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City of Vigan
Spanish colonial architecture of Vigan
Spanish colonial architecture of Vigan
Flag of Vigan
Official seal of Vigan
Motto: Viva Vigan!
Location in the province of Ilocos Sur
Location in the province of Ilocos Sur
Vigan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°34′N 120°23′E / 17.567°N 120.383°E / 17.567; 120.383Coordinates: 17°34′N 120°23′E / 17.567°N 120.383°E / 17.567; 120.383
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 1st District of Ilocos Sur
Established 1572
Cityhood January 22, 2001
Barangays 39
 • Mayor Eva Marie Singson-Medina
 • Land 25.12 km2 (9.70 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 49,747
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2700
Dialing code 77
Official name Historic Town of Vigan
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Designated 1999 (23rd session)
Reference no. 502
Region Asia-Pacific

Vigan, officially the City of Vigan (Ilocano: Ciudad ti Bigan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Vigan) is a fourth class city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2010 Philippines census, it has a population of 49,747 people.[3]

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. In May 2015, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Beirut, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz.[4]

New7Wonders Foundation president and founding member Bernard Weber led a ceremony held at St. Paul Cathedral where he handed a bronze plaque to Vigan Mayor Eva Grace Singson-Medina, signifying the heritage city’s election as one of the world’s wonder cities.[5]

Former Philippine president Elpidio Quirino, the sixth president of the Philippines, was born in Vigan, at the former location of the Provincial Jail (his father was a warden); and resided in the Syquia Mansion. The city is also one of the only two members, the other being the town of Miag-ao in Iloilo, of the UNESCO World Heritage Cities located in the Philippines.


The area of Vigan was originally a settlement of traders coming from the Fujian Province, China. At the time of Spanish colonisation, the Chinese settlers, whose language was Southern Fujianese (Min Nan, often referred to as "Hokkien" by most Filipinos), referred to the area as Bee Gan (Chinese: 美岸; pinyin: Měi'àn), which means "Beautiful Shore." Since the Spanish conquistadors interchanged V and the B to refer to the /b/ sound, they spelled the Hokkien Chinese name "Bee Gan" as Vigan, which is the name used to this day.

Vigan's Chinese heritage is still evident from the numerous elite Chinese creole families who come from the area, many of whom adopted Hispanic family names. Others, such as the Syquia family, have retained Chinese-derived surnames, though most, if not all, of the Christian Chinese creole families fully Hispanicised themselves culturally.

The most commonly known source of the city's name is from the Biga'a plant, which once grew abundantly along the banks of the Mestizo River, from which captain Juan de Salcedo derived the city's name (after a misunderstanding with the locals, thinking he was asking the name of the plants).

Other names

The city's full name at the time of its Spanish foundation was Villa Fernandina, or "Town of Ferdinand", in honor of Prince Ferdinand, the firstborn son of King Philip II of Spain. As the city grew, and the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia transferred to Vigan, it was later renamed Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan ("Ferdinand's City of Vigan").


Due to silting of the Mestizo River, Vigan City is no longer an island, therefore no longer separated from the mainland. The city is unique in the Philippines because it is one of many extensive surviving Philippine historic cities, dating back to the 16th century.

Vigan was a coastal trading post long before the Spaniards arrived; Chinese traders sailing from the South China Sea came to Isla de Vigan (Island of Vigan) via the Mestizo River that surrounded it. On board their ships were seafaring merchants who came to trade goods from other Asian kingdoms in exchange for gold, beeswax, and other mountain products brought by the indigenous peoples from the Cordillera region.

In the book The Philippine Island (Vol. III, p. 276, Blair and Robertson) two letters from Governor-General Guido de Lavezaris to King Philip II of Spain mention: "It seemed best to send Captain Juan de Salcedo with 70 or 80 soldiers to explore the coast of Los Ilocanos on the shores of the river called Bigan." The Spaniards led by Salcedo marched north from Manila on May 20, 1572. They arrived in Vigan on June 13, 1572.[6]

Thus, after the successful expedition and the exploration of the North, Juan de Salcedo founded "Villa Fernandina de Vigan" in honor of King Philip II’s son, Prince Ferdinand, who died at the age of four. From Vigan, Salcedo rounded the tip of Luzón and proceeded to pacify Camarines, Albay, and Catanduanes. As a reward for his services to the King of Spain, Salcedo was awarded the old province of Ilocos, which consisted of the modern provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, La Union and part of Mountain Province as his hacienda (estate), and was accorded the title of Justicia Mayor de esta Provincia de Ylocos (Province Mayor of Ilocos).

