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General Description

The City of Laoag, llocandia's "Sparkling Gem", offers a discovery of charming surprises, lush vegetation and scenic
beaches, highland lures and environs steeped in history. 488 kilometers away from Manila, Laoag is located at the west
central part of the province of llocos Norte bordering China Sea.

The name of the city is derived from the Ilocano term "Laoag", meaning light/ brightness. The name also speaks of what
it has become: a center of growth and development in the northern part of the country, a city for the convergence of
people, and as a gateway to the many interesting places in the province which, like Vigan, is rich in history.

Laoag is a bustling city with modern edifices housing private and government offices, educational institutions, shopping
and entertainment centers, and other conveniences but it has retained part of its old-world charm. The centuries-old
Cathedral of St. William The Hermit, with its massive belfry, still stands at its center as a concrete proof of the remarkable
religiosity of the llocanos while other ancient landmarks nearby remind one and all of the industriousness a hardy, self
sufficient (and with a reputation for thriftness) people.

Very much a part of its old-world charm is the city's local gastronomic delights: finger-sized but big in flavor Laoag
longganisa (home-cooked style sausages), bagnet (deep-fried pork belly rinds), sukang iloco (sugar cane vinegar), basi
(sugar cane brew aged in earthen jars), dinardaraan or dinuguan (pork meat and blood cooked with spices and vinegar),
and the pinakbet (a mix of garden vegetables stewed with fish sauce or shrimp paste generically called bagoong). This
mouth-watering native fares are for the asking in downtown restaurants and, for a touch of local color, in food stalls
(carinderias) in the city market.

As a gateway to the many interesting places in the Ilocos Provinces, Laoag City has a major plus factor: its excellent road
network within the city limits or out into the destinations, including Ilocos Norte's popular beaches such as the Currimao,
La Paz, Seksi Beach, Pagudpud, the Saud Beach, and the Fort Ilocandia Beach with the added attraction of the geologic
phenomenon – the sand dunes, and the magnificent views all throughout its jagged coastlines.



How to get there

By Air
There are scheduled international flights to Laoag International Airport from Guangzhou (China) and Kaoshiung (Taiwan)
via China Southern Airlines and Far Eastern Air Transport.

From Manila, visitors can take a 45-minute flight via Philippine Airlines, Asian Spirit, and Cebu Pacific Airlines from the
Manila Domestic Airport to Laoag International Airport, located at Barangay Gabu, about six kilometers southwest of the
City Proper.

Domestic chartered flights are also available from Basco, Batanes to Laoag City.

INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES

For the latest flight schedules, visit the website or contact the telephone numbers of the airlines listed below.

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES
c/o LGS General Services, Laoag International Airport, Gabu, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 772-1888 / 773-2401
Fax No.         (63-77) 773-2588
Route from/to Laoag: Guangzhou


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FAR EASTERN AIR TRANSPORT
c/o LGS General Services, Laoag International Airport, Gabu, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 772-1888/773-2401
Fax No.         (63-77) 773-2588
Route from/to Laoag: Kaoshioung

DOMESTIC AIRLINES

For the latest flight schedules, visit the website or contact the telephone numbers of the airlines listed below.

CEBU PACIFIC
Website:        www.cebupacificair.com
Routes from/to Laoag: Manila

Reservations:

    LIAGENS
    Laoag International Airport Gabu, Laoag City
    Tel. No.    (63-77) 607-0371

    ABOEX TRAVEL AND TOURS
    2nd Floor New Era Bldg., JP Rizal Street, Laoag City
    Tel. No. (63-77) 770-4301

    TRAVEL ILOCANDIA TOURS AND TRAVEL
    Ground Floor Cristina Bldg., Gen. Luna Street, Laoag City
    Tel. Nos. (63-77) 770-5050 / 770-4049/771-1295

    GORDION TRAVEL AND TOURS
    Ground Floor Alejandro Bldg. Tupaz Street, Laoag City
    Tel. No.   (63-77) 771-4801

CHEMTRAD AVIATION CORPORATION
Laoag International Airport Gabu, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-917) 857-7137 / 542-3924
Route from/to Laoag: Basco

PACIFIC AIR
Laoag International Airport Gabu, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 772-0663
Route from/to Laoag: Basco

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
PAL Laoag Branch, Laoag International Airport Gabu, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 607-0316
Fax No.         (63-77) 607-0314
Website:        www.philippineairlines.com
Route from/to Laoag: Manila


By Land
Visitors can also take the eight-hour ride on board airconditioned buses operated by seven (7) Laoag-based bus
companies.

