Located just before you enter Calle Crisologo from Plaza Burgos, Tongson’s
is dubbed as the home of the original Vigan royal bibingka
(glutinous rice cake). There are many other shops that sell their version of the delicacy, but locals still flock to Tongson’s
for their royal bibingka. A box of eight is sold at PhP85, while a pack of 16 is at PhP165. Tongson´s
pudding is also a local favorite, which is sold at PhP75 for eight pieces and PhP140 for 16 pieces.
The store also sells other Vigan pasalubong such as bagnet (deep-fried crispy pork belly), longganisa (Filipino-style sausage), chicha corn (crispy puffed white corn), taro chips, and dried miki (egg noodles). If you are looking for Ilocos vinegar, Tongson’s has it in different varieties as well: regular, spiced, and dark.
Tongson’s closes at around 6:00 PM, so if you want to buy Vigan Delicacies and Pasalubong, be sure to go there early in the day.
How to get there: You can ask any tricycle or kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) driver to take you to Tongson’s store for some Vigan pasalubong. If you have a private vehicle, the major street leading to Tongson’s is closed every weekend. You can ask locals where to buy pasalubong in Vigan or go directly to De Los Reyes St. parallel to Calle Crisologo, then turn left to Florentino Street. Tongson’s is at the corner of Crisologo and Florentino.