Ilocos Sur: Plaza Salcedo

Located in front of Saint Paul's Cathedral in Vigan City in the province of Ilocos Sur, Plaza Salcedo is a very important and historical part of the Heritage City of Vigan.

Plaza Salcedo is named in honor of the Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo. He was the one who subdued the natives residing in the territory now known as Vigan City. Afterwards he established a colony named Villa Fernandina in the location in 1572.
That's Rizal not Juan Salcedo
Plaza Salcedo is specifically designed to show the typical the typical Spanish urban design. In the center of the plaza, you'd find the Salcedo Obelisk. A lagoon was added in the seventies not only for aesthetic purposes but for protection. As you can see, because most of the houses are made from wood, fire brings plenty of destruction to Vigan throughout history.  
 

Vigan Cathedral is just in front of the Plaza
The plaza served plenty of purposes during the Spanish Colonial period. It served as a parade ground for the Spanish troops, meeting venue for important announcements, and even as an execution site. Just a bit of a trivia, the famous revolutionary Gabriela Silang was publicly hanged in the plaza in September 1763 to serve as a warning to those who wanted to join the revolution.

Visiting Vigan would not be complete without visiting Plaza Salcedo.
My friends taking a quick rest in one part of the plaza

Getting there:
From Manila, ride a bus heading to Vigan City. Board down near the Vigan arc and ride a tricycle heading to Calle Crisologo. From there you could walk to Plaza Salcedo.


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