Saturday, October 12, 2013

A Time Machine in the Philippines - Vigan's Calle Crisologo

Calle Crisologo - Vigan City by Schadow1 Expeditions
If there is a remaining village in the large island of Luzon that takes you  more than a hundred years back in time, there would only be one and that is Calle Crisologo. This 417-meter cobblestone street at the heart of Ilocos Sur's Vigan would take you back to the past as if you just rode a time machine.

Calle Crisologo is our first stop within our itinerary for our road trip to northern Luzon. Coming from Cavite, we have reached this heritage site after a 12-hour drive.

Arriving this heritage site seems like riding a DeLorean for 12 hours and heading back 200 years to the past... literally. The whole length of the street has been preserved as if you are there during the Spanish colonial era of the Philippines.

Calle Crisologo - Vigan City by Schadow1 Expeditions

The houses are used as business establishments, antique shops, and some are made as hostels. They are privately owned and the houses have been handed over for generations. The houses at this street have been preserved to maintain its Spanish architecture look and was even spared during the World War II by a Japanese soldier who had a love affair with a local.

Calle Crisologo - Vigan City by Schadow1 Expeditions

Chairs made of narra wood are available to the public for them to rest for while and seek shelter from the sun's scorching heat at noon; and it doubles itself as a photo booth for the tourists as well.

Calle Crisologo - Vigan City by Schadow1 Expeditions
Kalesa at Calle Crisologo

Kalesas (horse-drawn transport) are also available that boost the "blast to the past" look while you enjoy the view as you ride along the half-kilometer scenic preservation.

Calle Crisologo is a worthy stop at Ilocos and staying overnight indulge you to a romantic scenery and breeze of a preserved Filipino culture.

Calle Crisologo and Vigan City has been mapped by Schadow1 Expeditions and contributed to Philippine mapping consortia such as +OpenStreetMap Philippines and as part of our advocacy to ensure that a Filipino must not be a stranger to his own motherland.

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