August 23, 2011
The most beautiful street in the Philippines can be found in Vigan -- Calle Crisologo.
It was restored to its pre-war beauty with its cobbled streets and old Spanish houses. It is the only town during World War II that was saved from destruction because of a love story.
Legend has it that a Japanese General, who married a Filipina in Vigan, promised the parish priest that he would save the town from destruction from the retreating Japanese if he would agree to take care of his family.
It is not only a preserved historical street like the ones in Intramuros, but it is full of life, especially during the Festival of the Arts.
Our Awesome Planet Vigan Series
- The Secret of Vigan's Bagnet, Okilas and Longganisa!
- Where is the best place to eat Empanada and Okoy in Vigan?
- Captivating Calle Crisologo in Vigan
Leona Florentino welcomes you to Calle Crisologo.
She is considered as the "mother of Philippine women's literature" and the "bridge from oral to literary tradition" (wikipedia)
In the Philippine Historical Committee 1958 marker, she is described as:
"Foremost Ilocano poetress,
subtle satirist and playwright. Born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur 19
April 1849. Daughter of Marcelino Florentino and Isabel Florentino and mother of the late Isabelo de los Reyes. Distant cousin of Rizal. A poet at the age of ten. Her
works in Spanish and Ilocano
were later exhibited in the
'Exposicion General de Filipinas', Madrid, 1887 and in the 'Exposition Internationale', Paris
1889. Her name with a list
of some of her works appeared in the 'Bibliotheque Internationale des Quevres des Femmes', edited by Madame Andzia Wolkska, 1889. Died 4 October 1884."
Abel Iloko weave is also another signature trademark of Vigan. Simple hand towels are made elegant because of the weave. Most Filipinos buy the table runners, hand towels and the blankets.
(Prices change depending on how well you negotiate. :) )
Lucy's Antique Shop
#14 Crisologo St., Heritage Village, Vigan City Ilocos Sur
Contact Person: Lucila C. Barba
Telephone: +63 917 5680051
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calle Crisologo Nights
Don't leave Vigan without experiencing Calle Crisologo at night!
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. I was sharing with Dr. Vasquez that I would love to recreate this midnight street feel in Manila. He also shared that he initially wanted to do an art and food street in Kapitolyo, where Cafe Juanita is located. Maybe one of these days we can bring this sort of ambiance to the streets of Manila...