The Historical City of Vigan
Do you want to visit a place where you can enjoy and learn something that you do not know? Come and let us have a tour of one of the historical places in Vigan.
It was in the 16th century when Heritage Village had been established. It was the best example of preserved evidence of Spaniard’s colony in the Philippines. Through the combined structural designs of China and Europe, its culture and townscape is very unique and has no similar architectural face in East and South-East Asia. It is located at the river delta of Abra River, along with the northwestern coastline of the main island of Luzon. It is about 17.25 hectares in area. It is open with 2 adjacent plazas. And Plaza Salcedo is the long arm of an L-shaped open space, with the Plaza Burgos as the shorter. The St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace, the City Hall and the Provincial Capitol Building are those who dominated the whole plaza. But, you can see a little difference between Vigan and contemporary Spanish colonial towns in Latin America in the Historic Core (known as the Mestizo district), where the Latin tradition is tempered by strong Chinese, Ilocano, and Filipino influences. Its name was originated in the combination of Ilocano and Chinese. The area is consists of a total of 233historic buildings tightly strung along a grid of 25 streets. Some of the historic buildings are made up of brick and wood and the roof is colored with the pitch that shows the traditional Chinese structure.
Visiting this place and getting a lot of information about the history of how the colony of different countries affects the present physical architectural structure of the Philippines is one great and incomparable experience you can have. Looking back on how a place became like this as of today will make us understand its origin.fs