UNESCO Marker - Vigan as declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Waking up in Laoag's Tiffany Hotel - we had our quick complementary breakfast consisting of some dried tapa and rice in Macy's Cafe. I was not really very happy with the breakfast though. We decided to drop by Vigan first before we continue on to Manila. We hadn’t bought any goods in Laoag that we want to bring back to Manila such as - Bagnet, Longanisa, Chichacorn and other Ilocos goodies. Since we already knew a store in Calle Crisologo that sells all the things we wanted to buy, we decided to buy in Vigan instead of Laoag.
It was another 2 hours bus ride from Laoag down to Vigan, then a tricycle ride from the bus station to the town center. We decided to stay near the Capitol Building first to take so last pictures of the building, the UNESCO marker and the plaza in front of the Capitol.
On the other side of the plaza is St. Paul Church. The house of Padre Burgos, a Filipino martyr hanged by Spaniards is actually at the back of the Capitol. His house has long been converted into a museum. However, it was closed when we were there.
Ilocos Sur Capitol Building
After that, we went back to Calle Crisilogo for the pasalubongs. Jen had the heaviest bayong (shopping native bag made of coconut leaves). Isabel bought a lot of Bagnet as requested by her mom. The bulk of my purchase was actually those bags of sweet potato chips.
We went back to the terminal, reserved four seats (one seat reserved for our bags and loots). Leaving Vigan, our bus passed through an arch with Spanish words saying "Vaya Con Dios", which translate to "Go with God".
It was a long 7 to 8 hours trip back to Manila. It was a lovely trip.