In 1574, Salcedo returned to the capital of his encomienda (trusteeship), Vigan, bringing with him his soldiers and some Augustinian missionaries to pioneer the evangelization of the Ilocos region. He established a Spanish city for the purpose of controlling the neighboring country.

Governor General Gómez Pérez Dasmariñas, in his account of encomienda dated in Manila on May 31, 1591, states: "The town of Vigan called Villa Fernandina consisted of Spanish settlers; a priest; a Justice Alcalde Mayor (Governor); and a Deputy. The King collects 800 tributes (equivalent to 3,200 subjects)." During this period, Vigan was composed of 19 barrios (districts).

Between 1645 to 1660, Vigan was divided into 21 Cabezas de Barrio (Town Mayors) as mentioned in the Libro de Casamiento (Book of Marriage); from the records of the parish house of Vigan found in its archives. Separated from the indigenous population, the Chinese migrants were residents in a neighbourhood called El Pariancillo, los Sangleyes del parian (The Sangleyes of the Parian); and the Spanish settlers were residents in a town called Los Españoles de la Villa (The Town Spaniards).

During the Philippine Revolution, revolutionary forces under Manuel Tinio, supported by the Ilocano rebels, attacked and defeated the Spanish colonial forces and captured the city in the Siege of Vigan. During the Philippine-American War, American forces led by Commander McCracken and Lt. Col. James Parker occupied the town in Nov. 1899.

At the start of World War II, Vigan was one of the first places in the Philippines invaded by Japan on 10 December 1941. In 1945, combined U.S. and Philippine Commonwealth ground troops, aided by Ilocano resistance fighters, defeated the Japanese Imperial forces and liberated Vigan.

In 1999, Vigan was listed by UNESCO as the best preserved example of Spanish colonial towns in Asia. Its architecture is the conglomeration of cultural elements from the Philippines, China, and Spain, making it unique in the world.

On December 7, 2014, Vigan was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities.


Vigan can be found 120 23’ 15’’ east longitude and 17 34’ 30’’ north latitude. It is situated in the northern part of Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island. It serves as the capital of Ilocos Sur and has been a major political and trading center since before the Spanish colonizers arrived in the Philippines.

Its favorable geographical features and location continues to make it a very accessible center. It is 407 kilometres (253 mi) away from Manila, 82 kilometres (51 mi) away from Laoag City, and 138 kilometres (86 mi) away from San Fernando, La Union, the regional capital.


Vigan coast

Its 2,511 hectares of land consists mostly of plains with gentle hills. Its boundaries on the north, east, south, and west are the municipalities of Bantay, Santa, Caoayan, and Sta. Catalina, respectively. The South China Sea is on its southwest portion.

Majority of its land, 60 percent of it, is used for agriculture. Around 32 percent is made up of residential area, nearly three percent are for commercial and industrial use, and around one percent is for institutional purposes. There are also forest reserves and fishponds included in Vigan’s land area.

Vigan is made up of 39 barangays. Thirty of them are classified as rural, but they occupy only 23.66 hectares. The remaining nine are classified as poblacion barangays and are together 144.75 hectares big.

The barangays of Pagburnayan, Paoa, and Tamag are on the area of rolling plains. On the other hand, portions of Barangays Tamag and the barangays of Bulala and Salindeg are found on the city's hilly parts.

Its most dominant hill feature is the Vigan Gap Hill in the eastern part, just 10 kilometers away from the city. Vigan used to be separated from the rest of the mainland by the rivers of Abra, Mestizo and Govantes, making it an island during that time. The Govantes River cuts the current Vigan plain from North to South.

