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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sparring with Bobby Pacquiao in Vigan, Ilocos Sur


Vigan was our last stop-over during our long Bonifacio weekend trip. A journey that started in Cubao to the two towns in Isabela namely Tumauini and San Pablo, a pit stop for the night at Tuguegarao then off to Sta Ana in Cagayan for an overnight camping at Palaui Island.

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We were able to board a bus going to Laoag from Cagayan at about 4pm Monday afternoon, haggard from the continuing trip, we were still delighted that we’re gonna end up toward Ilocos before going back to Manila. We passed by the suspended bridge that connects to Ilocos and Appari and passed by a few more towns in Cagayan before ending up in Ilocos at around 7pm.

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Too bad it was already night time as I wasn’t able to see the scenery while we passed by Pagudpud. And only if we had more time to spare we’d love to stop at Pagudpud itself. We arrived at Laoag at about 9pm – making it another 5 hour trip from Lal-lo, Cagayan to Laoag.


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We took another bus to Vigan at around 10:30 pm – arriving in Vigan at around midnight. Tired and wasted from the long bus ride, it didn’t showed on my friends Carrie and Sharlyn, It was really a stretch what I’ve asked them to bear during the long ass hauling trip but they’ve proven capable adventurers who in spite of their kikay personalities could morphed instantly into full pledged ‘koboys’ for the sake of their love of traveling.


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We were taken by a trike driver to a nearby inn in the middle of the night – a man in his late 50’s answered us from his deep slumber and graciously showed us to our rooms which costs us 800 bucks for the night. We forgot what the name of the place was – that’s why the next day when we went to Burgos plaza to have breakfast and stroll around Calle Crisologo and on our way back to our place we could not say the name of the place to the trike driver – so we just described it as “this cheap inn – that passes through a bridge with statues on the side” – fortunately the trike driver knows about it.

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Vigan is popular as the site of Calle Crisologo – a UNESCO declared ‘World Heritage Site’ ( one of the five in the Philippines )and encompasses rows of old colonial houses that dates back to the Spanish era. It was my 2nd time to visit this place – the first during our long road trip to Pagudpud way back in the summer of 2007. I would never get tired of coming back to Vigan – walking along the fine cobblestone road and accompanied by these fine classical architecture of the colonial times you can’t help but be taken back in time.

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It’s like being in a different world when you’re in Vigan’s heritage village. One should try the rows of Empanada eateries that also offers another Vigan known delicacy – the “Sinanglaw” - a mere walking distance from the St Paul’s Church or the Vigan Cathedral and Plaza Burgos.

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“Sinanglaw” is like a cross-between of bulalo and papaitan but it is composed of cow innards cooked in garlic, peppers, ginger and onions.

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I bought Vigan longanisa as present for my mom and delighted on a brunch of “Sinanglaw” and “Empanada” before we head out to the bus terminal at around 1:00pm for our final trip back home (weeps) – yeah I know, the tough part of going out on a trip was always the “going home part”.

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The Vigan Cathedral (built in 1641) always bristles with activity of faithful attending the mass or in that day’s case – a lovely wedding. Amidst the parked Calesa beside the church and the rows of souvenir shops, taking a walk at the two adjacent plaza’s – Plaza Burgos and Plaza Salcedo – one is equipped with things to do for a day or two in this historic place in Vigan.

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If you find yourself heading out North of Luzon, please do drop by Vigan and immerse yourself in some historic wanderings and pick up a thing or two bout from our rich heritage. So there, after a long journey that almost circled the North of Luzon we were on the bus heading back to Manila. It was tiresome - sort of went through a walloping sparring session with Bobby Pacquiao (Manny's more talented brother) but I could not ask for more as just having the opportunity to be on the road is too great to pass up.

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12 comments:

pandelicious said...

I recall Sharlyn teasing me about looking like a depraved hobo on the bus. So don't lie and tell them it doesn't show cause one ugly Carrie-zombie was there. And i was catatonic that day so don't digress!

Shar was gorgeous all through out :P Haha

Markyramone said...

I did said about you two looking 'haggard' already. Yes you look like you sparred 2 rounds and a half against Bobby Pacquiao but i'm talking about two of you still having cool temper and not complaining so kudos to the two of you...you both earned another trip with this nomadic prankster if you'll still say 'yes' to another invite haha

pandelicious said...

Ayy may ganon. I'm not currying favor from you so why bother. Haha, why not mention. YOUR temper while we're at it? :P Hehehe

Ed said...

Vigan! I long to visit this place!

Haha, I can relate with the haggard look. That's why as much as possible, I ask for some tissue wipes to get the dirt off my face.

Markyramone said...

Yo, Ed if you end up here in Luzon. Sama kami sayo...Okay mga travels mo sa South.

RON said...

The last time i was there, they were putting up a club along calle crisologo. how was it?

Markyramone said...

yeah I noticed a sign about a that within Crisologo near Cordillera Inn. Which I don't get why they allow such establishment to be set-up within the heritage site itself :(

fetus said...

ah... a must-go place for history lovers like me...

Markyramone said...

san ka based fetus? saw ur blog though "Lakbaydiva" cool :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

i might hit Ilocos nxt week! yahu! i like the 5th photo a lot, of course i like the rest of the pix, ganda ng kulay! :)

C.W. Bush said...

The food looks amazing!

I've been meaning to ask you - Do you know much about Palawan?

Markyramone said...

I've been to Busuanga, Palawan - in Coron and around the Calamianes group of Island.

I have a post bout it: http://nomadicexperiences.blogspot.com/2009/09/malcapuya-island-coron-palawan.html

and few previous posts from that. El Nido in Palawan is also a wonderful place, though I haven't been there.

The surrounding islands around Palawan I heard are a must see, Cuyo Islands, to Iloilo....then Mindoro...abundance of places to see.

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