14 Facts About Vigan


Vigan, officially known as the City of Vigan, is a 4th class component city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

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The entire city of Vigan was later inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage City after being declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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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.

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Vigan was a coastal trading post long before the Spaniards arrived; Chinese traders sailing from the South China Sea came to Isla de Vigan via the Mestizo River that surrounded it.

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From Vigan, Salcedo rounded the tip of Luzon and proceeded to pacify Camarines, Albay, and Catanduanes.

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Vigan established a Spanish city for the purpose of controlling the neighboring country.

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Between 1645 and 1660, Vigan was divided into 21 Cabezas de Barrio as mentioned in the Libro de Casamiento ; from the records of the parish house of Vigan found in its archives.

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In 1999, Vigan was listed by UNESCO as the best preserved example of Spanish colonial towns in Asia.

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Vigan is situated in the northern part of Luzon, the Philippines' largest island.

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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.

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An important non-metallic mineral resource found in Vigan is the kind of clay that is used in making earthen jars locally called burnay.

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Vigan is situated in a Quaternary Age sedimentary plain called the Vigan-Bantay Plain which is part of the Ilocos coastal plain.

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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.

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Vigan City is well-served by a network of roads and a major highway that connects to Manila North Road, the highway leading to Manila and the rest of the country.

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