The large Abra and Mestizo rivers, together with the rivers of Bantay, Bantaoay, Nauman and Santo Tomas serve as part of a network that drain the Vigan plains. These rivers are not only important in safekeeping the city from floods, they also served as important ways of transport for trade-related activities from the 15th century to the 19th century, that helped make Vigan a thriving center. The most vital of these rivers is said to be the Mestizo River which was used by the small vessels to transport goods and people.

There is a faulting trend in the Vigan plain that ends in Santa Catalina.

Soil type[edit]

The land area of Vigan is generally flat. Slopes of 20 are found at Brgy. V, Tamag, and Paoa. There are no forest reserves in the city in terms of potential and raw materials. Bamboo is the only forest product in Vigan.

There are five soil types in the city. First, the Bantay Loam, located at the southern portion of Raois, has a land area of 36.67 hectares, and is good as pastureland. The second, Umingan sandy, with a land area of 1191.57 hectares, is good for upland rice and vegetables. The third, San Manuel clay loam, which is best for bananas, cotton and vegetables, has an area of 1244.57 hectares. The fourth, Bantog clay—considered as the most significant type for soil, and the best clay material for making pots, jars and all earthenware, has a land area of 31.65 hectares. The fifth, beach sand, with a land area of 7.28 hectares, is generally found on the shores of all the beaches of Vigan, and is best for coconut plantation.


Vigan City is subdivided into 39 barrios or barangays.[2]

The Barangay map of the City of Vigan
  • Ayusan Norte
  • Ayusan Sur
  • Barangay I (Poblacion)
  • Barangay II (Poblacion)
  • Barangay III (Poblacion)
  • Barangay IV (Poblacion)
  • Barangay V (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VI (Poblacion)
  • Barangay VII
  • Barangay VIII
  • Barangay IX
  • Barraca
  • Beddeng Daya
  • Beddeng Laud
  • Bongtolan
  • Bulala
  • Cabalangegan
  • Cabaroan Daya
  • Cabaroan Laud
  • Camangaan
  • Capangpangan
  • Mindoro
  • Nagsangalan
  • Pantay Daya
  • Pantay Fatima
  • Pantay Laud
  • Paoa
  • Paratong
  • Pong-ol
  • Purok-a-bassit
  • Purok-a-dackel
  • Raois
  • Rugsuanan
  • Salindeg
  • San Jose
  • San Julian Norte
  • San Julian Sur
  • San Pedro
  • Tamag

Urban structures[edit]

Saint Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral
Saint Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral
Ilocos Sur Capitol
Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol
Calle Crisologo
Calle Crisologo

When Juan de Salcedo founded Vigan in 1572, he decided to pattern its urban plan with that of Intramuros, the walled city in Manila.

The urban planners of the Spanish government also followed a basic pattern that can be observed in most old towns in the country, whose establishment dates back to the Spanish colonial period. This pattern is detailed in the Ley de las Indias, the Law of the Indies, and was put into force in the 18th century. Under the Law of the Indies streets were to follow a grid pattern, the center of which being a plaza or central park.

In Vigan, the central park is the Plaza Salcedo. Next to it are the administrative buildings—the Casa Real or provincial administrative office, and the municipio (municipal hall). A stone's throw away are the religious buildings—the seminary of the archdiocese, the Arzobispado (Archbishop's Palace), and the St. Paul's Cathedral. Beside these religious structures is the church-run school, the Saint Paul College, known in its early days as the Colegio de Niñas. (It is currently being occupied by a retail store chain.)

A unique thing is the existence of another plaza, the Plaza Burgos, which is immediately beside the St. Paul's Cathedral. After the first tier emanating from Plaza Salcedo are the houses of prominent residents that now make up the preserved heritage houses of Vigan. This urban plan remained relatively intact despite wars and natural calamities that have been endured by Vigan since its foundation.

The major changes to the original urban landscape were caused by fires. The Casa Real was replaced with a provincial capitol building during the American period when the original structure burned down. The archdiocese seminary was also destroyed by fire in 1968, and it lay in ruins until the late 1990s, when part of a shopping mall was built on the site.

