A little bit of Spain in the Philippines: Mestizo district in Vigan 2

It has been 4 years since I visited Vigan, but this charming little UNESCO heritage site in the Philippines definitely deserves needs a blogpost.

Check out one of Philippine’s most colourful festivals: the Panagbenga!

Vigan has historically been one of the Spanish centres of Northern Luzon. While the commercial section of the city has nothing much to see, the historical mestizo district offers a lot of amazing sights to see.

calesa in vigan

Calesa is the horse-drawn carriage that can ply you anywhere in the city, and carries the same rate as the motorised tricycles.

The mestizo district of Vigan

The historic mestizo district of Vigan, where the architecture is still distinctly Spanish.

Shops in the mestizo district

Small shops line up on the mestizo district, selling everything from trinkets to t-shirts.

Mestizo district street lamps

Streetlamps line up the mestizo district at night.

Mestizo at night

Mestizo at night


Check out ‘the ruins’, the building they call the ‘Taj Mahal of the Philippines’!


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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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