The start of the new year calls for a new set of travel goal!
We continue with our tour of the Ilocandia Region up north, this time in Burgos, where one will find a National Historical Landmark and Cultural Treasure - the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This active lighthouse stands atop a hill since 1892 during the Spanish regime. Reaching the top offers breathtaking views.
Travel back in time as you head south to Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The first stop: a former watchtower built in 1591, later turned into a church bell tower in the town of Bantay in 1857. Apart from its fascinating old structure that has stood the test of time, the Bantay Bell Tower, with its strategic hilltop location, lets you appreciate views of the towns of Bantay and Vigan.
The next stop of this Southern Ilocos tour lets you trace the life of one of the Philippines' honored artists: Juan Luna. Step into the restored ancestral home, the Juan Luna Shrine - a two-story structure that houses historical artifacts and antique items depicting the life of a bygone era.
A trip to this historical town is never without a stop at the famous Calle Crisologo, one of the most popular Hispanic towns in the country. From well-preserved Spanish colonial architectures to horse-drawn carriages that dot and traverse the cobblestone streets, this cultural gem is like history coming to life. The tourist hot spot is worthy of its induction into the World Heritage List along with its recently acclaimed title as one of the “New 7 Wonder Cities”.