The residential areas were not spared. Some of the houses on Crisologo Street were casualties of fire during the Japanese period; several houses on Quezon Avenue were destroyed by fire as well in 1952; while in 1971, some houses near Plaza Burgos burned down as well. The houses along Crisologo Street that were burned were later reconstructed faithfully following the architecture of the former structures.

Presently, there are other major areas of activities other than the two plazas, though these are still where most recreation and shopping are done. One may also go to the southern part of the city to reach the commercial area and public market. The current Public Market is a new one, as the old one (formerly the Imelda Socio-Commercial Complex), on the same site, was (also) destroyed by fire. The very first Public Market, found in the center of the business district, is now the site of new commercial buildings and the site of a tricycle-for-hire terminal.

Geologic base and mineral resources[edit]

The sedimentary and metamorphic rocks that are present in the city are alluvium, fluviatille, lacuatine, pludal and beach deposits such as coral, stools, and beach rock. These are predominantly found along the coastal areas of Vigan. An important non-metallic mineral resource found in Vigan is the kind of clay that is used in making earthen jars locally called burnay. Earthenware of different uses and sizes are made of this kind of clay. Known as Bantog clay, the mineral is the basic material in making bricks. These bricks are the original materials in building the cool Hispanic houses of Vigan.

Unique environment[edit]

Vigan is a unique environment in both its natural and man-made features. It is traversed by two river systems, namely the Govantes and Mestizo Rivers. Its tributaries flow into the Pangada River in Sta. Catalina, Caoayan River in Caoayan, Buquig River in Bantay, and Bantaoay River in San Vicente.

Unlike other municipalities with towering mountains, Vigan is mostly plains with gently rising hills on the southern portion. Most of its lands outside of the urban center or poblacion are devoted to agriculture. The coastal plains found along the western side of the city bounded by the South China Sea are predominantly settled with Mindoro Beach as its location.


Vigan is situated in a Quarterly Age sedimentary plain called the Vigan-Bantay Plain which is part of the Ilocos coastal plain. The Vigan-Bantay Plain is bounded on the east by a moderately rugged Miocene sediments consisting of interbedded sandstones and shale to very rugged Meta-volcanics and Meta sediment topography; on the south is the Municipality of Santa where the north-south trending fault terminates; to the west is the South China Sea; while the northern boundary opens to the northern extension of the Ilocos coastal plain.

The central part of the plain is characterized by a dissected ridge of Plio-Pleistocene age that trends in a northeast-southwest direction. The ridge divides the Vigan-Bantay Plain into northern and southern plains.

The northern part of the plain is drained by minor rivers namely: Bantaoay, Santo Tomas, and Nauman rivers, while the Abra River is the main drainage network of the southern portion of the plain. The Abra River meanders into the hinterland but exhibits a braided pattern across the plain.

The drainage network of the eastern margin of Vigan-Bantay plain consist of deeply cut valleys whose pattern is strongly controlled by main faulting trends, particularly those in the northerly and easterly directions.

Vigan is being drained by the Vigan River and Bantay River, respectively, on the north and on the south by Mestizo River whose water discharge comes from the Bantaoay head waters.

The relief of the Vigan-Bantay plain is actively level to undulating with a slope ranging from 0% to 8%. Vigan in particular is generally in level with several hills in Barangays Tamag, Bulala, and Salindeg, sometimes reaching about 50 meters in elevation and has a slope ranging from 3% to 8%.

The eastern margin of the plain characterized by a steep to very steep slope, about 40% to 60%, the relief often reaches an elevation of more that 600 meters especially the northerly and easterly portion.

The dominant topographic feature in the eastern margin of the town is the Vigan Gap Hill where the continuously shifting Vigan River cuts its way. The Gap Hill is located approximately 10 kilometers east of Vigan.

Weather and climate[edit]

The city of Vigan falls under the first climate type in the Philippines which is characterized by two pronounced seasons—the dry season which starts from the month of November and ends in April; and the wet season which spans the months of May to October. The average annual rainfall is 190.683 mm. and the heaviest registered rainfall is 693. 3 mm.

