Province of Ilocos Sur Things to Do

  • Bantay Bell Tower
    Bantay Bell Tower
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  • Vigan Heritage - Calle Crisologo at night
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  • Bantay Bell Tower
    Bantay Bell Tower
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Province of Ilocos Sur Things to Do

  • Have a taste of their Empanada

    Empanada is one of Ilocos’ specialties. It is a type of savoury pastry filled with ground beef/pork, shredded cabbage and egg deep fried into golden perfection. There is also a special empanada with Ilocos' local garlicky sausage. You can grab this delicacy everywhere in Vigan. Pair it with the local vinegar and bagnet for a heartymeal. Personally,...

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  • When you found it, it's not Hidden...

    Hidden Garden in Vigan is a local hulticulturist's haven turned into a park for tourist attraction. They houses several bonsai trees and other flowering plants. They also have a rustic restaurant and souvenier shop. Try their Halo-Halo after walking around.

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  • Check out the Crisologo Museum

    The Crisologo's are also one the famous political clans in Ilocos, their most famous family member, Bingbong, has a notorious back story and is now a politician in Abra. This museum is the Crisologo's ancestral house which houses their memorabilia and family history.

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  • Look for the golden house at Baluarte

    Baluarte is the expansive land of Ilocos Sur's reigning political clan The Singsons. The patriarch and the region's ex-governor open this place to serve as a tourist spot and to house his exotic animals.Chavit, as he was famously known owns tigers, ostriches, deers, peacocks, miniture horses and a lot more. Aside from the animals, you will also see...

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  • Vigan, what else?

    Like what I've said earlier, I've been visiting this place since I was a kid. You'll love the century old houses and the cobble stone road here. Ride the calesa if it's you're first time and experience how the spaniards stroll around this place. When I was a kid, Vigan is much simpler and there were no stores at the old houses, even restaurants...

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  • CRISOLOGO MUSEUM

    The museum is open from 8:30 to 11:30 am and 1:30 to 4:30. They don't charge an entrance fee accepts donations for the upkeep of the place, which can be costly.The museum itself is the home of former Congressman Floro Crisologo. It showcases the collection of the former Congressman's family and memorabilia of his time. His wife, Carmeling Crisologo...

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  • ...Pagburnayan, home of Vigan jars...

    Pagburnayan is where the traditional burnay jars from Vigan are made.. We took a tricycle (for 40 pesos/2 pax) stationed in the Heritage Site to get there...

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  • walking tour at Calle Crisologo

    Vigan City is best known for Calle Crisologo which is around 500 meters stretch of cobblestoned street lined with century old filipino-spanish architecture.. A walking tour plus some souvenir shopping can usually take an hour and a half..

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  • Burnay-making

    Burnay is a local craft of Ilocos. The picture was taken in Vigan where there are few shops still making those beautiful pots and jars. The locals are very accomodating and even made a jar sample right in front of us.You may buy your pasalubongs here directly to get a good price and also to help the local community.

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  • Baluarte

    This is the governor's fortress which was a source of controversy long time ago. When you go here, you will see why. I don't know how a governor can afford such a place! The animals here are well maintained which is good. They have tigers, lions, white deer, ostrich, mini horses to name a few. This is a petting zoo which is great for kids!

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  • Food Trip

    Aside from museums, ancestral houses and baluarte (governor's fortress), part of the tour of vigan is to try out local delicacies. Try the pipian (ground rice that is their version of aroz caldo but has a different taste to it), tinubong (yummy sweet sticky rice inside bamboo sticks), bagnet (crispy fried pieces of pork), Poqui poqui (mashed...

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  • One day tour in Vigan

    Upon arrival at Vigan, you can go straight to Calle Crisologo where you will enjoy looking at ancestral houses and antique shops. From here, you may ride the kalesa for about 150 pesos per hour and this will take you anywhere! Just a few meters away from Calle Crisologo is the St Paul Cathedral, UNESCO marker, Plaza Burgos (where you can have their...

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  • Hidden Garden

    If you love gardening or if you are looking for a place to sip coffee, relax and enjoy a peaceful stroll this is the place to go to. You can buy your plants and bonsai trees here and they have landscaping services as well. They also serve the famous fried Ilocos empanada, good bibingka and other local pica pica foods. I was told that they have a...

