saw this antique shop and I admired these nice furniture pieces displayed outside the store.
Walking around made us hungry and we tried to search for an establishment where we can settle for a while and have our breakfast. There are familiar restaurant along Calle Crisologo, like Max's restaurant which themed also like Spanish house.
|Max's Restaurant, Vigan branch|
Across Max's is Tongson's Royal Bibingka store, bibingka is a round pudding rice cake, Vigan's bibingka is smaller than regular sized bibingka at around 3 inches diameter in size and also tastes different from regular bibingka you buy usually during Christmas holidays that has dessicated coconut, theirs is different because they don't put coconut on top, they use grated cheese instead. I swear it's so delicious!! the one box of one dozen inside did not last for two hours when we arrived home and gave it for "pasalubong".
|Tongson's Royal Bibingka Store|
We're supposed to dine at Cafe Leona which is also known here in Vigan plaza with reputable owner Leona Florentino, the first Filipina poet known to gain international accolades. We're just unfortunate that time because this store is not open until 9:00 a.m.
|Calle Crisologo at night|
After our satisfying breakfast we left Vigan plaza and headed to our next destination in Paoay, Ilocos Norte we came back in Vigan on our third day tour as our last itinerary to buy souvenirs and also we bought bagnet and longanisa so it won't spoil when we go back home.
The plaza is illuminated with red lights which makes the whole stretch of the street glimmer that has nice effect on the old houses and pavement.
Businesses are still open at night, and it's much better walking around
because the atmosphere is cold and some restaurants are alive at night they take out their tables and chairs for customers who wants to enjoy the nightlife.
The children however, enjoyed their 30 minutes Calesa ride around the plaza.
Right before we said goodbye to Vigan and bid farewell to our final destination we visited Vigan Cathedral and thanked God for this wonderful journey.