The most common mode of transportation within the city are buses, mini-buses, jeepneys and tricycles. These public
utility vehicles operate within the city proper to rural barangays; from Laoag City to other municipalities of Ilocos Norte
and to nearby provinces like Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Tricycles also abound for citywide commuters.
Despite rapid modernization, the calesa (horse drawn carriage) has managed to survive and still continues to ply the
streets of Laoag City.

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AUTO BUS
Tel. No.        (63-77) 770-3756
Route from/to Laoag: Manila

DOMINION BUS LINES
Rizal Avenue, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 772-1292
Route from/to Laoag: Manila

FARINAS TRANS
Castro Avenue corner M. Farinas Street Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 772-0126
Route from/to Laoag: Manila (via Cubao)

FRANCO TRANSIT
Marcos Hiway, Batac, Ilocos Norte
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 772-0643/792-3221
Route from/to Laoag: Manila

MARIA DE LEON
Brgy. 8, Topaz Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 772-0615
Route from/to Laoag: Manila

PARTAS
Lagasca corner Paco Roman, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 771-1514
Route from/to Laoag: Cubao, Quezon City

RCJ
Fernando Avenue, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 770-3756
Route from/to Laoag: Manila (via Cubao)

SAMBRANO BUS LINES Laoag City
Route from/to Laoag: Baguio




Tourist Attractions

BANGUI WINDMILL
Bangui, Ilocos Norte

It is a 24.75 MW power generation plant consisting of 15 units Vestas NM82 wind turbines rated at 1.65 MW each. The
turbines are on shore and arranged in a single row spaced approximately 326 meters apart. All 15 wind turbines are
connected to the Luzon grid and are the sources of power of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative via Transco Laoag.


CAPE BOJEADOR LIGHTHOUSE
Burgos, !locos Norte

Built in 1892, the lighthouse is a concrete structure about 120 feet in height and situated on top of a mountain. It sends
signals to ships passing by the cape facing the northern portion of the South China Sea. The lighthouse was built without
the aid of steel during the Spanish regime.




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DAP-AYAN TI ILOCOS
1900 St., Bgy. 25, Laoag City

Dap-ayan is an llocano word signifying a gathering place, much like a permanent community center. Dap-ayan Ti llocos
showcases the varied cuisine, arts and crafts of the province. Here you can buy popular native delicacies while shopping
for local crafts. Dap-ayan Ti Ilocos operates under Gameng, a non-stock, non-profit organization which currently
manages the llocos Norte museum.


GENERAL RICARTE NATIONAL SHRINE
Batac, Ilocos Norte

Located at the heart of Ilocos Norte, the shrine was built to honor Gen. Artemio "Viborg" Ricarte who showed his
patriotism and heroism during the Filipino-American war and during the Japanese occupation. The shrine features a
life-size bronze statue of Gen. Ricarte, a viewing deck, bas-relief wall that depicts historical events, museum and
fountain.


LAOAG BRIDGE
Laoag City

Formerly Gilbert Bridge (constructed in 1884 and named after then Governor Newton Gilbert), its present structural
design was intended to suit the demands of the times. It traverses the pristine Padsan River and serves as the "gateway"
to the City of Laoag.


LAOAG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Gabu, Laoag City

What used to be the Gabu Airfield is now considered the "new northern gateway" to the Philippines. This facility was
converted into an international airport because it is strategically located and caters to flights coming in from Taiwan,
Kaoshiung, and Mainland China.


