ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 9 : CALLE CRISOLOGO; VIGAN DANCING FOUNTAIN
That was almost 6PM when left Pagburnayan. But It wasn’t dark yet when we arrived at Calle Crisologo. Our hotel is located right at this street- the Cordillera Inn. We were so tired at this time and we to refresh ourselves before going out for the Dancing Fountain and for our dinner. At this point we have to dismissed our tour guide for them to rest too.
The lobby of Cordillera Inn
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 taking 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 hotels, pension houses, souvenir shops, and restaurants. Many of the houses have those typical wooden benches in front where anyone can sit. For other travellers who would visit Ilocos, I suggest that you spend a night in Vigan for you to see the City at night.
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 adds more magic to the 18th century ambience 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 has been converted to a restaurant, like Café Leona, before or after their walk.
Kalesas, or horse-drawn carriages, are the only vehicles allowed on the street. Vigan is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. The major attraction of Vigan is its mestizo district which is filled with Spanish-style houses that evoke a bygone era when its people lived prosperously because of the Manila-Acapulco maritime trade.
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 half a thousand 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 traders who rose to prominence during that time of vigorous trading in abel cloth, indigo, gold, tobacco and other goods that were transported to Vigan from all over the North.
LEONA FLORENTINO HOUSE
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.
One of the Ancestral House found at Calle Crisologo is the Leona Florentino House located at the beginning of the historical and much-photographed Calle Crisologo. It sits 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 figure 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 best places to visit, things to buy and do, as well as how to get around. They’ll equip you with maps and brochures to arm you for your Vigan adventure.
The Statue of Leona Florentino in a small park across this Leona Florentino Ancestral 1797 House .This statue was erected to give 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. She is considered as the “mother of Philippine women’s literature” and the “bridge from oral to literary tradition”. Born to a wealthy and prominent family in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Florentino began to write her first verses in Ilocano at a young age. Despite her potential, she was not allowed to receive a university education because of her gender. Florentino was instead tutored by her mother, and then a series of private teachers. An educated Ilocano priest taught her advanced Spanish and encouraged her to develop her voice in poetry. Florentino married a politician named Elias de los Reyes at the age of 14. They had five children together. Their son Isabelo de los Reyes later became a Filipino writer, activist and senator. Due to the feminist nature of her writings, Florentino was shunned by her husband and son; she lived alone in exile and separately from her family. She died at the age of 35.(Wikipedia)
Another added attraction in the City of Vigan is their dancing fountain in the historical Plaza Salcedo. Plaza Salcedo an eliptical, 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 locales enjoys the fantastic dancing fountain and lazer 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 will fill this post with a lot of photos.
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:
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 1 : DIY ITINERARY
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 2 : FURNITURE EXHIBIT, GOING TO ILOCOS
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 3 : OUR TOUR GUIDE ,PAOAY SAND DUNES, 4×4,SAND BOARDING
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 4: MALACANANG OF THE NORTH
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 5 : BATAC ILOCOS, EMPANADA, MARCOS MUSEUM AND MAUSULEUM
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 6 :TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 7:BALUARTE
- ILOCOS, VIGAN , PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 8: SECRET GARDEN AND PAGBURNAYAN
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 9 : CALLE CRISOLOGO; VIGAN DANCING FOUNTAIN
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 10: CRISOLOGO MUSEUM AND SEQUIA MANSION
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 11: JUAN LUNA SHRINE
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 12: PAOAY CHURCH
- ILOCOS, VIGAN , PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 13: ILOCOS MUSEUM,ST. WILLIAM CTAHEDRAL, SINKING BELL, HOTEL
- ILOCOS, VIGAN , PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 14:BISCOCHO, SALT MAKING
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 15 :CAPE BOJEADOR
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 16: KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 17 : BANGUI WINDMILL
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 18 :KABIGAN FALLS
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 19:PATAPAT VIADUCT,PARAISO NI ANTON
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 20 : BLUE LAGOON, ZIPLINE
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 21:LAST DAY IN ILOCOS, BACK TO MANILA