Postcards from Vigan

Horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping on cobblestone streets past Spanish-era houses called bahay na bato — there are only a few places in the Philippines as nostalgic as Vigan. The city, a World Heritage Site, is “an exceptionally intact and well preserved example of a European trading town in East and Southeast Asia,” according to UNESCO.

Vigan’s most touristy spot is its heritage village—a network of cobblestone streets dispersing from its main calle, Calle Crisologo, site of mestizo dwellings during the Spanish colonial period. We love Vigan any time of the day, but it is at its prettiest at dusk. And we also love the dap-ayan nearby, where the sinanglao and empanada never, ever fail to satisfy. Vigan really never gets old.

Vigan, Philippines / © Owen Ballesteros

Vigan, Philippines / © Nikka Corsino

Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

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Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

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Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros

Vigan, Philippines. © Owen Ballesteros


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