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It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Vigan Heritage Village

The Spanish era had contributed a lot here in the country.  Their influence was so rich that even now, most of the Spanish culture and traditions are still very well practiced in random parts of the whole Philippine archipelago.  The Spanish language or Espaniol is still partly practiced in Zamboanga City down the southern part of the country which happened to be the only Latin city in the country and Asia as a whole as well.  The culture and some old traditions are still well lived in most of the homes of the Filipino families up North.  The delicacies are still appreciated and served on most Filipino tables as to some ways of living are still observed by most Filipinos.  A lot of prestigious Spanish places are also preserved and open for public views.

Yet, there’s one place in the country that’s indeed the most popular preserved Spanish place for all the buildings and houses up to the streets were purely preserved from the Spanish era.  Though some were already repaired if not reconstructed, the atmosphere itself and the sense of being there indeed takes you back to the Spanish era when they still had the country under their government.  It’s The Heritage Village, Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines.

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The above photos are just few of the many outstanding beauty of the Spanish era that still lived and preserved in this certain one-Spanish street popularly known as Calle Crisologo to the locals.  It now served as a Spanish Heritage Village as called for itself where all houses displayed used to be real houses and building enterprises of Filipino residents during that time.

Visit the country this summer and experience the Spanish-influenced atmosphere and get captured along nostalgic lane as you travel back in time.

All the above pictures were taken and captured by Chris Saunil, my teacher friend during his Pilgrimage weeks before Holy Week last year.

 
 

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It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Church of St. Augustine

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An old Baroque-Oriental Church of Sto. Agostinho (St. Augustine Church) or popularly known as Paoay Church in Paoay, Philippines.  The building of the church started in 1694 and was completed in 1710 with the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo as forerunners.  It is one of the four baroque churches in the country and one of the most visited places during Holy Week for it’s serene and peaceful atmosphere added by the influenced design of the Spanish during their era in the country.  The structure itself tells thousands of stories about the Philippine history all shouting in all edges from the Spanish era down to the Philippine Independence up to the Dictatorship of and Liberation from the Filipino Dictator.

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It’s walls were intentionally built 1.67m thick with twenty-four carved buttresses all complicatedly designed to fully support its whole structure for it’s located in an area prone to earthquakes which happened to be the worst natural destruction in the country.  At that time, technology was still very less of support therefore, all its complications were man-made which took the construction for more than a decade to finish.

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It’s doors and windows were carefully designed and attached to the thick wall openings to avoid possible future destruction through time and calamities.

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The window from the outside.

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The window from the inside.

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The bell tower was made of coral stones.

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The Historical Prestige of the Church.

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Visit the country this Roman Catholic Holy Week and experience the holiness promoted by St. Augustine Church only in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

All the above pictures were taken and captured by Chris Saunil, my teacher friend during his Pilgrimage weeks before Holy Week last year.

 

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