VIGAN TOUR: EXPERIENCING CALLE CRISOLOGO AND DANCING FOUNTAIN (UPDATED OCTOBER 2016)
Note: This post is part of my Ilocos Tour Series
That was almost 6PM when left Pagburnayan. But It wasn’t dark yet when we arrived at Calle Crisologo. We were booked in a hotel located right on this street- the Cordillera Inn. We were so tired then, but we wanted to catch the schedule of the dancing fountain. So after we checked in we just refreshed ourselves and went out for the Dancing Fountain and for our dinner.
The Cordillera Inn is the only hotel located at Calle Crisologo and the oldest in Vigan. The main reason ( and you may find strange maybe) why we wanted to stay in this hotel was to have the first-hand experience of walking along the street in the middle of the night.
Cordillera Inn also provides easy access to Vigan popular tourist destinations such as Crisologo Museum, Fr. Burgos Museum, Syquia Mansion, Arce Mansion, Plaza Burgos, Plaza Salcedo, Vigan Metropolitan Cathedral and the Dancing Fountain amongst others.Other restaurants are also a walk away from the hotel.
The hotel has free WIFI which is very important for a blogger like me. Other amenities include a cable TV and hot & cold shower. Their restaurant is located on the top most of the building. I was with another blogger when we stayed at the hotel and we took their Standard Room with 2 beds at 2,500. Their suite room is pegged at 5,000.00.
The lobby of Cordillera Inn
Cordillera Inn Short Trivia
The house which was made of brick and mortar in 1885 was originally owned by Don Gaspar Bartolome . They pass the ownership of the house to the Carino Family when the original owner decided to transfer to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. The house and five others were destroyed by fire in 1942.
Thr strong foundations and brick walls of the ruins remained undamaged by the strong earthquake which happened in 1956 except for most of its adobe tiled roofs.
In 1965 the then Governor Carmeling Pichay Crisologo (1963-1971) bought the property and initiated the restoration of the place which is now the Cordillera Inn.
Address: #29 Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Phone: (077) 722 2727
VIGAN TOUR: Calle Crisologo is named after Mena Pecson Crisologo ,one of the most-respected sons of the Ilokos region. He wrote Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararwa, which many compared to Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere; an Ilocano translation of Don Quixote entitled Don Calixtofaro de la Kota Caballero de la Luna; and a zarzuela entitled Codigo Municipal.
After 30 minutes of rest and a quick shower. We started to explore Calle Crisologo.The street is a half-kilometer stretch of cobblestoned street lined with fine examples of 18th century Filipino-Spanish architecture. Among the buildings along the street are souvenir shops, and restaurants. Many of the houses have those typical wooden benches in front where anyone can sit. For other travelers who would visit Ilocos, I suggest that you spend a night in Vigan for you to see the City at night.
VIGAN TOUR: We’ve decided to eat our dinner al fresco at Calle Crisologo
Since it is closed to vehicular traffic at any time of the day, the stillness and shadows that come with the night add more magic to the 18th-century ambiance of the lamp-lit street that local and foreign visitors love. I’ve spotted many couples enjoying romantic atmosphere by having dinner in one of the old houses that had been converted to a restaurant, like Café Leona, before or after their walk.
VIGAN TOUR: Kalesas, or horse-drawn carriages, are the only vehicles allowed in Calle Crisologo. Vigan is a World Heritage Site . It is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where the structures remained intact, and is popularly known for its cobblestone streets. It’s unique architecture is a fusion of the Philippine and Oriental designs , with some influence of the colonial European architecture.
Walking along Calle Crisologo gave me the feeling that I was transported back more than a hundred years to the Spanish colonial era . If you want to push the experience a little more a calesa ride through Vigan’s Calle Crisologo or Mena Crisologo Street is a good idea. The Calesa tour will take visitors more than a couple of hours and will cost around 500 pesos . But better negotiate prior for they charge per hour. You will be guided through four blocks of cobblestone streets lined with heritage houses of the families of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen who rose to prominence during that time of active trading in abel cloth, indigo, gold, tobacco and other goods that were transported to Vigan from all over the North.
