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5 Indoor Cultural Spots to Visit in Ilocos

Make the most of your Ilocos trip!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | June 22, 2021

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Indoor Cultural Spots in Ilocos
Image: Museo ni Juan at Antonio Luna - National Historical Commission of the Philippines Official Website

The Philippine weather can go from sunny to rainy in a snap, and it may affect your leisure travel in any way. But don’t let weather conditions hold you back because, rain or shine, these cultural attractions in Ilocos Region make the most of your leisure trip.

So, no matter what the weather is, bring your own sunshine by visiting these five indoor cultural spots in Ilocos!


1. Juan and Antonio Luna Shrine

Location: Jose Rizal Street corner Juan Luna Street, Barangay 2, Badoc, Ilocos Norte
Operating hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Entrance fee: None


Ilocos, attractions

The museum houses antique household items and vintage collections.

Image: Museo ni Juan at Antonio Luna - National Historical Commission of the Philippines Official Website

The Luna brothers helped tremendously in shaping the Philippines’ history. They played a vital role in the fight for Philippine independence during Spanish colonial. If you’re curious about their life, the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum is worthy of a visit.

The museum has six galleries: Life and Career of Juan Luna, Juan’s Studio in Paris, Life and Career of Antonio Luna, The Luna Home in the 19th Century, Antonio’s Letter to Conchita Castillo, and Trench Warfare. Each of the galleries features preserved memorabilia that the two heroes have used during significant times in their lives.



2. Padre Burgos House

Location: Burgos St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Operating hours:
Monday to Friday; 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Saturday to Sunday, Holiday (By appointment)


museum

The Padre Burgos House is located within the National Museum Ilocos Regional Museum Complex.


Padre Burgos Houd is a museum filled with the rich history of Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum is the ancestral house and birthplace of its namesake, Fr. Jose Burgos—a Roman Catholic priest who stood up for the reform of Spanish ruling in the Philippines. Visitors can see the collections of old books, historical records, liturgical collections, antique furniture, oil paintings, dioramas, and ceramics during the 1800s. Along with these collections, the house also features various Ilocano artifacts like pag-ablan (wooden loom), gansa (brass gong), kalasag (shield), and more Iloco-Kankanay-Itneg material culture.


3. Vigan Cathedral

Location: Burgos St. 2700, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Mass Schedules:
Monday to Friday; 6:00AM and 5:15PM
Saturday; 6:00AM and 5:00PM
Sunday; 6:00AM, 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 3:30PM, and 5:00PM
Entrance fee: None


Shrine, cathedral

The Vigan Cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 1999.

Images: Vigan Cathedral Facebook Page

The Vigan Cathedral is one of the major religious landmarks you can find in Northern Luzon. The church is popular for its Baroque, which means irregularly shaped, style architecture made to withstand earthquakes. However, what makes the Vigan Cathedral a religious landmark are its embellishments: the silver-paneled main altars, three naves, and brass handrails. Not only do these features become the church’s historical element, but they also give an elegant touch to the church’s interior.


4. Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Location: Brgy. Pagburnayan, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday; 7:00AM to 6:00PM
Entrance fee: Free


national museum, exhibits

Different styles of clay pots can be found in Pagburnayan Jar Factory.

Image: Tomoko Eclair B. Alinea

Vigan locals have been practicing clay pottery, known as burnay jars, as a form of artwork for 90 years. Locals used burnay jars in storing grains and water and fermenting wine and bagoong (fermented fish). Once inside the factory, hundreds of clay jars in different shapes and sizes will welcome you. The best part is that you can also try to create your clay jars and take them home for free! But visitors’ donations are greatly appreciated to help the artisans.



5. Syquia Mansion Museum

Location: Quirino Blvd. corner Salcedo St. Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Operating hours: Everyday except Tuesday; 9:00AM to 12:00PM; 1:30PM to 5:00PM
Entrance fee:
Free for public school teachers
PhP10 for Students
PhP60 for Seniors
PhP75 for Regular


landmarks near Ilocos

Former president Elpidio Qurino also lived in Syquia Mansion.

Image: Fatima A. Uli

Located in Vigan City, the Syquia Mansion operates as a museum that withstood the test of time. The mansion is built during the Spanish colonial era and recognized as one of the oldest bahay na bato (stone houses) in Vigan. It’s entirely made of stone and bricks using traditional building materials in 1835. Since it’s a unique remnant of Philippine history, the heritage home was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon visit, you can see various furniture and architectural designs that combine Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish influences. The three artworks of National Artist for Painting Fernando Amorsolo are also located in the museum.


No doubt, Ilocos is rich in cultural spots that you can visit in rain or shine!


Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel stories and tourist spots in Ilocos!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!

