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Top 10 Things to Do in Vigan City

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vigan City is one of the most visited places in Ilocos Sur. The city is known for its historical attractions which is visited by thousands of tourists every year. 

If you're planning to visit Vigan City for the first time, here's something that might help you on you adventure: 

Top 10 Things to Do in Vigan City

1. Buy Souvenirs.

2. Head to Pinagburnayan and watch how a burnay is made.

3. Visit the Jose Burgos Museum

4. Eat at Hidden Garden

5. Check out the animals and the life-size dinosaur statues at Baluarte.

6. Eat Empanada at Vigan Empanadahan

7. Walk around Calle Crisologo at night

8. Spend Christmas and watch the city light up at night.

9. Visit Vigan Catedral.

10. Walk at the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo during the day.

How about you? What are your top 10 things to do in Vigan City?

First Timer's Guide to PH International Driving Permit

Although I highly promote backpacking and using public transportation when visiting other countries, I also encourage car or motorcycle rentals in some occasions. 

Renting a vehicle abroad has its pros and cons alright (I will discuss these on a separate article) but this article would focus mainly on how we Filipinos could get the PhilippineInternational Driving Permit (PIDP) so that we could make use of our driving skills abroad. 

Here are the things that you should know about the Philippine International Driving Permit:

> What are the requirements needed for application?

Philippine Driver's License (original and photocopy)Two pieces 2"x2" color ID picture white backgroundIn case of non-appearance, a letter of authorization and any valid ID of representativeP3,500 processing fee

> What countries honors the permit?
The Philippine International Driving Permit is honored in almost all countries that are signatories to the 1949 and 1968 United Nations Convention on Road T…

Tarlac: Concepcion Church

Located in the town of Concepcion in the province of Tarlac, Concepcion Church is one of the Spanish-era churches of the province.

Concepcion Church is also referred to as the following; Immaculate Conception Parish Church, Santuario de la Immaculada Concepcion, and Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The church was built in 1880 under the supervision of Father Guillermo Masnou. The original church has a Baroque style of architecture but was then renovated to its present Neo-Romanesque style in 1893 under the supervision of Father Fernando Vasquez.
The church facade is obviously made of the usual mortar, gravel, cement, wood, steel, and concrete. However, the additional red bricks adds more appeal to the exterior of the church. Its two three-tiered bell towers that ride on both sides of the facade also adds symmetry to the church. 

What I like about the church is its "grandiose" feel. I think this church is one of those churches perfect for dream weddings... Overall, Concepcio…

Cavite: Imus City Plaza

Located in the center of the poblacion or town proper of Imus in the province of Cavite, Imus City Plaza is one of the city's scenic and historical attractions.

This plaza is located in front of the equally historical Imus Cathedral and Imus City Hall. Imus City Plaza is also the first place to greet you if you're heading to the cathedral via Sapinoso Street. 

Imus City Plaza is probably easily remembered because of the monument with two vintage artillery flanking it. The monument stands as an honor to the children of Imus who joined the fight for the independence of the country against Spain. As for the man standing on top of the monument, he is General Licerio Topacio. He is one of the most notable sons of Imus. He is famously known for honorably declining the nomination as president of the soon to be established Revolutionary Government because of his age. This paved the way for the younger Emilio Aguinaldo, who would eventually win the Presidential position against Andres Bo…

Cavite: Imus Cathedral

Located in the City of Imus in Cavite, Imus Cathedral is the seat of the bishop of the Diocese of Imus. It is also one of the oldest Spanish colonial churches of the province. 

Also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar, Imus Cathedral started out as a small chapel-of-ease in Barangay Toclong in Cavite Viejo (now Kawit). It was under the supervision of the Augustinian Recollects who, in 1774, would petition the Spanish government to convert Imus into an independent municipality. However, it was only in 1795 that Imus was finally separated from Cavite Viejo. With this, a provisional church was established in an area known as Barangay Bayan Luma. 

In 1823, the town center was moved to its present location in Barangay Balangon and with it came the construction of the parish church of Imus on the same year. Unlike the previous churches that was built using light materials, the new parish church of Imus was built using stones and bricks. Its facade was patterned after the fifth Ma…

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