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The Historical Calle Crisologo of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Calle Crisologo - The street that made Vigan extra-famous
Calle Crisologo - The street that made Vigan extra-famous
All the way from Laoag, we traveled to Vigan of Ilocos Sur via a service van that we availed of.

This was my second time in the area, and pretty much I have the same comment about the place. It was rather unimpressive given the facts (1) that the only preserved heritage area in Vigan is a street called Calle Crisologo, and (2) that it has turned into a marketplace. Nevertheless, let's explore the area, shall we?

Note: I'm combining both my first and this recent experience into this blog post, since I got lazy to finish my draft a year ago.

Calle Crisologo has also evolved into marketplace for souvenirs and other merchandise
Calle Crisologo has also evolved into marketplace for souvenirs and other merchandise
The Calle Crisologo of Vigan City
If people will be given a chance to visit one place only in Vigan, I believe they will choose this one -- the famous Calle CrisologoWhy is it so? Well, I believe this is the heart of Vigan, and without this street the place wouldn't be as popular as it is now.

Although most parts of the city was declared as a heritage site, Calle Crisologo is the only street that is well-preserved in terms of the Spanish-Filipino heritage particularly the house structure, the road and the ambiance. It surely gives you a glimpse of what the past was like.

Calle Crisologo of Vigan - Image of Jesus
The beauty of Calle Crisologo lies on its historical feel and structures
To cut it all short, Calle Crisologo gets most of its appeal from the "preservation" of its hispanic structures. Arguably, it's sort of the Intramuros of Vigan but only of much smaller scale.

Souvenirs in Calle Crisolog, Vigan City
Wooden crafts for souvenirs - find almost all you need here in Calle Crisologo
Calle Crisologo - a marketplace? 
Unfortunately, most of the houses here in Calle Crisolog are either unkept or inhabitable (not unless they only seem to look like it). However, most of them had their ground floors renovated to house all the souvenir shops. This turned the historical street into a busy marketplace, and I don't know if I'll be happy about it.

Well, the bright side of this is you'll find most of your souvenir needs here. Check out some of the great ones I stumbled upon:

Pinoy Souvenirs found in the shops along Calle Crisologo of Vigan
Pinoy Souvenirs found in the shops along Calle Crisologo of Vigan
Hand-crafted souvenirs sold along the Calle Crisologo of Vigan City
Now, putting that on the side, I was able to still appreciate the structure and historical feel of the street. Also, the great thing about Calle Crisologo is how it practically looks amazing when you take a snapshot. Yes, it's admittedly photogenic. In fact, it's extremely photogenic that it looks better in photos than in real life. I din't know if we share the same sentiment, but I felt tricked by the photos I saw in the internet.

Being a lover of the brighter side of things, we just focused on that good side of Calle Crisologo, and took the opportunity to immortalize memories through pictures.

SPAS 2009 and Renz Kristofer Cheng
A Not-So-Popular with some of his great high school friends!
Photo by Nathaniel Chan
The fun Calesa ride in the city of Filipino-Spanish Heritage, Vigan
The fun Calesa ride in the city of Filipino-Spanish Heritage, Vigan!
Oh, before I forget, riding the Calesa is one of the top suggested activity here in Vigan! It is just pure classic as you indulge yourself with the Filipino-Spanish heritage while the breeze lifts your spirit!

Below are some of the great photos taken by my friend, Alberto Del Rosario. I'm just including them here to showcase them. Plus, I feel like I'm a frustrated fashion blogger, so allow me to bask under this moment of pretence.

A Not-So-Popular Kid in Calle Crisologo of ViganRenz Kristofer Cheng - A Not-So-Popular Kid

Anyway, you may want to check out Calle Crisologo at night because it radiates a more serene and momentous ambiance. Just see for yourself with this photo.
Calle Crisologo (of Vigan City) basking in the glory of the night
Calle Crisologo (of Vigan City) basking in the glory of the night 

Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur in a Nutshell
Calle Crisologo may be too commercialized with the presence of excessive souvenir shops, and it is possibly at risk right now of losing its charm with all of these distractions going on. However, this does not change the fact that you'll still feel the Hispanic vibe in the area with all the structures and calesa.

Overall, I don't see this as a "must-visit" place because it has the potential to disappoint, but of course, if it wouldn't take too much time from your stay, go check this place out as well.

How about you - do you recommend this place?






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