Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Visit to VIGAN

Our first time trip to Vigan.

Vigan- is the capital city of Ilocos Sur and the seat of the provincial government. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon and is facing the South China Sea and is 408 kilometers northwest of Manila.

The oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the country.

The name Vigan came from the Ilocano word "kabiga-an" pertaining to the plant "biga" which is a tuberous plant that once grew along the banks of its rivers.
It was once a thriving center for trade and commerce among the people of Ilocandia and the Cordilleras. Vigan is situated at the delta of the Abra River going to the South China Sea. This position at the mouth of the river connected to the China Sea has made trade feasible and convenient with other islands and with China. Vigan was where Juan de Salcedo established the Spanish government of Ilocos and was made the seat of the Bishopric of Nueva Segovia in 1778. It became the center of Spanish rule and influence and the preaching of Catholicism and pacification movements in the Ilocos Region.
It's also been called "the Heritage" because of it's antique houses, cobbled narrow streets and calesas.
- the Heritage -

- the antique houses -

- Calesas - the suitable mode of transportation within the city -

Plaza Burgos
was built in honor of Fr. Jose Burgos, one of three Filipino priests who were garroted by the Spaniards for espousing church reforms.

Some said, you've never been to Vigan if you never tasted their famous empanada.
So we decided to have empanada for our merienda.
We didn't go far because there are various stalls just around burgos plaza which served crispy 'Vigan empanada' fresh off the pan. There we also witnessed how they make it from preparation, cooking then serving.

For P35 , we have a hot empanada which is actually a mixture of vegetables with one whole egg on the center and wrapped in locally made dough. The dough is then dip fried in a boiling hot cooking oil. Right after the dough turned orange, it is then taken out of the frying pan and served on a platter with the famous Ilocos vinegar (vinegar mixed with various spices - onions, sili, ground pepper). Hmm.. yum yum! (i think im craving for it now.. i want oneeeee pls!)

-This is how they make the famous Vigan empanada -

- freshly cooked -

- my piece of ukoy and vigan empanada -

- yum yum! truly salivating... -

Next tour: BALuaRtE

Chavit Singson's Baluarte Zoo..

Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens.

Memorable events such as feeding the animals, petting them, riding the "tiburin", a small horse-drawn carriage, and visiting their Butterfly Garden will surely be an extraordinary adventure for you and your family. What's more incredible is that admission to Baluarte is FREE.

my two boys wid pareng chavit.. lolz

-cowboy momma-

a butterfly kiss

my lil boy trying to catch a butterfly

More photos at:
Baluarte zoo

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