LA PAZ SAND DUNES
Brgy. La Paz, Laoag City

Barangay La Paz (known as Pandayucan in ancient times) boasts of one of the unique spots in the city — the sand dunes.
Locally named as Bantay Bimmaboy, the sand dunes, shaped like a pig, attract not only locals but foreigners as well.
Declared as a geological monument, the vast sand dune formation offers a fine vista of the South China Sea.


MARCOS HALL OF JUSTICE
Laoag City

This structure, designed after modern lines of architecture, houses all the judicial offices in Ilocos Norte.


PATAPAT CLIFF
Brgy. Patapat, Pagudpud, !locos Norte

At the foot of the cliff of the North Cordillera Mountain Range is the 12-km winding bridge known as the Patapat Bridge,
popularly known as the French Riviera of the North. At the upper part of the cliff, one can still see the etched footbridge
that was the only link between Ilocos and Cagayan Valley in the 1960's.

While in the middle of the Patapat Bridge, one can see the panoramic view of the verdant mountains and the sea below.
A glimpse of the old footbridge adds grandeur to the breathtaking view.



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ST. WILLIAM'S CATHEDRAL
Laoag City

The Augustinians built the church of Italian Renaissance design in 1612. Its unique 2-storey facade is held by four pairs
of coupled columns. The deeply recessed niche shows the image of St. William the Hermit, the patron saint of Laoag City.
It was said to be the first religious edifice and one of the biggest churches that the Spaniards built in Ilocos Norte.


STA. MONICA CHURCH
Sarrat, Ilocos Norte

Built facing the river in Sarrat, approximately 7 kilometers east of Laoag, this century-old church is of neo-classical and
baroque architecture. Beside it is a ruin of an old building and a museum.


SINKING BELLTOWER
Laoag City

The Bantay Bell Tower, located right across St. William's Cathedral, is reputed to be the tallest, most solid and most
massive church bell tower in the archipelago. Now referred to as the Sinking Bell Tower, this 45-meter-high bell tower is
known to sink at the rate of one inch every year. Old folks say that men on horseback used to ride into the main entrance.
Today, visitors have to stoop to enter the tower.

In the olden days, Spanish friars built bell towers at a distance from the church for fear that these would crash into the
church during violent earthquakes. The Bantay Bell Tower was no exception.


TOBACCO MONOPOLY MONUMENT
Laoag City

The Tobacco Monopoly Monument was erected in 1882 to commemorate the gratitude of the people of the Province of
Ilocos Norte to His Majesty, King Alfonso III, Q.D.G. for lifting the tobacco monopoly law. The monument is considered
the only one of its kind in the country.




Accommodation Facilities
(DOT-accredited)

Hotels, resorts and inns in Laoag possess a certain charm and character that reflects its great historical past. Accredited
lodgings continue to increase in capacity as more Chinese from the mainland, Taiwanese and locals visit to relax and
have fun.

HOTELS
First Class

JAVA HOTEL
Farinas Caltex Station, Bacarra Road, Brgy. 55-6 Salet, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 770-5996 to 97
Email           java_hotel@yahoo.com
Total No. of Rooms: 24
Room Features: Aircondition, lanai, cable TV, IDD/NDD telephone, mini bar with refrigerator, hot and cold shower with
bath tub




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Standard

LAOAG RENZO HOTEL
Rizal Street cor Guerrero Street, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.        (63-77) 770-4898/5288
Fax No.          (63-77) 607-0861
Email            laoagrenzohotel@yahoo.com
Website          http://Iaoagrenzohotel.tripod.com
Total No. of Rooms: 20

PALAllO DE LAOAG
Brgy. #27 Paterno Street, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 773-1842/48/56 to 57
Fax No.         (63-77) 771-5717
Website         www.palazzodelaoaghotel.com
Total No. of Rooms: 26


RESORTS
Class "AAA"

