Your Handy Souvenir Guide: Vigan, Ilocos Sur Edition

The cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo is a great place to experience the awesomeness of Vigan. The place transports you to the time when the Spanish still ruled the Philippines. With kalesas all around and Spanish ancestral houses and buildings, you’ll almost expect to see the guardia civil. This historical place offers a lot of […]

The cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo is a great place to experience the awesomeness of Vigan. The place transports you to the time when the Spanish still ruled the Philippines. With kalesas all around and Spanish ancestral houses and buildings, you’ll almost expect to see the guardia civil.

This historical place offers a lot of choices for souvenirs and delicacies that you can bring back home to your loved ones.

For food delicacies, Vigan is famous for their longganisa – which can be bought by the dozen.

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Or, you could also try some bagnet—thick, crispy slabs of deep fried pork belly. You can have this pre-cooked and frozen so you’ll have time to take it home.

Pair them both with some spicy sukang iloko for an enhanced experience!

For handicrafts and souvenirs, Calle Crisologo has an abundance of bags, wallets, baskets, hats and other products made from buri—a type of palm tree.

The buri weavers of BUHAI

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For beautiful, hand-woven fabric, head a little south of Vigan to the town of Caoayan to witness the locals work their magic. This product is traditionally known as abel.

Abel Iloko (A traditional art of handloom weaving)

Vigan’s pagburnayan is the iconic pottery place in the city. Here you can witness locals molding pots out of clay. You can also purchase some of these spots and gift as nifty souvenir for family or friends.

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Finished pots in Pagburnayan

Next time you happen to find yourself in Vigan, you owe it to yourself to check these places out for a fix of history and culture!

Check out this guide for souvenirs from Metro Manila.