The average temperature is 26 °C. The average warmest temperature is 30.9 °C and the average coldest temperature is 21.1 °C. An average of 7-10 typhoons visit Vigan annually. The average relative humidity is 81%.

Climate data for Vigan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Daily mean °C (°F) 25
Average low °C (°F) 21
Average rainfall mm (inches) 1
Average rainy days 2 2 2 4 13 16 20 21 16 11 5 2 114
Mean daily sunshine hours 11.6 12 12.4 12.9 13.3 13.6 13.5 13.1 12.6 12.1 11.7 11.5 12.52
Source #1: World Weather Online[7]
Source #2: Weatherbase [8]


Population census of
Vigan City
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 38,574 —    
1995 42,067 +1.64%
2000 45,143 +1.52%
2007 47,246 +0.63%
2010 49,747 +1.89%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][9]


Kalesa, one of the modes of transportation in Vigan

Metro transport[edit]

Modes of transport within the city are purely land-based. Vehicles for public use include jeepneys, tricycles, vans-for-hire (or PUVs/public utility vehicles) and calesas (horse-drawn vehicles). Buses, mini-buses and jeepneys provide transportation to and from Vigan. The metro Vigan transport system is mostly served by tricycles, which are color- and number-coded to identify their municipality of origin.

Land transportation[edit]

Vigan City is well-served by a network of roads and a major highway that connects to Maharlika Highway and Manila North Road, two highways leading to Manila and the rest of the country. Bus companies such as Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, Partas, and Aniceto/St. Joseph operate terminals in Vigan. Bus companies such as Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Florida, Maria de Leon, and Fariñas pass by Vigan on their way to Laoag. GMW Florida Transport operates a terminal at the entrance to Vigan. They operate direct and/or indirect bus services from Vigan City to points in Luzon, mostly to Manila, Baguio, and Laoag and vice versa.

Air transportation[edit]

A secondary airport called Mindoro Airport (also known as Vigan Airport) is located at Brgy. Mindoro. It has one asphalted runway, 900 meters long and 30 meters wide. The airport was once a sleeping asset of the city for it does not generate revenue, with only chartered and private planes using it; it is currently being upgraded and is on its way toward commercialization, to attract tourists and to lighten the burden of traveling to Vigan from Manila and most parts of the Philippines.

Tourist activities[edit]


Vigan City Fiesta / Longganisa Festival[edit]

The Bigueños celebrate the Longganisa Festival every January 22 in accordance to the cityhood of Vigan. With a colorful street dancing competition along the Calle Crisologo, this festival features one of city's products, the very well-known Vigan Longganisa. On the 25th, Vigan celebrates its town fiesta in honor to its patron saint, Saint Paul.

Viva Vigan! 'Binatbatan' Festival of the Arts[edit]

Every first week of May, Vigan plays host to visitors for this festival featuring painting and product exhibits, a Calesa parade, and other cultural activities.

Semana Santa[edit]

St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral is the venue of religious rites during the Holy Week. The Good Friday procession features decorated carrozas bearing life-size statues of Spanish vintage. On Easter Sunday, the dawn celebration depicting the Resurrection of Christ, called "Sabet", is a scene to behold.

Raniag Festival[edit]

A Halloween celebration wherein there are colorful and lighted floats paraded around the city.

Points of interest[edit]