FORT ILOCANDIA RESORT AND CASINO
Brgy. 38, Calayab, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 772-1166 to 70
Fax No.         (63-77) 772-1411
Email           sales@fortilocandia.com.ph
Website         www.fortilocandia.com.ph
Total No. of Rooms: 290
Room Features: IDD/NDD telephone, hot and cold shower with bath tub, balcony, safety vault, aircondition, cable TV,
coffee and tea sachets with hot/cold pots

Class "AA"

SAUD BEACH RESORT AND HOTEL
Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud
Mobile Nos.     (63-920) 907-4035
                (63-917) 707-7283
Email           inquiries@saudbeachresort.com
Website         www.saudbeachresort.com
Total No. of Rooms: 34
Room Features: Aircondition, refrigerator, cable TV, hot and cold shower, bath tub (suite)


TOURIST INN/MOTEL/PENSION
AURELIO'S MANSION
Brgy. 23 Vintar Road, Laoag City

HOTEL TIFFANY
Gen. Segundino Avenue corner MH del Filar Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.      (63-77) 770-3551

LAOAG PARKLANE HOTEL
Geri. Segundo Avenue, Brgy. 55-A, Barit, Laoag City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 770-5275




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Dining Facilities
(DOT-accredited)

Food and entertainment establishments are primarily homegrown and usually concentrated around the city. The best
way to taste local food specialties like Vigan longganisa (local sausage), baguet (deep fried pork), empanada (small pie
with fillings), igado (diced pork with sauce), pinakbet (mixed vegetables), sukang Yoko (vinegar) is at the town plazas,
public markets and lodging places. Hotels and resorts serve both international and local dishes.

Filipino Cuisine

TRACY-MACY'S DINER
Geri. Segundino Avenue corner MH del Filar Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 770-3551

OTHER DINING FACILITIES

Filipino Cuisine

DOHAN FOODHOUSE
J. P. Rizal Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.         (63-77) 773-2860

FIESTA ILOCANDIA RESTAURANT
Isabel Bldg., Nolasco Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.         (63-77) 770-3551

GOLDEN COW RESTAURANT
Guerrero Street, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 773-1081 to 82

HOT STUFF FOOD HOUSE
Gen. Segundo Avenue, Laoag City
Tel. No.      (63-77) 772-0972

KOOKEE HOUSE
Gen. Segundo Avenue, Laoag City
Tel. No.      (63-77) 772-0871

LA PRECIOSA
J. P. Rizal Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.         (63-77) 773-1162

MOM'S COUNTRY KITCHEN
Brgy. 7-A Rizal Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 607-0390



Shopping

Traditional crafts like burnay (pottery) and inabel (heirloom weaving), local wines and sukang lloko (local vinegar) top the
visitors' shopping list. Buyers can haggle for a lower price in the public markets and other smaller shops.

CITY MARKET
Rizal Street, Laoag City

FIVE SISTERS SUPERSTORE
Rizal Street, Laoag City
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KAREN'S DEPARTMENT STORE
Bonifacio Street, Laoag City

LESLIE ANN ROSE
Rizal Street, Laoag City

MARANAO
Rizal Street, Laoag City

NEW INDIA DEPARTMENT STORE
Bonifacio Street, Laoag City

SHOPPING ARCADE
Rizal Street, Laoag City

THE CLOTHES SHOP
Paco Roman Street, Laoag City




Special Interest

GOLF
Tee-off at the sprawling 18-hole golf course of the only five star resort in Northern Luzon. Designed by PGA Champion
Gary Player, it has thousands of trees built along Lake Paoay.

Fort Ilocandia Resort Lake Golf and Country Club Brgy.
Suba, Paoay, Ilocos Norte
Tel. No.        (63-77) 772-1160
Fax No.         (63-77) 772-1411
An 18-hole, par 72 world-class golf course designed by the legendary Gary Player




Museums and Art Galleries

MALACANANG OF THE NORTH
Paoay, !locos Norte

Operating Hours: 9:00AM – 11:30AM /
                 1:00PM to 4:00PM
                 Tuesdays to Sundays
Entrance Fees: P20.00 for adults
                 P10.00 for kids

Built as the official residence of then President Ferdinand Marcos in Ilocos Norte, this imposing structure overlooking the
legendary Paoay Lake is now a museum. Visitors can view Imelda Marcos' Blue Room, the massive Master's Bedroom,
and the balcony which offers a breathtaking view of the fabled lake. They can also have a sense of what it must have
been like when it was still the center of Philippine high society.