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  • spLurge into Ilokano delicacies..

    their EMPANADA tastes like nkka-adikTUz to the "nth" level. It's way..way..way.. up..up.. and away (lol!) far from the ones we eat in Manila. Its crunchy covering and mouthwatering filling could drop your senses (exaajjJ! lol!) 60 ft. below howaaaat?! (dead?!...joke!). trUly its deliciosah..hh. gRab one for P35 only..

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  • Animals at Baluarte

    Owner Gov. Chavit turns a part of his resthouse into a zoo which allows visitor to go inside for free...you'll find there his pet, a lion and a tiger...monkeys (who jumps off on my daughter's head that made her cry)...glider (small creature..looks like a mouse and knows how to glide..hehe)...ostrich, which are everywhere..snake, for picture...

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  • Picture taking

    hold a snake or wrap it around your neck while posing beside Chavit (owner of Baluarte)...free of charge...

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  • Pony riding at Baluarte

    kids will definitely enjoy the ride while going around baluarte...it's free of charge...though the guide will definitely appeciate a small token

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  • Butterfly Garden

    you'll definitely enjoy holding a butterfly on your palm..this is also located inside Baluarte...another free of charge..

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  • Villa Angela

    this is a small guesthouse where Tom Cruise stayed during his visit in the Philippines...you'll find there antique furnitures...100 yr old bed...i can't remember but i think it's also free to tour around the place...

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  • Shopping along the heritage village

    you can buy a lot of affordable items here...from bags, towels, scarf, hat and others..most of the items are hand made...

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  • Learn Your History

    Vigan held a good part of history especially from the time of the Spanish colonizers. During our visit, we went to the birthplace of Father Burgos in Vigan. He is one of the 3 priests, popularly known as "GomBurZa", that we've come to study in our history lessons. Info on one of the historical posts:Birthplace of Father BurgosAt this place, town of...

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  • San Augustine Church and Bell Tower

    San Augustine Church is one of the oldest churches in Ilocos Sur. It was built in 1590 by its first parish priest, Fr. Montoya. During World War II, the church was damaged and reconstruction was done in 1950. Some folklore (taken from the net):According to great ancestors, fishermen found the image of Our Lady of Charity placed in a wooden box...

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  • The Majestic Quirino Bridge

    This beautiful bridge was named after the late President Elipidio Quirino. Also known as "Banaoag Bridge", it passes through Abra River.This bridge survived World War II bombings.Note: In July 2001, just months after our visit, this bridge was destroyed and washed-over by floods brought about by typhoon Feria. Reconstruction works followed.

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  • Visit the Vigan Potters

    After lunch in the local restaurants you can take it easy by visiting one of the potters that create the famous burnay jars of Vigan. These potters have also branched out to creating clay objects for the garden.

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  • Pagburnayan- Molding Jars

    One of the famous tourist attraction in vigan is the "Pagburnayan" and visit in vigan is not complete without visiting these treasures. Burnay is crafted by a potter's hands with the help of a potter's wheel. It is made from fine sand as a tempering material and fired at a high temperature in a large brick-and-clay ground kiln making it harder.It...

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  • Shrine of Nstra. Snra. dela Caridad...

    If you are in Ilocos Sur you must visit this shrine for our Lady of Charity, patroness of Nueva Segovia. The Statue of Our Lady adorns a niche at the top section just below the ornate cornice of the church facade. Below it is another niche occupied by a statue of St. Augustine of Hippo and flanked by narrow stained glass windows. The shrine...

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  • Under Banaoang Bridge

    It will be worth your while to make a quick stop after crossing the Banaoang Bridge. It is a picturesque steel bridge. You can dip your feet on the cool waters of Abra river and maybe take a picture or two : )

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  • Strolling at Vigan's Heritage Village

    Here are some activities that's worth of your time:1. Stroll or calesa ride at Vigan's Heritage Village makes you think what life's been with our ancestors.2. Visit at the Vigan's pottery making area where you can also buy some for pasalubong and decorations at home.3. A drop by at Chavit Singson's Baluarte where he displays his mini zoo and the...

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  • Hilltop Church

    Built in 1769 atop a hill, Sta. Maria Church is included in the UNESCO's world heritage list. It can be reached by climbing the 86 step concrete stairs. The church is of massive structure and was used as a fortress during the 1896 Philippine revolution.

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  • Brick Bell Tower

    Bantay is a Filipino word for "watch". Living up to the town's name, its bell tower is located on a mound overlooking the town and its neighbors. The tower was built on that site, because in the past, it served as a lookout point for intruders coming from different directions.

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