The Colours of Vigan

I’m sharing with you some of the activities we saw during the celebration of the Binatbatan Festival of the Arts held two weeks ago in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The Viva Vigan Heritage 15k Run held at the city streets was one of the festival’s highlights but there was more to running during the week-long activities. The trip to Baluarte theme park, unspoilt beaches at nearby Magsingal town, the stroll along Heritage Village and many more were among our undertakings during our short visit. One can easily move around Vigan on foot and while savoring the local food that were prepared by our hosts and sampling those cooked on the festival grounds, the delight of witnessing the locals prepare on their assigned activities is another amazing thing.

The grand parade was going to be one of the most anticipated entertainment and the preparations being made within Plaza Burgos, Quezon Avenue, Florentino Street and its adjoining alleys were abuzz with merry-making liveliness. Exhibits, trade/food fairs, religious rituals, Santacruzans and other presentations were in full swing but what caught my eyes were the colorful decorations of the carabao- (water buffalo) drawn carriages which were going to pull in different indigenous products that hallmarks the unique identity of the Biguenos. 

The people showed their artistic inclinitions that even the carabaos were not spared.

Hope you enjoy the pictures.:-)










Vigan Cathedral

Beach front which we all had to ourselves located at Magsingal, Ilocos Sur

Betty, wearing her Vigan Run shirt

The trail heading towards the beach

Enjoying the powdery sand

Taking a break at Crisologo Street

Gavin getting a tattoo

One of the many miniature horses at Baluarte

Congressman Chavit's unfinished mansion


The closest i could get to Cong. Chavit (and his tiger!)

The real mccoy!

Betty posing at the entrance