Thursday, May 30, 2013

DAY4 -Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila

DAY 4: May 3, 2013 (Friday)
Vigan, Laoag Airport, Manila, Home

Our last day in VIGAN CITY..

Had breakfast at our hotel RF ANICETO MANSION at 7:00am. Had longganisa with rice while my niece had corned beef and rice. Later on we went to Calle Crisologo again to find more souvenirs.vigan1Going to Vigan is not complete if you didn't ride the Kalesa. Ride is P150.00/ hour. It was fun touring the city abroad the kalesa so don't miss this chance. Since  we already toured some of the sites there, I just asked manong with his horse named Wind Blown to take us at Villa Angela, Burgos Museum and Syquia Mansion.

[caption id="attachment_460" align="aligncenter" width="372"]kalesa2 Kalesa with our horse Wind Blown[/caption]

Villa Angela Heritage House
Very old 1850's Vigan house owned by the Versoza family. Full of antique furniture inside. The caretaker graciously let us inside the house but we we're not able to see the room because there are guests that time.

[caption id="attachment_459" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Villa Angela Heritage House This is where Tom Cruise stayed while he was filming Born on the Fourth of July[/caption]

A little creepy inside (for me), but if you want to sleep and experience how it feels to stay in a vintage house there are different rooms to choose from.

Burgos Museum
This is the ancestral house of the martyr-priest Padre Jose Burgos. It houses memorabilia of Father Jose Burgos along with other amazing archeological collections and dioramas of the locals of Vigan.
Burgos Museum Burgos Museum2Entrance Fees: Adult: P20.00 , Senior/ Students: P10.00. Discounts on big groups.
A well-versed tour guide led us inside and talking about the history of the house and other stuff. Must see place in Vigan.


Syquia Mansion
is the house of former President President Quirino and actually owned by his wife aDona Alicia Quirino who has Chinese ancestors.
Syquia MansionSyquia Mansion 2

Entrance: P20.00 each

We were lucky that time because our tour guide is from the Department of Tourism that has so much information. The mansion was full of beautiful furniture, painting, stories and other memorabilia. I had goosebumps when we entered the living room and as if the owners are greeting us while we are there.

Baluarte
Owned by former Ilocos Gov. Luis "Chavit" Singson where animals like Llama, pony and other animals are free to roam around. We did ride the pony and we just gave P50.00 to the guy as tip.
Baluarte ni ChavitBaluarte 2 Baluarte 3 Entrance: FREE
From Heritage Village, we rode the tricycle. P50.00 fee. We didn't stay for long because it was too hot that time (almost noon time).

Weaving
My niece begged at me to go to a weaving center so we squeezed it in on our itinerary before going home. The owner of a souvenir shop was kind enough to get a tricycle for us and instructed the driver to bring us to a weaving center.
weaving


We are allowed to try for few minutes. Tip:  P50.00
I bought weaved shawl for P150.00 as a souvenir.


Empanadahan
After our lunch, I don't want to go home without tasting their famous empanada. So, eventhough we are still full we passed by Plaza and bought one piece for P45.00
empanadahan empanadahan1Too bad it was NOT good, I think it was not the special empanada that we bought.  We end up not eating the whole piece..lol. My niece said it tastes like kwek-kwek ..lol

Next time, I'll have to make sure it is a special empanda..

Crisologo Mansion
We went here in the morning, the tour guide told us to just come back later in the afternoon because they have guests that will lunch so she will not be able to accommodate us. However, when we came back at Crisologo Mansion at 2 pm but it was closed already eventhough it's not yet closing time.
Crisologo Mansion

Checked out at RF Aniceto Mansion at 4 pm just paid the extra 2 hours extension. Rode PARTAS  Bus back to Laoag City that took around 2 hours.

From downtown Laoag (Centro), took tricycle to Laoag Airport for P150.00 (tinataga kami) I should have paid P100 only. Flew via Cebu Pacific at 9:pm flight.

