Philippine has very close relation with Spain in many aspects and this can be found because of the fact that Philippines had ever been the Spain colonial. Nowadays, people can find the remaining of the old Spanish town in Vigan. Before the colonial era, this town becomes crucial point of trading with Chinese. In 1572, Vigan was conquered by Spanish and it was used as the power center of Spanish about politics and religion in north Luzon. This town is called Town of Ferdinand as the honor of the firstborn son of King Philip II of Spain named Ferdinand. The mixture of some cultures in this area will be perfect to enjoy during festival season which is held in January and May.
St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral becomes the central landmark which people can see besides the Mestizo district where the colonial building can still be found with the mixture of local, Spanish, as well as Asian style of architecture. Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos are other great places which should be visited besides some museums including Ayala, Crisologo, and Syquia. If people want to use flight to reach this town, they can use the Interisland Airlines to Mindoro Airport (Vigan Airport) or Laoag’s airport. Public transportation can be used to reach the Vigan town and for getting around but in town, people should try calesas.
Festival should be seen in this town besides many kinds of local food which should not be missed to experience the real taste of Vigan which has mixture of Spanish, Asian, and local culture.