Wish I was wearing the baro't saya

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Calle Crisologo


There is something with Vigan that I find surreal, but at the same time I feel at home.
Vigan feels so familiar..

Perhaps it's because this is not my first time to be here. Although when I went here more than a decade ago, it was just very brief, I think just a few hours, not even enough to see how the Spanish colonial town was.

Perhaps it's the place we stayed at --Villa Angela Heritage house, which made me feel like I was just having a vacation in our own ancestral house in my province in Nueva Ecija.

Perhaps it's the walking around the streets, both the cobbledstone streets in Calle Crisologo as well as the ordinary streets, the plaza, and eating of streetfoods, which I enjoyed a lot, especially the interaction with the warm people around.

Bantay belfry
I could not help but smile and admire the happy faces of the people around which shows how living life can be just simple and yet fulfilling.

Perhaps it's the videoke, where I sang my heart out, not caring if I was out of tune. I will never forget how I got a standing ovation from the staff and other guests in Cafe Leona when I finished singing "Mula Sa Puso", a popular Filipino song which means "From the Heart".

Perhaps it's the calesa ride around the streets. After 28 years, I finally had my first calesa ride and it felt so nice to wander around the town imagining how it felt like if I lived back in the 16th century time during the Spanish era, back when things were more simple, where women were treated with respect, where most men still knew chivalry, loyalty and honor.

Vigan was surely a memorable trip for me, as for some time, I felt like I was living a different life.

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Baro't saya - traditional costume of the Philippines for ladies during the Spanish colonization era

 

iamkayanbh says:
Wish I were there!!! I'd bring the baro't saya if you bring me there. deal?
Posted on: Jul 12, 2008
ted332 says:
kala ko I wish I was wearing bra at saya... hehe he he!
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
blurbmoi says:
I still have not been to this place, would you believe it? It's definitely on top of my list. Great pics!
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
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Cafe Leona
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he sings really..uhm..good :P
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i scored a 99! hehehe :P
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my first calesa ride
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