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MUSEO ILOCOS NORTE OF GAMENG MUSEUM
Laoag City

Operating Hours: 9:00AM – 12:00NN /
                     1:00PM to 5:00PM
                     Mondays to Saturdays
Entrance Fee:        P20.00 for adults and kids
The Museo Ilocos Norte is a showcase of Ilokano culture featuring the heritage of a "sturdy, hard-working people known
for their industry, resourcefulness and loyalty."

Nicknamed "Gameng," the Museum is a block away from the town plaza and is housed in a restored tabacalera (a
tobacco factory in the Spanish era). The museum houses artifacts that were collected from all over the province. Visitors
to the museum get a glimpse of Ilocanos and how they make a living out of the land and the sea.




Convention and Exhibition Facilities

FORT ILOCANDIA RESORT AND CASINO
Brgy. 38, Calayab, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 772-1166 to 70
Fax No.         (63-77) 772-1411
Email           sales@fortilocandia.com.ph
Website         www.fortilocandia.com.ph
Total No. of Function Rooms: 6
Capacity: Minimum – 35          Maximum – 1,000

NORTHVIEW HOTEL
46 Nalbo, Airport Road, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 773-1689
Fax No.         (63-77) 773-2440
Total No. of Function Rooms: 2
Capacity: Minimum – 50         Maximum – 350

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Brgy. 46 Nalbo, Airport Road, Laoag City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 772-0322 local 124
Total No. of Function Rooms: 1
Capacity: Minimum – 100         Maximum – 500

PALAllO DE LAOAG
Brgy. #27 Paterno Street, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 773-1842/48/56 to 57
Fax No.         (63-77) 771-5717
Website         www.palazzodelaoaghotel.com
Total No. of Function Rooms: 4
Capacity: Minimum – 40         Maximum – 300



Travel Agencies
(DOT-accredited)

ABOEX TRAVEL AND TOURS
2nd Floor New Era Bldg., Rizal Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 770-4301


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GORDION TRAVEL AND TOURS
Alejandro Bldg., Tupaz Avenue, Laoag City
Tel. Nos.        (63-77) 771-4801

TRAVEL ILOCANDIA TOURS AND TRAVEL
80 Gen. Luna Street, Laoag City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 770-5050




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VIGAN

General Description

Vigan, the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur, is a town so seemingly impervious to time it has remained unchanged
since the 16th century. In fact, it is the only town in the Philippines with so many preserved historic sites — more than 180
edifices have been catalogued that the UNESCO added Vigan in its World Heritage List on December 2, 1999.

The history of Vigan dates back to the 15th century when it was an important trading port as ships from China, Japan,
Korea and other Asian countries stopped by and traded with the people of the cluster of villages known as Samtoy - a
contraction of sao mi daytoy, meaning "this is our dialect". It was this town, named after biga, the wild erect plant with
very large ornate leaves growing abundantly in the banks of the rivers Govantes and Mestizo, that Juan de Salcedo,
grandson of the conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, found in 1572 while he was looking for possible ports for
galleons.

Salcedo laid down the blueprint for the city with the vision to create a town similar to his Spanish hometown of Castille.
He wanted it to be a piece of Spain in the Orient. He also made a will naming the Ilocanos as his heirs to his encomienda.

When Salcedo died less than two years after he settled in Vigan, the Augustinian friars presided over the shaping of the
citadel city as he envisioned: they constructed a grand cathedral (St. Paul), influenced the building of massive mansions
with red-tile roofs and spacious balconies of ornately carved wood, and the laying out of cobblestone streets. This
concept of town planning and building continued in Vigan (and the rest of the Ilocos region) more so when the seat of
archdiocese of Nueva Segovia was transferred there in 1758.

