Ilocos Sur

Bantay Church, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

Built in 1591, Bantay Church (Saint Augustine Parish Church) is considered the oldest church in the Ilocos Region. Bantay means “to guard” and refers to Bantay Belfry, which was used...

Bantay Belfry, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

Built in 1591 next to Bantay Church (Saint Augustine Parish Church), Bantay Belfry was used as a watchtower for pirates during the Spanish colonization. In Tagalog and Cebuano, bantay means...

Baluarte, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

Baluarte is the personal zoo of former Governor of Ilocos Sur, Chavit Singson. About 3-4 km from Vigan City Center, the zoo is open to the public; admission is free....

Hidden Garden, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

Hidden Garden is a restaurant that serves Filipino dishes. It has a well-maintained garden. Hidden Garden probably has the cleanest restroom in Vigan. I couldn’t help noticing the aquarium. After...

Vigan Pottery, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

The Ilocanos call it “burnay,” but I’m not really sure what it means. It could mean “pottery.” But at this place I made my own pottery. There was no entrance...

Crisologo Museum, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

Crisologo Museum is maintained by no less than the Crisologo family. The family is well known in Ilocandia. In particular, everybody knows the story about Congressman Floro Crisologo who was...

Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

It was too early to check in. Having left my luggage with the front desk of Cordillera Inn, I went outside to see what this town looked like. The sun...

Cordillera Inn, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, PHILIPPINES

I took the Partas bus from Cubao before midnight and when I woke up, it was past 5 a.m. and still dark, but we had arrived in Vigan. The trip...

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