No. I won’t be the 10,000th, or the 20,000th, or the 30,000th or so tourist who will enthusiastically rave or shout out his tour of Vigan City, particularly the Nema Crisologo Street (also dubbed as the Mestizo District) and branded as Vigan Heritage Village by the UNESCO in December, 1999 because of its Spanish colonial past.
I don’t want this blog entry to be among the countless write-ups or stories that was been written or has been published in print or online about Vigan per se. The objective of this blog entry is to share some of Vigan City’s minute facts that I’ve found profoundly interesting to my liking during a dispatch.
So, come and join me in a series of blog entries in the coming days as I share some of the not-so-talked-about historical details of Vigan City entitled “Little Jewels of Vigan City”.
Well, to spice things up and to stir around some curiosity, here’s an introductory trivia. The name Vigan was derived from a giant taro plant “biga” that grew along the riverbanks of Mestizo River and it was Juan de Salcedo, a Spanish conquistador during the Spanish conquest in the 16th century in the Ilocos region, who derived the name Vigan.