Under the Spanish friars, Vigan became the "piece of Spain" Salcedo envisioned it to be. Spared from rebellion and from
the ravages of wars, Vigan has hardly changed since the 16th century. To this day, its culture and townscape have no
parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia.

To UNESCO, Vigan represents "a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial
architecture and planning" and "an exceptionally intact and well-preserved example of a European trading town in East
and East Asia".

To the visitor, a trip to Vigan is a journey into the past.



How to Get There

By Air
Laoag International Airlines has scheduled flights (once a week) to Laoag. Travel time is 1 1/2 hours flight from Manila to
Laoag and 1 1/2 hours by land from Laoag to Vigan (80 kilometers).

Charter and private planes use Mindoro Airport, a secondary airport located at Barangay Mindoro in the city. It has one
asphalted runway, 900 meters long and 30 meters wide.


By Land
Vigan is 408 kilometers from Manila, 80 kilometers from Laoag City and 139 kilometers from San Fernando, La Union.

By car from Manila, pass through the North Luzon Expressway, exit at Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga; pass by the towns of
Capas, Tarlac, Paniqui in Tarlac; the towns of Carmen,Urdaneta, Villasis, Binalonan, and Pozorrubio in Pangasinan; the
towns of Sison, Rosario, Agoo, Bauang and San Fernando City in La Union.


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Vigan City has a sufficient transport system. There are different bus companies operating within the vicinity such as:
Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Dominion Bus Corp. and Partas Trans. Co. They operate direct bus services from Vigan City
to Manila, Baguio, Laoag and other parts of Luzon.

Mode of transport within the city is purely land base. Vehicles for public use include jeepneys, tricycles and calesas.
Buses, mini-buses and jeepneys provide transportation to places outside Metro Vigan. The Metro Vigan transport system
is serviced by tricycles, which are color-coded for purposes of identifying the municipality to which they belong. A horse
drawn vehicle, locally called "calesa", is also servicing the locality. It is an ideal transportation for sightseers, particularly
tourists.



Tourist Attractions

ABEL WEAVERS
Barangay Camangaan, Vigan City

Abel-weaving is one of the few surviving traditional crafts in Vigan. Best known for this are the Abel weavers of Barangay
Camangaan who offer a variety of intricately designed colorful abet cloths for sale. Historically, the high demand for the
famous handwoven Abel Iloco nearly killed the Spanish weaving industry during the galleon trade era.


ARZOBISPADO OR ARCHBISHOP'S PALACE / MUSEO NUEVA SEGOVIA
Vigan City

Completed in 1783, the Arzobispado or Archbishop's Palace is the only surviving 18th century arzobispado in the country.
It served as the headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in 1889 and later became the official residence of the Archbishop
of Nueva Segovia. The Arzobispado features sliding capiz windows and cut-out decorations with floral motifs. Its Museo
Nueva Segovia houses a collection of priceless ecclesiastical artifacts and statuaries, archdiocesan archives, prints of
old pictures of baroque churches, portraits of bishops, throne room and other episcopal paraphernalia. Visits can be
arranged from Monday to Friday.


CALLE CRISOLOGO
Vigan City

The street brings back the mood of the historic Spanish times and, at the same time, makes locals and tourists alike, feel
relaxed at the atmosphere among the old ancestral houses. It is located at the heart of Vigan and is also an excellent spot
to shop for souvenir items.


CATHEDRAL OF ST. PAUL
Vigan City

A massive structure in the distinctive Ilocano baroque architecture, the Cathedral of St. Paul was built by the Augustinian
priests in 1574 but was completed only in 1783. The cathedral is the setting of many religious festivities attended by
devotees from outside the province.


