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Vigan - spanish colonial style

I got invited by some of the local TB's (coffeefairy and jennethm) for a 5 day trip up north to see the old town of Vigan and the Pagudpud beaches (I love TB :-), it's great to do a trip with people who actually live in the country).

Pagudpud is supposed to be the Boracay of the north but it's far more quiet and low key. The beaches are great though, and it's a laid back place to do some sightseeing. Everybody was talking about the windmills here and I thought I was in for some 16th century Don Quixote style mills. No, it's the only place in the Philippines were there's a dozen of modern white electricity windmills lining the coast. Seen enough of those back home :D. There's some nice waterfalls and coastlines, nice if you wanna take it easy, and the trycicle rides are great (motorcyce sidecars).

Pagudpud - driving the tricycle
I had a go at riding one but it wasn't that easy as the gearbox was shot and the sidecar kept pushing the whole thing to the right, great fun to try though. 


Vigan is an old town where you can still see old Spanish architecture and some stone cobbled streets. We took a horse buggy to do some sightseeing. I had my 1st 'Balot' here, the duck embryo is quite OK, didn't feel the beak or feathers when I ate it :P. 


On the way back to the airpot we passed by Paoay, the oldest chruch of the Philippines is stil standing here, built in the local 'earthquake barok' it looks massive and resisted 400 years of earthquakes so I guess they got it right.

Marcos was born in this region and nearby you can visit his mausoleum. We were actually late Aand the place had already closed but the security guard was nice enough to open it up for the few 'admirers' who were late. The mausoleum is a small hall in the family's villa with Marcos embalmed body dressed up in a presidential outfit. The music and the low lights make it a bit creepy, he looks like a wax statue and a lot of people doubt that this is the real body. Imelda stays in the house across the  street when she visits.

yheleen says:
i love Vigan :) i miss the place..
Posted on: Jul 14, 2008
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Vigan - spanish colonial style
Vigan - spanish colonial style
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photo by: yelrish