Only just Vigan
It’s just great to have friends who love to travel. My wife and I spent a weekend with my good friend JC and his fiancée Jea in Vigan. It was a quick visit for an upcoming tour next week.
- Drive up north at night.
- Have Vigan longganiza for breakfast.
- Take a few hours of sleep in the hotel.
- Walk around town and then eat empanada.
- Have an early dinner at the hotel.
- Sleep for a few hours.
- Drive back to Manila at 3:00 a.m.
With the help of his lagalag brother’s GPS gizmo, JC drove for eight straight hours to Ilocos Sur. Mr. Bocaling stayed true to TNL Manifesto #1: Ang tunay na lalake ay ‘di natutulog. It was a struggle for me to keep up with our talk during the road trip. I dozed off a few times.
We reached Vigan before 8:00 a.m. and had the famous longganiza for breakfast and then checked-in at Villa Angela Heritage House.
My wife continued taking photos while soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. JC Bocaling and I slept in Cuarto de las Hijas, a large room good for four people. It has three four-post beds, air-conditioning, television and comfort room.
Hours later, we freshened up and had lunch at Leila’s Café then walked on Calle Mena Crisologo.
We tried to maximize the time we had by navigating the area using some tips from my colleague Arnold who was in Vigan a few weeks ago. Thank god for Google Maps!
Our group went to the Vigan Cathedral, Burgos Museum, the Bantay tower, then headed back to Calle Crisologo for merienda. Aimee bought some abel cloth from Rowilda’s Handiloom Weaving along the street.
I had my first Vigan empanada and yes, downed it with a glass of cold Coke! It’s da bomb!
Vigan longganiza was our breakfast and it was also served as our early dinner before going to bed.
I was about to sleep when Tony, the caretaker of Villa Angela, knocked on our door. He noticed that JC’s car had a flat tire. We thought at first that it just needed to be vulcanized but after inspecting it at the nearby gas station, a nail punctured the tire.
JC replaced it while I looked on and provided much needed moral support in my boxers (Yes, I didn’t have time to change clothes because I thought that I don’t need to get out of the car).
We left at 3:30 in the morning and arrived in Metro Manila at 10:30. I still had time to take some rest for a family trip to Marikina in the afternoon.
It was a long quick trip but it was worth it! Aimee and I will be coming back to check out the other places that we weren’t able to visit such as the Syquia Mansion and former Governor Chavit Singson’s Baluarte. We’ll probably take a plane next time if there’s an option.