DAMILI VILLAGE AND BARANGAY BULALA
Vigan City

The damili is one form of terra-cotta craft considered to be indigenous to a number of communities in Vigan City. The
damili craftsmen of Barangay Bulala produce cooking pots (banga), water vessels (karamba), firewood and charcoal-fed
cooking stoves (dalikan, pagugingan), water and animal-feeding basins (bakka, paso), plant pots (masetera), pipes used
as well sidings (lusob) and the most in-demand among the various damili clay products, the Vigan Tiles.



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GOV. CHAVIT SINGSON'S BALUARTE
Vigan City

The Baluarte is the residence of Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singson. It features an interactive mini zoo, world
class shooting range, caregiver school and a function hall.
Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-7186


KANKANEN MAKERS OF BRGY. SAN JOSE
Brgy. San Jose, Vigan City

Vigan City has a wide variety of rice delicacies to offer, such as the royal bibingka, sinuman, tinubong, patupat, dila-dila,
kaskaron, binagkal, puto, miki, latik, kalamay, biko-diko, fresh and fried lumpia and others. These mouth-watering
kankanen (native-rice delicacies) are mostly made in Barangay San Jose, a flourishing agricultural community near the
Heritage Village. Barangay San Jose envisions its community to be a sustaining kankanen producer in the city and most
women of the barangay are engaged in the making of these rice delicacies.


PAGBURNAYAN
Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City

Pagburnayan literally means "the place where burnay is made". The burnay is an earthenware jar crafted by a potter's
hands with the aid of a potter's wheel. It uses fine sand (anay) as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in
a huge brick-and-clay ground kiln that makes it harder and more durable than other terra cotta. Burnay technology was
brought to Vigan by Chinese artisans, who, according to Vigan folk historian Damaso King, came from Kwi-Sao,
Chun-chin province in Mainland China.


SIMBAAN A BASSIT OR CAMPOSANTO
Quezon Avenue, Vigan City

The Simbaan a Bassit is actually a cemetery chapel that was built in 1852 to honor the Santo Cristo, or "Apo Lakay"
among Ilocanos, for saving Vigan from a plague that ravaged it. UNESCO considers this small structure as a jewel
because of its baroque style facade crowned with an espadana which are openings at the top of the facade from which
bells are hung.


SINAIT CHURCH
Vigan City

Enshrined in this century-old church is the 17th century image of the Black Nazarene found floating in a sealed casket
along the coast of Sinait. Believed to have caused a miracle by aborting a plague that hit Vigan during the 18th century,
many flock to the shrine to celebrate the feast of the Black Nazarene every 3rd day of May.


SYQUIA MANSION
Vigan City

It houses the memorabilia of the late former President Elpidio Quirino, a native of Vigan.


VIGAN ANCESTRAL HOUSES/VIGAN HERITAGE VILLAGE
Vigan City

Like the shop-houses in Asian trading cities like Melaka, Penang and Kuching (Malaysia), Macau, Singapore and Hoi An
(Viet Nam), the Vigan house was built on a larger scale than its Asian counterparts. The lay out and partitioning of the
Vigan house were designed for specific purposes.



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Accommodation Facilities
(DOT-accredited)

Vigan has more than a dozen hotels and lodging houses with a total of 200 rooms. Mostly converted from ancestral
homes, these accommodations reflect the city's colonial past and rich heritage. Visitors go back in time and are given a
sense of how life must have been back then.

HOTELS
Standard

CORDILLERA INN
1 Mena Crisologo Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 722-2727
Total Number of Rooms: 25


TOURIST INN/MOTEL/PENSION
FERNANDINA HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
26 Mabini St. Vigan City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-2964

RF ANICETO MANSION
Poblacion, Vigan
Tel. No.       (63-77) 722-2383
Fax. No.       (63-77) 722-2384

VILLA ANGELA HERITAGE HOUSE
26 Quirino Blvd., Vigan City
Tel. Nos.       (63-77) 722-755/2914
E-mail:         www.villangela.com



Dining Facilities
(DOT-accredited)

Try out native llocano dishes at Plaza Burgos or at Vigan's hotels and restaurants. Favorites include the sinanglaw (a
dish of pork entrails sauteed with ginger, vinegar, fish sauce, onion and pepper), Vigan longganiza (local sausage),
baguet (deep fried pork), and empanada (a type of tortilla that you can pick up for a few pesos from one of the many
street stalls and small bakeries where they are freshly baked).