VIGAN TOUR: Leona Florentino Ancestral House and Cafe. Café Leona also serves Italian food. They have a wood-fired oven where they cook their pizza. A novelty food item in their menu is the pinakbet pizza, which fuses Ilocano and Italian flavor and cooking. Visitors are advised to accompany their food either with the house ice tea or a try of the local basi wine.
LEONA FLORENTINO HOUSE
One of the Ancestral House found at Calle Crisologo is the Leona Florentino House located at the beginning of the historical and most photographed street, the Calle Crisologo. It is located near the main plaza and is among the first of the heritage houses that greet visitors with its old-world charm.
Leona Florentino Ancestral House is the home of one of the most respected Filipino literary personality. The building now houses the Provincial Tourism Center, the Vigan Heritage Commission, and Café Leona, a favorite culinary destination. Here local and foreign visitors can get information from the friendly staff of the center regarding the tourist spots to visit, things to buy , as well as how to get around. They will provide you with maps and brochures to help you for your Vigan adventure.
The Statue of Leona Florentino is found in a small park across this Leona Florentino Ancestral 1797 House .This statue was constructed in recognition to the first Filipina poet who achieved international attention.
Leona Florentino (19 April 1849 – 4 October 1884) was a Filipino poet in the Spanish and Ilocano languages. Considered as the “mother of Philippine women’s literature” and the “bridge from oral to literary tradition”. While she was born to an affluent and prominent family in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, she was not allowed to receive a university education because of her gender. Instead, Florentino was homeschooled by tutored by her mother, and then a series of private teachers. An educated Ilocano priest taught her advanced Spanish and inspired her to develop her skills in poetry. Florentino married a politician named Elias de los Reyes at the age of 14 and had five children.Her son Isabelo de los Reyes later became a Filipino writer, activist and senator. Due to the feminist nature of her writings, Florentino was ignored by her husband and son; lived alone in exile and died at the age of 35.
Another added attraction in the City of Vigan is their dancing fountain in the historical Plaza Salcedo. Plaza Salcedo an elliptical, elevated plaza is a landmark in Vigan had recently a dramatic and massive change with the construction of the Dancing Fountain. I guess the change is worth it. Both tourist and locals enjoy the fantastic dancing fountain and laser show.
The dancing fountain starts at 7:30pm and what is so nice about it was that show is painted against St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral.
The plaza is named after Juan de Salcedo, the founder of the old Villa Fernandina de Vigan which later became Ciudad Fernandina and Vigan City at present.
According to history, Plaza Salcedo was susceptible to fire during the Spanish regime. So the plan then was to create a man-made lagoon to minimize fire incidents. The original concept dating back some hundred of years ago is retained until March 2013 wherein a dramatic addition has been added to the once quiet and laid back park in between the Vigan Cathedral and the Ilocos Sur Capitol. The addition is a world class dancing fountain. Anyway I won’t talk much. I already filled this post with a lot of photos.
VIGAN TOUR: Vigan Cathedral/St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral serves as a great backdrop for the dancing fountain. Vigan Cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. Burial place of the great Ilocano poet Leona Florentino. It also houses the replica of the Miraculous Santo Cristo Milagroso (the original being in Sinait, Ilocos Sur)
Read the rest of our trip by clicking the links below:
- DIY ITINERARY
- FURNITURE EXHIBIT, GOING TO ILOCOS
- OUR TOUR GUIDE ,PAOAY SAND DUNES, 4×4,SAND BOARDING
- MALACANANG OF THE NORTH
- BATAC ILOCOS, EMPANADA, MARCOS MUSEUM AND MAUSULEUM
- TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH
- SECRET GARDEN AND PAGBURNAYAN
- CALLE CRISOLOGO; VIGAN DANCING FOUNTAIN
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 10: CRISOLOGO MUSEUM AND SEQUIA MANSION
- JUAN LUNA SHRINE
- PAOAY CHURCH
- ILOCOS MUSEUM,ST. WILLIAM CTAHEDRAL, SINKING BELL, HOTEL
- BISCOCHO, SALT MAKING
- CAPE BOJEADOR
- KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION
- BANGUI WINDMILL
- KABIGAN FALLS
- PATAPAT VIADUCT,PARAISO NI ANTON
- BLUE LAGOON, ZIPLINE
- LAST DAY IN ILOCOS, BACK TO MANILA