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This Week in Vigan (September 05 to 11, 2016)

Vigan City celebrates UNESCO World Heritage Cities Solidarity Cultural Festival.

By: Zofia Leal | September 05, 2016
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Some streets will be closed to give way to a parade

On September 9, a parade called the Repazzo de Vigan will be held at 3:00 PM. Major streets such as Quezon and Liberation will be closed to vehicles. The parade which shows the way of life in Vigan from the Spanish occupation until the post-Japanese period will be participated by the locals from all 39 barangays of the city.


Vigan heritage sites take center stage this week

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Vigan City celebrates the UNESCO World Heritage Cities Solidarity Cultural Festival on September 4 to 10. (Photo from

Vigan City will celebrate the UNESCO World Heritage Cities Solidarity Cultural Festival from September 4 to 10, 2016. The World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day is celebrated by all cities around the world that have heritage sites every September 8. Vigan City’s celebration is aimed at preserving its 630 heritage structures that date back from the Spanish period.

On September 6, Historia Oral, a show about Vigan’s history and culture will be presented at Vigan Culture and Trade Center at 8:00 AM.

Competitions on dance, oration, and puppetry will be held on separate days as part of the festival.


Food festival and trade fair start on Monday

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Last year’s opening ceremony of the food and trade fair (Photo from official Facebook page of Vigan City)

The opening ceremonies for the Solidarity Festival Food and Trade Fair will be held at the Vigan Convention Center parking area on September 5 at 8:00 AM. The food and trade fair will feature local delicacies such as bagnet (deep fried crispy pork belly), longganisa (Filipino-style sausage), and bibingka (glutinous rice flour) and Ilocandia products such as woven mats, abel Iloco blankets, and wood furniture. Products from nearby provinces will also be available at the fair which will last until September 10.


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Photo from official Facebook page of Vigan City

As part of the UNESCO World Heritage Cities Solidarity Cultural Festival, presentations such as vocal chorus, duet, poetry reading and chanting will be held at Plaza Burgos on September 9 at 7:00 PM. On September 10, another cultural show will be held at Plaza Burgos as part of the culmination activities for the week-long festival.


Tourist spots are made more exciting with the ongoing festival.

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The St. Paul Cathedral at night

Since the week is filled with activities with a specific time, visitors can plan their tour based on the schedule of the festival. The dancing fountain show at Plaza Salcedo starts at 7:30 PM during weekdays and has a 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM show on weekends.


Rain and thunderstorm can be expected during the week.

A temperature of 30°C is expected for the majority of the week. Heavy rains might happen every morning with stray thunderstorms in the afternoons. Activities that are scheduled at Plaza Burgos during the week will be transferred to the Vigan Convention Center in case of heavy rains.
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About Zofia Leal
Zofia is from Quezon City and presently residing in Bantay, Ilocos Sur, the town near Vigan City. As an outsider who has adopted Bantay as her hometown, she feels like a perpetual tourist in the Ilocos region, always looking for places to go to and activities to do.
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