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The Heritage of Ilocos Sur

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A travel journal to Vigan by manlalakbay

Glory’s Empanada Photo, Batac, Philippines More Photos
Quote: The road trip continues to explore the heritage and culture of Ilocos

Pagburnayan

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Harry Potter Photo, Vigan, Philippines
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The burnay (clay pots, jugs, jars) is one of the most important cultural heritage of the region. They even claim that it is stronger than the terracotta of China. In the Western Part of Vigan, good quality clay can be found. The production of burnay was inspired by the trading that happened in the region with the Chinese.Historically, the burnay was used for various household items like water container, both for drinking and bathing. It is also used for various cooking depending on the size of the pot. Right now, people often buy burnay as decorative items for their homes.In Vigan, there is a small village called Pagburnayan or "place where burnay is made." Here there ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2011

Tongson's Royal Bibingka

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Restaurant | "Yummy, sticky bibingka at Tiongson's"

Tongson's Royal Bibingka Photo, Vigan, Philippines
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The Philippines is known for its many variety of rice cakes from different regions. Bibingka is one of those rice cakes. While I was doing research for must-eat food in Vigan, I came across a recommendation to have the Royal Bibingka in Tiongson's.I am a big fan of bibingka -- puffy, almost chiffon-like rice cake usually topped with salted eggs and coconut shavings. So I was excited to try Tiongson's Royal Bibingka. It was actually of the first places I was looking for while walking around Vigan during our first night. And what do you know, we actually parked right across it! However, since we were in a hurry to get to Laoag and just had to stop by for dinner, we decided t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2011

Tongson's Royal Bibingka
Calle Crisologo
Vigan, Philippines

Vigan Heritage Village

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Vigan Heritage Village Photo, Vigan, Philippines
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The Vigan Heritage Village is one of the many UNESCO Heritage Sites in the country. Most of the houses in the area date back to the Spanish Era, still standing strong and functional. Local movies usually have their location shoot in Vigan for period flicks. New structures need to comply with the the architectural standards of the area which require that the buildings look similar to the heritage houses.At Plaza Burgos, you will find several commercial calesas or horse-drawn carriages waiting for tourists. The rates are okay, with an hour ride around the town costing P150 (more than $3). I have tried this ride during my visit last 2003. I would say it was worth it because the calesa d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2011

Vigan Heritage Village

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Bantay Belfry

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Attraction | "View from the Belltower"

Bantay Belfry Photo, Bantay, Philippines
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The Bantay Belfry is one of the best preserved structures from the Spanish Era in Ilocos. The structure was built in 1591, and more than 500 years later, it still remains to be an important structure in the province. Like most structures in the region, it is made of red brick, coral, lumber and tree sap. To go the bell tower, tourists are asked to register near the church where some vendors are selling some native food and religious items. You can also provide a small amount to the donation box for the maintenance of the belfry.When I first came to see the Bantay Belfry in 2003, you had to climb up a small hill to get to it. The beautiful red structure was a great contrast ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2011

Bantay Belfry

Bantay, Vigan

Glory’s Empanada

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Attraction | "Batac Empanada at Glory's"

Glory’s Empanada Photo, Batac, Philippines
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Food is definitely an intrinsic part of Ilokano heritage. When people know that someone will be visiting Ilocos, they would usually tell you to try the Vigan Longganisa (local chorizo), bagnet (deep fried pork belly) and empanada (deep fried stuffed bread).We've already had our taste of longganisa and bagnet but have yet to indulge in our empanada treat. During our last day in Ilocos, we visited my husband's relatives in Batac. Batac is probably more known for being the home of the Marcos Museum where former President Marcos body is open for public viewing. Why is that would be a long historical treatise so let's not get into that.My husband's relatives asked if we have alr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2011

Glory’s Empanada
Near Town Plaza
Batac, Philippines

Trellis

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Restaurant | "A taste of bagnet in Trellis"

Trellis Photo, Vigan, Philippines
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We have been on the road for ten hoursha already. Our last meal was two in the afternoon and it was already eight in the evening. Our destination was still two hours away, probably more since we were not sure how to get there. My husband and I decided to have our dinner at the Vigan Heritage Site area.It took us a while to find a parking spot. We ended up near Plaza Burgos where an Oktoberfest concert was being set up. We had no idea where to eat but I insisted that we do not eat in popular food chains that we can find back in Manila. The first restaurant we encountered was Trellis.First thing I checked was whether they have available Ilokano food. Nothing like experienci...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2011

Trellis
Plaza Burgos
Vigan City, Philippines

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