Filipino Cuisine

MAX'S RESTAURANT
Mena Crisologo Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 722-5000

Other Dining Facilities

Filipino/Japanese/Thai Cuisine

CAFE LEONA RESTAURANT AND BAR
Calve Crisologo, Vigan City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-2212
Fax No.         (63-77) 722-3089

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Filipino Cuisine

CAFE UNO AND UNO GRILLE
No. 1 Bonifacio Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-2118

COOL SPOT 500
Burgos Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-2588

DIAY PLAZA FOOD MART
Plaza Burgos, Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 722-2251

GAIZEL'S RESTAURANT
Gen. Luna Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 722-1041

KUSINA FELICITAS
1 Bonifacio Street cor Quirino Boulevard, Vigan City
Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-2118
Fax No.         (63-77) 722-1446

SANITARY RESTAURANT
General Luna Street, Vigan City

TESSIE'S RESTAURANT
General Luna Street, Vigan City

Spanish/Continental Cuisine

FLORES DE MAYO RESTAURANT & BAR
VCTC, Florentine St., Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 722-5751




Shopping

Take your time shopping along Crisologo and Plaridel streets where most of the antique and souvenir shops are located.
Avail of good quality modern reproductions, religious items, wooden furniture pieces, hand-loom woven cotton (abel),
blankets, place mats and napkins, bamboo crafts such as baskets and trays, Vigan jars and native foodstuff.

ANTIQUE SHOPS
Crisologo Street, Vigan City

LUISA TRADING
Quezon Avenue, Vigan City

PAGBURNAYAN
Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City

REQUERDOS DE VIGAN
Vigan City

ROWILDA'S HAND LOOM WEAVING
Camanggaan & Crisologo St., Vigan City
Tel. Nos.    (63-77) 722-2688/2731
Fax No.      (63-77) 722-2755

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PLAZA MAESTRO MALL
Burgos Street corner Jacinto and Florentine Streets, Vigan City



Museums and Art Galleries

CRISOLOGO MUSEUM
Delos Reyes Street, Vigan City

Operating Hours: 8:30AM to 11:30AM
                 1:30PM to 4:30PM
Daily Entrance Fee: Donation Only

Located along delos Reyes Street, the museum houses the memorabilia of the Crisologos and original furnishings of a
typical Vigan ancestral house.


FATHER BURGOS MUSEUM
Vigan City

Operating Hours: 8:30AM to 11:30AM
                 1:30PM to 4:30PM
                 Mondays to Fridays
                 (by appointment on weekends and holidays)
Entrance Fee:    P10.00 for adults
                 P5.00 for children 12 years old and below

The Burgos residence in Vigan houses the memorabilia of the martyr-priest Jose Burgos, youngest among the three
martyr priests executed during the Spanish regime. Also on exhibit are Ilocano artifacts and the ethnic arts of the
Tinggians.


MUSEO SAN PABLO
Vigan City

Museum Days:       Fridays – Wednesdays
Entrance Fee:      P10.00 for adult
                   P5.00 for children 12 years old and below

The museum was named in honor of St. Paul and is situated within the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is the first and only
museum in the region committed to conservation through a distinct faith-culture approach.



Convention and Exhibition Facilities

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN PHILIPPINES
Tamag, Vigan City

Tel. No.        (63-77) 722-2810
Total No. of Function Rooms: 4
Capacity: Minimum – 50         Maximum – 3,000




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Travel Agencies
(DOT-accredited)

ABOEX TRAVEL AND TOUR
Rm. 33 Colegio Business Center, Nueva Segovia Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 632-0396

GORDION TRAVEL AND TOURS
13 Gov. A. Reyes Street, Vigan City
Tel. No.       (63-77) 632-0504




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