Remembering Old Times at Calle Crisologo
When you go to Ilocos Sur, it is a must for you to visit a very popular tourist spot there, Calle Crisologo at Vigan Heritage Village. It’s like travelling back in time during Spanish era. Calle Crisologo also known as Mena Crisologo street named after one of the most respected people in Ilocos, Mena Pecson Crisologo. He wrote Mining wenno Ayat ti Kararwa, which many compare to Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere; an Ilocano translation of Don Quixote entitled Don Calixtofaro de la Kota Caballero de la Luna; and a zarzuela entitled Codigo Municipal. (vigan.ph)
It is really amazing how Vigan local government and their constituents preserve this village and its structures that even tenants for restaurants and other establishments are required to have a vintage Spanish look structures to be built. This is to maintain the old time Spanish look and will blend with the rich culture and heritage of the said village.
Calle Crisologo is a very busy street day and night because lots of business establishments are in there which includes hotels, antique shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, and even funeral parlor.
If you want to tour around without tiring you feet, there are Kalesas everywhere that you can ride for ony Php150/hr. Be reminded that Calle Crisologo is closed to vehicular traffic at any time of the day. Only Kalesas and bikes are allowed inside the village.
Calle Crisologo is also the best place for a vintage or spanish-style themed wedding photoshoot where soon to be married couples can enjoy a vintage-like romantic ambiance as they stroll along the lamp-lit streets.