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Vigan Ilocos Norte

This is a part of our short vacation in Ilocos Norte last holey week 2016. My family was eaten dinner at Vigan Crisologo St. in Ilocos Norte. We tried to taste the food specialty there like bagnet and longanisa. Anyhow Vigan is the most popular and class City in the province of Ilocos in the Philippines. Vigan Ilocos Norte is known the New 7 Wonders Foundation president and founding member Bernard Weber led a ceremony held at St. Paul Cathedral where he handed a bronze plaque to Vigan Mayor Eva Grace Singson-Medina, signifying the heritage city’s election as one of the world’s wonder cities.

Anyhow, we really enjoy during short vacation there, we visit the Baluarte which is attraction in Vigan, it offers a mini zoo, resort complex that lies in hectares of land, and a butterfly farm.  Chavit’s home in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, is one of the top tourist destinations in Ilocos Sur. It stands on a hill and provides an awesome panoramic view of the city. The Baluarte is approximately 20 hectares with a mini zoo, shooting range, and a chapel, among others. Access to the mini zoo, where Chavit’s numerous pets can be found is free for everyone, as the respectable gentleman considers this as a gift to the people.

Another beautiful tourist spot that we visited is bell tower. It is called the Bantay Belfry because it is located in the Bantay district of Vigan. According to my research the historians Galende and Javellana the builders feared that the enormous belltower, which doubled as an observation tower, would squash the church in the event it collapse during an earthquake. So they built it away from the main building. Compared to the customary church towers built (usually attached to the main building) during that same century, these towers in Ilocos are distinct because they were designed to perform multiple functions. From this belltower one could see a fantastic view of the town, including Vigan, the vast western seas and the mountains in the east.