Last weekend my husband was off to Vigan, a city north of Manila, for a wedding photo coverage. I was supposed to come with him but had to stay due to some appointments that I couldn't cancel. Anyways, I'm borrowing one photo from his hundreds of photo for my post today.

This photo is taken in one of the Vigan, earlier known as " Ciudad Fernandina" from 1758 to late 19th century, it is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the country. It has auspiciously escaped the bombs of World War II unlike its sister cities, Manila and Cebu. How and why it has survived the wrath of war is a fascinating story on its own. It is located in the Northern part of the Philippines, 408 kilometers northwest of Manila. Vigan was recently included in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1999 and converted into a component city last January 21, 2001.

My husband was raving at the fact that the place is like in a different time zone...its like you stepped back in time as soon as you are there. Cobbled stone pavements, old spanish houses, calesas everywhere! It's trully a magnificent city...a place where I'd like to come back to maybe in the near future :)

Related photos:
House in Vigan
Vigan side street

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At 2/23/2006 06:55:00 AM, Blogger Duane Bong said...

Hi, it's my first post on your blog. I've never been to the Manilla before. Looks very exotic, I'd like to visit one day. Your architecture looks similar to our old shop houses in Singapore (from the colonial times).

For the photo, the only comment I have is the sky is blown out. Might be best to convert this into a black and white scene. It would look better.

At 2/23/2006 07:03:00 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Duane! Thanks for the comment :) Haven't really done anything on this photo...i'll experiment on that and will repost if necessary...

Hope you can visit everyday and comment on the photos...would really appreciate a candid feedback positive or negative :)

At 2/23/2006 08:18:00 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

Vigan is a must see! There are still a lot of houses to renovate.

At 2/23/2006 05:28:00 PM, Blogger Lisi said...

Ann, this place is so beautiful...

At 2/24/2006 03:59:00 AM, Blogger AKILEZ said...

I saw Vigan in the 80's and still love to see it again. The Facade is a mixture of Spanish, Mexican and Chinese according to Filipino

Nag-pintas ni Vigan

At 2/24/2006 05:45:00 AM, Blogger Rodney said...

Nice Shot!!! I did not get to visit Vigan during my last trip but I will visit next time I am in the Philippines.

At 2/24/2006 05:49:00 AM, Blogger 3rdfloor20 said...

Reminds me of a couple of the German cities I have been to that also escaped bombing. (Stuttgart isn't one of them). It really looks like a place that has to be experienced and not just seen.


At 2/24/2006 06:17:00 AM, Blogger Rob said...

Hi Anne,

doesn't look so different from some of the streets here. Nice evening sunlight

At 2/25/2006 10:49:00 AM, Blogger Karine said...

Extremely nice shot. Thanks for your interesting comments, and thanks for ur husband to share this picture.

At 3/01/2006 09:42:00 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi you guys...thanks for all the comments, yah this is much like many Spanish places mainly because we were previously a Spanish colony. It's just so interesting to go back in time and discover so many wonderful things :)

At 3/03/2006 03:22:00 AM, Blogger Matthias Ripp said...

Interesting Article! I would like to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site one day and see how the state of preservation is!


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