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Thursday, December 22, 2011

VIGAN KALESA TOUR


I was always fascinated with the old charm of Vigan. Vigan for me is the land of Bagnet and Longganisa. Omg! They make me tulo laway! Ha ha ha! Yummy yum yum!  I had a wonderful time roaming around in Vigan aboard a kalesa or horse drawn carriage which you could rent for P200 -300 per hour depending on your tawad skills. I was able to rent one for P200/ hour @ Plaza Salcedo in front of the Vigan Cathedral.

My first stop is the Vigan Cathedral.
The Vigan Cathedral also known as St. Paul's Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. During the Spanish times (1525), the Spaniards chose Vigan as their center of government. It was called the Villa Hernandina then the Spaniards built the Cathedral on this site in 1574 (by Juan de Salcedo) and was damaged in the earthquakes of 1619 and 1627. A second was built here in 1641 and the present baroque-style church was built in the 1800's.

The Cathedral withstood many earthquakes, the latest was in 1990. The church is kept beautifully by the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. They just recently painted the Cathedral and it stands great with it's fresh creamy-white  look.
 ARZOBISPADO DE NUEVA SEGOVIA

 The priest live in the convent beside the church.
 
Diocese of Nueva Segovia.


19 comments:

violy vallester said...

we are going for a road trip to Vigan this coming HOly Week... can't wait! ;) my first time also to drive in that direction.. goodluck to me!

ralph said...

i'm now a fan of your "tawad" skill... hahaha... sana makapunta rin ako sa vigan someday... para rin kasi syang cebu... daming heritage sites... Yahweh bless.

Budget Biyahera said...

I'm going to vigan this June.. So I'm still contemplating on whether to try the kalesa tour or not. I'll bookmark your post to help me decide pa..heheh

Noks Sosa I SiningFactory.com said...

Planning to go to Vigan this May! Hope I can visit this place!

gagay said...

never been to Vigan yet..will sure to visit this place sooon, if time permits.. ;)

Francis Balgos | Ang Pala-lagaw said...

it's fascinating to read about about churches..
and view them in their current glory!
the rich history makes it all worth it!
I also intend to cover as many churches as possible in my travels.
This one is a keeper!

Yuu Ki said...

i'm awed with old churches too...i remember nakasakay nako sa kalesa sa intramuros way way back, more than 10 yrs ago...

Gil Camporazo | RandomThoughts! said...

I appreciate your fad in touring old churches. I know churches had rich historical values and not only religion but cultural heritage also. By visiting them, anyone could imagine the religious activities of our forebears and other pious Filipinos.

lalalaPatricia said...

I never been to Vigan yet but your post looks interesting! Therefore Vigan is a must be one of the destination! :)

rc gweniful said...

i've been there once but only for awhile since the heat that time was so unbearable...would love to visit again but not when it's summer.

shawi | cheap travel for women said...

naku dear, sorry to burst your bubble, pero the standard rate for the calesa is P150/hour. hmm. ngayon ko lang nalaman yan. strictly regulated pa naman sila. meron pala nakakalusot. :(

Sumi Go said...

I haven't been to Ilocos yet.. >.< Hopefully I get to visit Vigan and have a tour some time soon.. :) Love the photo of the Vigan Cathedral btw!

Kathy Ngo said...

BF and I are planning a Vigan trip. I'm excited!

swexie said...

I really want to go to Vigan although I have already experienced Kalesa ride in Manila. Hehehe! Pero wala akong picture nun eh. Hehehe!

Gemma|My Dailies said...

my bro and sis-in-law lives there now! cross fingers.. pag bakasyon namin visit ko din to!!! thanks for the preview!!!

MaxiVelasco said...

I've never had a kalesa ride and 200 to 300 Php isn't a bad price for one hour. I will definitely do that if I get to Vigan one day :)

itin said...

Vigan is on top of my bucket list to visit in the Philippines. I can't wait to experience what you had!

Traveler on a Shoestring said...

shawi ok lang po yun, buti na po yun siya ang nakalamang kaysa ako ang nanglamang~!

bayenmd said...

I've never been to Vigan but from the pictures, it does look wonderful.

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