Went back to Ilocos after more than a decade! I can still remember the memories during my first visit back when I was 8 or 9 years old. Yes there are some changes, they’re inevitable; but the culture and old time feels remain the same. I love Ilocos because of its beautiful sites, historical places and food!
The first place we visited was the Bantay Bell Tower. Built in 1591, the tower is said to serve as the community’s lookout point to alert them of possible enemies during the 1st and 2nd World War. It became more popular to local tourists because some scenes of the well-known Filipino movie, “Panday” starring the late Fernando Poe Jr., were shot at the said place.
The hole is where FPJ removed the sword. The production team just widen it out for the sword to perfectly fit in it so that the scene would be more realistic.
Also on the same place, few meters away from the tower, is the Baroque and Gothic inspired architecture of St. Augustine Chapel. Considered as one of the oldest parishes in Ilocandias, the church houses the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary (Nuestra Señora de La Caridad) and St. Augustine of Hippo the Doctor of Grace.
Cool tricycles I saw while walking along the street. That red bumper tho!!
After visiting churches, we then headed to my favourite place in Vigan, the Heritage Village. Wikipedia says “it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.” This particular street only allows one type of vehicle to pass through it: Kalesa.
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