Probably one of my favorite attractions in Vigan was The Syquia Mansion, the house of the sixth President of the Philippines, Elpidio Quirino. I thoroughly enjoyed the history of this mansion that I thought it deserved a separate post.
To be honest, I wouldn’t have enjoyed this mansion if it wasn’t for the knowledgeable caretaker guide who toured us around. I don’t know about you, but I tend to appreciate period houses even more whenever someone tells the story and significance of the memorabilia displayed. If you’re like me, ask for a someone to guide you around.
Why should you visit Vigan’s Syquia Mansion? Continue Reading
Photo by Ian James Grant
Truth is, Australia was never on top of my bucket list. I guess I was so engrossed with Europe that for the longest time, it was the only place I wanted to visit. But I’ve been there now, and even if I still want go back, I keep telling myself that the world is big, big place and that there are other beautiful places, majestic animals, and diverse cultures to see and some of them can only be found in Australia.
Australia is a land of great diversity of every kind — from animals to landscapes, history and culture. Australia should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. Continue Reading
Mena Crisologo is a Filipino politician, poet and writer.
One of his works, Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararawa, is often considered the Noli Me Tangere of the region.
Since he is well-loved and well-respected in Ilocos, he was named after the street that made Vigan City famous all over the world: Calle Crisologo. Continue Reading
“There’s not much to see or do in Vigan.” “What are you talking about? I had so much fun!”
I’ve always wanted to go to Ilocos ever since I was 8 or 9 years old. And maarte pa ako! I want to go there by road, not by plane if possible. But gathering a group of people to go on an 8-10 hour road trip is difficult, sometimes nearly impossible, that I really thought this goal of mine will never ever happen… until the government declared a 5-day holiday during the Papal Visit. For once, everyone was available to go. Continue Reading