Plaza Salcedo
A house featuring Spanish colonial architecture in Vigan
Plaza Burgos
Old Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail Museum
Jar making at Pagburnayan
  • Calle Crisologo - It is what Vigan City is known for—streets lined with Spanish Era ancestral houses (with ancient tile roofs, massive hardwood floorings, balustrades and azoteas in varying Spanish, Mexican, and Chinese architectural styles) and cobble-stoned streets, which led to Vigan's inscription in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tourists can buy souvenirs or even ride a calesa (horse-drawn buggy). This street is also known as Vigan Heritage Village.
  • Vigan Cathedral - The city's major church built in the Earthquake Baroque style (with the belltower built separately to prevent it toppling over the church). The seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. Burial place of the great Ilocano poet Leona Florentino. It also houses the replica of the Miraculous Santo Cristo Milagroso (the original being in Sinait, Ilocos Sur).
  • Archbishop's Residence - Located next to the Vigan Cathedral, The Archbishop's Palace of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia is the oldest continually inhabited Archbishop's residence in the Philippines, with the building itself dating to the 16th century. It was completed in 1793 after a span of 7 years. It features sliding capiz windows and cut-out decorations with floral motifs. It has a back entrance that leads to the nearby Govantes Dike. The palace has a collection of priceless ecclesiastical artifacts and relics from other Ilocos churches.
  • Govantes Dike - a body of water connected to the Archbishop's Palace which was once a docking port for water craft. It is currently a place for boating, similar to the lake in Burnham Park in Baguio.
  • Philippine National Museum - VIGAN - Located almost behind the Provincial Capitol, composed of the former Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail (birthplace of Philippine President Elpidio Quirino) and the birthplace of Father Jose Burgos, one of the three martyred Filipino priests at Bagumbayan (GOMBURZA), for which it is also known. It also houses Ilocano artifacts and ethnic arts of the Tinggians.
  • Plaza Burgos - dedicated to the memory of Father Jose Burgos. Located beside the Vigan Cathedral. Depending on the weather, the streets surrounding it (except for the street adjacent to the Empanadaan) is closed off to motorized traffic every Saturday and Sunday to allow people to walk the streets freely. It is a popular skateboarding venue among the locals.
  • Vigan Empanadaan - a reserved location where visitors can sample Vigan's famous empanada (a type of turnover with Spanish origins); as well as sinanglao (traditional hotpot made of beef innards). Located at the eastern part of Plaza Burgos.
  • Hotel Luna - Dubbed as the 'First and Only Museum Hotel' in the Philippines.
  • Baluarte - a zoo located in Salindeg where visitors can see a variety of animals (including tigers and ostriches). It is also a popular venue for special events such as seminars and conferences. The Baluarte is owned by former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson.
  • Pagburnayan - a barangay at the southwestern end of Liberation Boulevard in Vigan, where the famous Ilocano jar called burnay, used for storing locally made vinegar, local wine (called basi), and fish sauce (bagoong); and as decorative ware, is produced. Tourists can see these factories making the burnay using pre-historic methods of production, using carabaos (water buffalos) to knead the clay, and foot-powered potter's wheels to turn the clay into burnay jars.
  • Barangay Pagpartian - where the great conquistador Juan de Salcedo landed when he arrived in Vigan through the Mestizo River. Also the site of the city slaughterhouse, built during the Spanish Era (for which the barangay is named for).
  • Hidden Garden - Located in Bulala (a barrio known for its making of bricks, pots, and other objects made of clay), it is a wonderland of greenery, with a mini-snack bar nestled somewhere in the middle.
  • Quezon Avenue - the business center of Vigan.
  • Vigan Public Market - where visitors can purchase delicacies like Vigan Longanisa (native pork sausages) and bagnet (deep-fried crispy pork); and Ilocano handwoven abel cloth.
  • Plaza Salcedo - dedicated to the memory of the great conquistador Juan de Salcedo. It is also the site of Gabriela Silang's public hanging in 1763. Located in front of the Vigan Cathedral.
    • Vigan Dancing Fountain - Located at the Plaza Salcedo Lagoon, this Korean-engineered attraction is the first of its kind in the country, and rivals the Bellagio Water Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Syquia Mansion - the Vigan residence of Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines.
  • Crisologo Museum - the residence of the Crisologo family in Vigan converted into a museum. It houses the memorabilia of the Crisologos and original furnishings of a typical Vigan ancestral house.
  • Quema House - the residence of the Quema family, considered by sociologist Fernando Zialcita as most representative of 18th-century Philippine architectural style.
  • Mindoro Beach - the only seaside location in the city, just adjacent to the Vigan Airport.
  • Simbaan A Bassit - This cemetery chapel found at the southern end of Quezon Avenue has a Bell-gable design, the only one of its kind in the Ilocos Region. The chapel's name is an Ilocano term meaning "small church."

