Part 9 of a series
From the national highway, Vigan City is actually out of the way, as it is the only town to the left while the rest of the northern towns of Ilocos Sur are on the right, all the way to Ilocos Norte.
We finally arrived in the charming city of Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage site, at 4:15pm. We parked beside the Plaza Burgos and disembarked to check out the city.
PLAZA BURGOS. At the center of the park stands a monument dedicated to Fr. Jose Burgos. It reads:
DR. JOSE A BURGOS
BORN IN BIGAN, ILOCOS SUR, P.I.
FEBRUARY 9, 1837
AND MARTYRED ON BAGUMBAYAN
MANILA, P.I. FEBRUARY 17, 1872
A VICTIM OF THE INIQUITOUS
OF HIS PERFIDIOUS ENEMIES.
ETERNAL PEACE TO HIS SOUL
IMPERISHABLE PRAISE TO HIS MEMORY
TO HIS ASSASSINATORS
THE LOVE OF THE ILOCANOS
DEDICATED THIS MEMORIAL TO THEE
FEBRUARY 17, 1910
PLAZA SALCEDO. Located in front of the Vigan Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza Salcedo was named in honor of the discoverer of Vigan and the first Spanish Encomendero and surrounded by the most important public and private buildings in the community.
Plaza Salcedo with the Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol in the background
I don’t know their mayor personally so I am clueless as to why he has some horns here, lol.
I was amazed to see the McDonald’s outlet in Vigan. I’m not sure whether it’s the establishment who took the initiative to harmonize with the rest of the heritage structures in the city or whether the local government unit imposes such measure. Either way, it’s nice to see at least one city in the Philippines where a “theme” is actually followed.
(…to be continued)