Are you still looking forward to knowing more about the prominent figures who shaped the history of Ilocos? Have you ever fancied knowing more about one of the three martyr priests, Padre Jose Burgos, or the country’s 6th president, Elpidio Quirino? What about everything that has to do with Ilocos’ own spirit, basi? Let us take you to Ilocos Regional Museum Complex to know more about them!
Ever stayed in a hotel and museum all at once? Along the streets near Calle Crisologo, we found the only museum-like hotel in Vigan—Hotel Luna. Built during the 188os by Don Jose Florentino, for his daughter Doña Carmen Florentino, this Filipino old house with a touch of sophisticated Spanish interiors has been rebuilt, extended and restored into a high-class museum-hotel.
Hotels may be plentiful in the city of Vigan, but most of them are heritage homes that have been given an upgrade. They may retain the aura of a heritage house, but they can’t be compared to Villa Angela Heritage House in terms of being a true heritage of Vigan City. See what Villa Angela has to offer that made Tom Cruise choose this as his very own accommodation.
Inaugurated in 1937, the Nielson Airport stood on a 42-hectare piece of land owned by Ayala y Cia. The land was originally part of Hacienda San Pedro de Macati (part of which is present-day Ayala and Paseo de Roxas Makati), a large estate owned by the Spanish-Filipino Ayala family. Nielson Airport was a venture of Laurie Reuben Nielson, a British businessman based in the Philippines, along with his partners. The airport served commercial flights and became the gateway between Manila and the rest of the country, and later between the country and the rest of the world. However in 1941, due to the expansionist plans of Japan’s military which posed […]
The Fort Santiago is one of the oldest forts and historic sites in Manila. It was heavily fortified and used as a defence fortress during the Spanish Colonial period. Originally built in 1571, a year after Manila became the capital of the Philippines, Fort Santiago was only a structure of palm logs and earth until it was destroyed during an attack by Chinese Pirates. The fort was then rebuilt and was made of thick and high stonewalls. A moat was also used to stop invaders from accessing the fort. This lasted until the Battle of Manila in 1945. Entrance fee for adults is Php 75 and P40 for students and […]
A bastion that was built by the Spanish army in order to fight back against its enemies. The stone path creates historical ambiance as you enter the historic garden entrance. The beautiful garden is located at the very south end of Intramuros. However, it was destroyed by the invasion of the British army in 1762. Although the bastion has been restored, the ruins of the fortress that was built during the period of Spanish rule still remain. The garden is now a landscape of beautiful flowers and greenery, and you can have a view of the skyscrapers of Manila from the fortress on the hill. It can be a perfect spot to relax as well. […]
Marcella Agoncillo Heritage Home The Agoncillo home located at the heritage town of Taal in Batangas was the home of Marcella Agoncillo who sewed the first Philippine national flag and dubbed as the Mother of the Philippine Flag Gen. Aguinaldo requested Marcella Agoncillo to sew a flag that would embody the voice and aspirations of the Filipinos which gave birth to the Philippines flag that was vital during the establishment of the first Philippine republic. Many other things can be found in the Agoncillo Heritage Home ranging from photos, clothes, ornaments, and various accessories which are now consider antique. Entrance is free but donating is encouraged. – Villa Tortuga Transport […]
Photo credit: Outoftownblog.com – A place of one but many. A place of many but one. Inaugurated this May 7, 2015, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, also known as the Heritage City, was officially hailed as one of the world’s New Seven Wonders Cities! The announcement was made through electronic media by the New7Wonders Foundation. Vigan was chosen as a Wonder City last December 8, 2014 by New7Wonders President Bernard Weber. A bronze plaque awarded to Vigan Mayor Eva Grace Medina was given to declare the city’s new status. Established in the 16th century, the historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is an example of a best-preserved planned Spanish colonial town […]
If you happen to visit Cebu City and would like to see an actual piece of Filipino history, visit the shrine of Magellan’s Cross along Magallanes Street. This small shrine is set in a busy downtown area, near Cebu City Hall and the historic church of Sto. Niño Basilica Minore, Magellan’s Cross is a huge wooden Christian cross that marks the arrival of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the island of Sugbu (now Cebu) roughly 500 years ago. He and his crew were the first Europeans to come to Philippines, on a mission to search for the spice islands of Molucca for the King of Spain. Magellan met and befriended […]
Ancestral homes are not at all hard to come by in Bacolod Province, but the most famous of them all is The Ruins in Talisay City. The iconic ruin of this once-grand mansion, regarded by many as the Taj Mahal of Negros, is easily recognizable – a huge majestic structure set in the midst of a vast sugar plantation. Visiting The Ruins takes patience, as it is quite remote and located off the main road. But its grandeur is still evident the moment you enter the gates of the lovely nine-hundred-square-meter property. The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by a Spanish-Filipino sugar baron named Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, […]