Calle Crisologo (Vigan)

Satellite view image of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, with Calle Crisologo highlighted.

Our next stop is in the historic city of Vigan, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (earlier we featured another Heritage Site). The city is always cited as “the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia,” and is best-known for Calle Crisologo, a half-kilometer stretch of cobblestoned street lined with fine examples of 18th century Filipino-Spanish architecture. You can see the street highlighted in yellow in this article’s thumbnail.

Calle Crisologo is virtual tourist playground. Among the buildings along the street are hotels, pension houses, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Many of the houses have those typical wooden benches in front where anyone can sit. And in the evening, dining establishments set up tables on the street so people can eat their dinner al fresco. Kalesas, or horse-drawn carriages, are the only vehicles allowed on the street.

If it weren’t for the tourists taking pictures left and right, you’d think that you were transported back more than a hundred years to the Spanish colonial era. Well, it’s also a known fact that people from the movie and television industry regularly go to Vigan when they wish to film scenes depicting the Spanish times, like in the Cesar Montano–starrer, José Rizal.

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June 29, 2006
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  1. Sasha Manuel wrote on June 1, 2007 @ 02:49PM

    If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I would’ve continued on thinking that everything’s superficial and fake (I know some are relatively new). It was truly wonderful. I’m glad we have something to remind us of our rich Spanish history even in old buildings and cobble-stone (sort of) streets.

  2. Eugene wrote on June 2, 2007 @ 08:42PM

    Hi, Sasha! Since Vigan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I’m sure they’ll take pains to preserve the streets and the architecture. And they should, because it brings in the tourism moolah.

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