Major schools based in Vigan[edit]

  • University of Northern Philippines — in Barangay Tamag, is the oldest state university in Northern Luzon. It was founded by virtue of Republic Act 4449, authored by Congressman Floro Crisologo.
  • Divine Word College of Vigan (formerly known as the Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepción) — the second oldest privately funded school in Ilocos Sur, founded by priests belonging to the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).
  • Macro Colleges Inc. — the first computer college in the province, having evolved from being a shop that offered computer-based services. The school is currently located at Rondaris Building.
  • Ilocos Sur National High School - ISNHS — the major national high school in the province.
  • Lyceum de Ylocos — is a new school offering Technical-Vocational courses and is a registered Senior High School offering various Tracks that include ABM, GAS, HUMSS and TLE-Technical-Vocational Courses. Situated at the heart of the Heritage City, 3F Vigan Landmark Building, Brgy. VIII.

Communications and mass media[edit]

Vigan City is home to three AM and three FM radio stations. However, Bantay town, part of metro Vigan, is the official address of the cable provider Eagle Vision which is the home of such cable channels as UPS-18, CORE TV, and Iluko Heritage Channel. ABS-CBN Vigan holds their office address in Bantay. The city is the home of some of the local print publications in the province, notably Timek ti Amianan, published by the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

TV stations[edit]

  • UNTV Life
  • ABS-CBN: Channel 11 (Via Laoag)
  • PTV: Channel 4
  • TV5: Channel 32
  • GMA Network: Channel 38 (formerly Channel 48) (Via Ilocos)
  • ABS-CBN Sports and Action: Channel 34
  • Sonshine Media Network International: Channel 30
  • RPN (CNN Philippines): Channel 12

Cable providers and local cable stations[edit]

Cable providers
  • Vigan Satellite
  • Eagle Vision CATV Systems
Local cable stations
  • TVigan Channel 9
  • People's Television (PTV4)
  • UPS-18
  • Iluko Heritage Channel (IHC)
  • Around Ilocandia Channel (AIC)

FM radio stations[edit]

  • 89.7 DZXY iFM, owned by Radio Mindanao Network
  • 94.1 DWVN Magik FM, located in Vigan, owned by the Century Broadcasting Network
  • 94.9 DWVG THunder FM, owned by Unified Airwaves Network
  • 95.7 DZFV Flazh FM, owned by Countryside Radio Group
  • 96.5 DWGA Radyo Iloko, owned by Lokal Radio Broadcast Service
  • 97.3 DWXV Astig FM, owned by PrimeCities Broadcasting Group
  • 98.9 DWIS J FM (although is based in Bantay), owned by the Southern Broadcasting Network
  • 99.7 DWRA Core FM
  • 100.5 DWNP UNP Campus Radio — billed as the only education-oriented radio station in Ilocos Sur, it is owned and operated by the University of Northern Philippines.
  • 101.3 DWNN NewsFM. owned by Unified Airwaves Network
  • 101.7 DWTG Hot FM, owned by Manila Broadcasting Company
  • 102.5 DZVI Radyo5 News FM, owned by the Nation Broadcasting Corporation
  • 107.3 DWIX Energy FM, owned by Ultrasonic Broadcasting Systems

AM radio stations[edit]

  • DWRS — Commando Radio, founded as part of the Solidnorth Broadcasting System, located in Tamag since its incorporation in the 1980s. It is now a part of Radio Mindanao Network.
  • DZVV — owned by Consolidated Broadcasting System, which is part of Bombo Radyo Philippines Network. "VV" means "Voice of Vigan." It was once on the current site of a private school but has transferred along with its radio mast (formerly at the banks of the Govantes River, near its boundary with Bantay) to Tamag.
  • DZNS — owned by the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, part of the Catholic Media Network, located in Pantay Daya. "NS" means "New Sound" and "Nueva Segovia."
  • DZXE — "Radyo Tirador," owned by Fairwaves Broadcasting Network, currently off-air; located a few meters from the gate of Northern Tobacco Redrying Plant in Mira Hills. A former affiliate station of ABS-CBN's DZMM AM radio station.
  • DZTA - "Tagrng it Amianan" owned by the Countryside Radio Group is a part of Audiovisual Communicators, Inc.

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