Goodbye Vigan / Ilocos..!!! We had such a great experience while we are there for 4 days and I hope I can come back again to explore Pagudpud more.
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Check our detailed 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour:
Our DIY 4D/3N Itinerary of Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour
Our DIY 4D/3N Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Expenses / Costs
Review of Texicano Hotel, Laoag City
DAY1 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Airport to Laoag City
DAY1 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City to Batac
DAY1 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Church and Paoay Lake
DAY1 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Paoay Sand Dunes
DAY1 – Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Fort Ilocandia Resort
DAY2 – Part1: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Laoag City
DAY2 – Part2: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
DAY2 – Part3: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
DAY2 – Part4: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour  -  Bangui Windmills
DAY2 -  Part5: Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Pagudpud
DAY 3 - Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour –Vigan City
DAY4 -  Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan Tour – Vigan City to Manila

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  4. I've been to Vigan once but I want to go back there again. I haven't explored the place as much as you did :)

    Too bad about the empanada. They're quite well-known for it.

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  5. I would love to explore our own country if only I can have a longer vacation the next time I'm in the Philippines. There is so much to see and explore and your pictures say it all! :)

    Ria C

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  6. Yup. Isdaan in Tarlac have become a popular stopover esp to those traveling northern Phils.
    It's great that you have more time exploring Vigan. I wished we could have the chance to come back to Ilocos and visit as far as Pagudpud. I enjoyed visiting your Ilocos tour. Lovely photos you got.
    As for the empanada, Batac's (Ilocos Norte) got the better empanada (in my opinion) than Vigan's. We toured Plaza Burgos just to have a taste of their empanada and same as you, we weren't satisfied.

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  7. I so dream of going on a trip like this up north in our own country! Ang ganda ng mga tanawin! Thanks for sharing your beautiful snaps, sis!

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  8. your trip report is very detailed and would help a lot future travelrs, would would love to try that empanada, looks so yummy!

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  9. I am sure you had one great time there as I had on several occasions...I want to go back there soon! In fact it would be awesome to live there! love the empanada, the longganisa and most of all the scenery and the walk through the past feel :)

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  10. uy sayang we should have tasted the empanada in Batac nung nagpunta kami don..

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  11. go na Rcel, sulit ang punta up north

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  12. oo nga detailed haha sinipag akong mag blog hehe

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  13. we sure did enjoyed bitin nga ang trip eh dami pang d napuntahan at d natikman na pagkain .

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  14. true Ria, ako nga andito na sa PInas d pa makapunta sa madaming mga tourists spots hehe

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  15. oo nga eh nadisappoint ako sa empanada hehe

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  16. I also recommend Baluarte as a must-see place for newbie travelers. Miss yung Vigan langgoniza.

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  17. Ilocos is a very nice place, wala kang makikitang mga eskwater area or some beggar along the way.

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  18. I really hope I could pursue my Ilocos travel come June 12-15! OMG malapit na, pero wala pa kaming pinag uusapan ng mga kaibigan ko! huhuhu

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  19. The Mansion looks prestine. I can see in you guys smile that you definitely had a blast.

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  20. uy ayusin nyo na IT nyo.. hirap magpunta don na d nyo alam san ang sunod sunod na pupuntahan nyo kasi mauubos oras nyo

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  21. Uu nga eh. Sana matuloy talaga kami :|

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  22. wow, i love ilocos region...been there once for work with a bit of leisure, hehehe, but i love to explore it more without thinking about work, this is one place that I hope my hubby and kids can see someday! lucky that we was able to explore Baluarte and go see Chavit's mansion and his tigers...the view from top was awesome! :) thanks for sharing your itinerary during the trip, it will really helps travelers.

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  23. oo nga medyo hassle pag sabay ang work at leisure hehe.. i hope makapunta kayo dito with your family im sure they will enjoy there esp. if you'll ride the kalesa. hehe

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  24. Yay! Another amazing virtual tour. Ahhh! Vigan!!! I want to set my feet in there someday!

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  25. soon you will be in Vigan Marie and for sure you'll enjoy it to bits!

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  26. Nice! Very detailed.

    Thanks!

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