Indoor Cultural Spots in Ilocos
Image: Museo ni Juan at Antonio Luna - National Historical Commission of the Philippines Official Website

The Philippine weather can go from sunny to rainy in a snap, and it may affect your leisure travel in any way. But don’t let weather conditions hold you back because, rain or shine, these cultural attractions in Ilocos Region make the most of your leisure trip.

So, no matter what the weather is, bring your own sunshine by visiting these five indoor cultural spots in Ilocos!


1. Juan and Antonio Luna Shrine

Location: Jose Rizal Street corner Juan Luna Street, Barangay 2, Badoc, Ilocos Norte
Operating hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Entrance fee: None


Ilocos, attractions

The museum houses antique household items and vintage collections.

Image: Museo ni Juan at Antonio Luna - National Historical Commission of the Philippines Official Website

The Luna brothers helped tremendously in shaping the Philippines’ history. They played a vital role in the fight for Philippine independence during Spanish colonial. If you’re curious about their life, the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum is worthy of a visit.

The museum has six galleries: Life and Career of Juan Luna, Juan’s Studio in Paris, Life and Career of Antonio Luna, The Luna Home in the 19th Century, Antonio’s Letter to Conchita Castillo, and Trench Warfare. Each of the galleries features preserved memorabilia that the two heroes have used during significant times in their lives.



2. Padre Burgos House

Location: Burgos St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Operating hours:
Monday to Friday; 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Saturday to Sunday, Holiday (By appointment)


museum

The Padre Burgos House is located within the National Museum Ilocos Regional Museum Complex.


Padre Burgos Houd is a museum filled with the rich history of Vigan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museum is the ancestral house and birthplace of its namesake, Fr. Jose Burgos—a Roman Catholic priest who stood up for the reform of Spanish ruling in the Philippines. Visitors can see the collections of old books, historical records, liturgical collections, antique furniture, oil paintings, dioramas, and ceramics during the 1800s. Along with these collections, the house also features various Ilocano artifacts like pag-ablan (wooden loom), gansa (brass gong), kalasag (shield), and more Iloco-Kankanay-Itneg material culture.


3. Vigan Cathedral

Location: Burgos St. 2700, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Mass Schedules:
Monday to Friday; 6:00AM and 5:15PM
Saturday; 6:00AM and 5:00PM
Sunday; 6:00AM, 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 3:30PM, and 5:00PM
Entrance fee: None


Shrine, cathedral

The Vigan Cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site declared in 1999.

Images: Vigan Cathedral Facebook Page

The Vigan Cathedral is one of the major religious landmarks you can find in Northern Luzon. The church is popular for its Baroque, which means irregularly shaped, style architecture made to withstand earthquakes. However, what makes the Vigan Cathedral a religious landmark are its embellishments: the silver-paneled main altars, three naves, and brass handrails. Not only do these features become the church’s historical element, but they also give an elegant touch to the church’s interior.


4. Pagburnayan Jar Factory

Location: Brgy. Pagburnayan, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday; 7:00AM to 6:00PM
Entrance fee: Free


national museum, exhibits

Different styles of clay pots can be found in Pagburnayan Jar Factory.

Image: Tomoko Eclair B. Alinea

Vigan locals have been practicing clay pottery, known as burnay jars, as a form of artwork for 90 years. Locals used burnay jars in storing grains and water and fermenting wine and bagoong (fermented fish). Once inside the factory, hundreds of clay jars in different shapes and sizes will welcome you. The best part is that you can also try to create your clay jars and take them home for free! But visitors’ donations are greatly appreciated to help the artisans.



5. Syquia Mansion Museum

Location: Quirino Blvd. corner Salcedo St. Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Operating hours: Everyday except Tuesday; 9:00AM to 12:00PM; 1:30PM to 5:00PM
Entrance fee:
Free for public school teachers
PhP10 for Students
PhP60 for Seniors
PhP75 for Regular


landmarks near Ilocos

Former president Elpidio Qurino also lived in Syquia Mansion.

Image: Fatima A. Uli

Located in Vigan City, the Syquia Mansion operates as a museum that withstood the test of time. The mansion is built during the Spanish colonial era and recognized as one of the oldest bahay na bato (stone houses) in Vigan. It’s entirely made of stone and bricks using traditional building materials in 1835. Since it’s a unique remnant of Philippine history, the heritage home was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon visit, you can see various furniture and architectural designs that combine Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish influences. The three artworks of National Artist for Painting Fernando Amorsolo are also located in the museum.


No doubt, Ilocos is rich in cultural spots that you can visit in rain or shine!


Visit Yoorekka Consumer Magazine for more travel stories and tourist spots in Ilocos!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!

author

Denisse Shawntel Tan is a twenty-something who is still searching for her place in the adult world. To keep her sane from the city’s traffic, she makes art and paints with words. A self-confessed DIY addict and audiophile, you can find her making random stuff from Pinterest while listening to her 90s playlist. To get her attention, tell her that you can make sushi.

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