Pagburnayan, Vigan

Pottery Jar Making ViganPagburnayan is located in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. The traditional Jar Making industry in Vigan is believed to have been introduced by the Chinese traders in the 14th century to provide an all-weather container or vessel for fermenting Vinegar, basi or wine (from sugar cane extract) and salt and for transporting these local products, along with the exotic goods from neighboring Asian kingdoms through the coastal sea lanes from Vigan to Cagayan and Vigan to Pangasinan – Manila on board Pontin sail boats. The factories had to be established in “Pagbantayan” (the old name of the barangay now called Pagburnayan) because of its accessibility to the rich clay deposits in Ayusan and most of the western barrios. Continue reading

How to Get to Vigan City

Historic City of ViganTo get to Vigan City by Air: Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. To get to Vigan City by Land: The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. Getting Around – The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Continue reading

Vigan Empanada

Vigan EmpanadaThe Vigan Empanada is a popular street food in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur province. A visit to Vigan will not be complete without tasting its famous Vigan empanada. You can choose to sample this tasty delight in the food establishments that dot the city or the empanada stalls in the market and plazas. It is great whether as breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks. At around thirty-five pesos each, it’s quite cheap to have as many as you need to fill your hunger after touring the city. The Vigan empanada is much in keeping with the Vigan people’s love for vegetables in their cuisine. It is similar to a thin taco that is fried to a crisp, with vegetable and meat filling. Rice flour is used for making the crust or the shell. The galapong or rice flour dough is made a day before it is used. Continue reading

Damili of Vigan

Red Clay PotsThe damili is one form of terra-cotta craft which is considered indigenous to a number of communities in Vigan City. Seven barangays in the city are known for this industry, namely: Bulala, Paratong, Pong-ol, Barraca, Salindeg, Paoa, and Ayusan Sur. Notably, all these barangays are situated around the Vigan hills in whose immediate surroundings the Bantog clay, which is the main material used in the potteries, is found.

Damili craft is home-based and is done in the homes’ yards. In most cases, all the members of the family, from the eight-year olds to the parents and grandparents, are engaged in the craft. Partnership between men and Continue reading

Baluarte Wildlife Sanctuary in Vigan

Butterfly Garden ViganCome and play with the animals! Be one of them roaring and whistling, indulging in the joys of the moment, you are in Baluarte, the only one of its kind in the country. Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens. Baluarte is dedicated to facilitate education, conservation and protection of endangered species and wildlife. Children and those who are young at heart will rediscover life amongst the animals in unique and entertaining ways specifically through first-hand experience. Baluarte is 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and Continue reading

Ilocos Norte Province

Bangui Windfarm Ilocos NorteFrom tip to tip, the Philippines has all sorts of fun to offer. To make sure you cover everything, start right at the top! Ilocandia is the perfect beginning to an awesome Philippine adventure.

When you start your Ilocos Norte adventure, you are most likely to start in Laoag. It’s the capital of Ilocos Norte and the hub of everything Ilocano. Just go to Museo Ilocos Norte and you’ll see.  The region’s main offices and universities are also located here. World-famous sights such as Pagudpud, Paoay and Vigan are less than an hour’s journey away. Ilocos Norte is a coastal province so different colors of sand can be found here — the blackest of black in Laoag, the brown sands in Currimao, Continue reading