Just thought I would post some pics from a trip to the historic old town of Vigan that myself and my girlfriend did a couple of years ago. If you,re a lover of old buildings and their furnishings then Vigan needs to be on your to do list. Vigan is a heritage listed town with an long history being part of the Manila/aculpolco galleon trade, Founded around 1572 and was one of the first towns in the new Spanish colony to have its own Cathedral, St pauls built in 1574 and the town was almost destroyed in WW2, but if you believe the legends it was saved by the two Japanese officers who had fallen in love with two local girls and decided to disobey orders and prevent Vigans destruction.
Most antique furniture in this country usually gets tagged with the “vigan furniture” label even if it,s not. The best of it is in the Syquia mansion, former residence of President Quirino and the Padre Burgos museum where these photo,s were taken. Mostly made from Narra from the nearby Cordillera mountains, the traditional furniture industry here is still active.
Antique stores are located here on Crisologo street for those with deeper pockets than me.
You can get there by flying to Loag north of vigan and take a bus south for an hour and a half or bus it directly from manila if you don,t mind 14hours on your butt. Accomodation is not bad at Grandpas inn or the R.F Aniceto mansion which has a fine collection of antique furnishings on display, sadly not in the rooms. Food in the area is excelent, try the local Longanisa ( sausage) but check if they give you the local menu or the foreigner one, I didn,t sit 14 hours on a bus to be offered spagetti and hamburgers! And also try the Basi and Duhat wines made from local fruits, very tasty.
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