Old Houses of Vigan

Here are some pictures of the old houses in Vigan’s Heritage Village. Enjoy the “bahay na bato” or the house made of stones and its cobbled streets.  You will also notice that the houses have the sliding capiz windows on its second floor, and the wooden doors on the first floor which were mainly used as the garage of the caritelas and storage room. In this picturesque Vigan Heritage Village, some of the old houses were converted in to antique shops, while others are now hotels and other commercial establishments, and yet some are still used as residential dwellings. So please be cautious and ask permission before entering.






Like in many parts of the country old buildings like this one are often neglected and disregarded.Sad 😦

This is actually a Funeral House. La Funeraria Baquiran.


Baroque Churches of the Philippines

These four churches earned the distinction of being classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site under the classification of Baroque Churches of the Philippines. These churches’ unique architectural design which UNESCO  classified as a “reinterpretation of European Baroque by Chinese and Philippine craftsmen” serves as an inspiration of future churches built in their respective regions.

I am fortunate enough to visit three out of four churches listed herein.  Well, I actually saw all four churches but I was not able to take a picture of the Sta. Maria Church in Ilocos Sur because our bus simply passed by the area and I was not able to take a picture of the church.

The churches are:

San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila

Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur

(Picture courtesy of my friend Jenny Rose, taken last April 2012)

Church of San Agustin, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Church of Santo Tomas de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo

10 Famous Old Churches in the Philippines

The Best Philippines Tourist Spot Website listed ten famous old churches in the Philippines. I am reproducing their list and their pictures in this list.

 Paoay Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte 

♣ Visited in 2000, Cheen and I are planning for another grand Ilocos get-away.

Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan

♣ Will visit it soon, just waiting for my friends Brenda and Ate Adora to fix our schedule. 

San Agustin Church in Intramuros Manila

♣  My last visit was in 2010

San Sebastian Church in Plaza del Carmen, Quiapo district Manila

♣  My last visit was in 2010, I will be uploading my 2008 photo of the church in the next series of blog post.

Dauis Church in Panglao Island, Bohol

♣  Is on my list of “to see” if Zoe and I can fix our schedule, we’re targeting Bohol this year. Yes, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Quiapo Church in Quezon Boulevard, Quiapo, Manila

♣ My last visit was in 2010, I will be uploading my 2008 photo of the church in the next series of blog posts.

San Jose Church in Basco, Batanes

Definitely on the “must see” list. Saleng and I are targeting an early 2013 visit, now, I need to work double time for the travel funds. haha! I will also share my friend Malou’s picture of Batanes’ churches on the next series of blog post.

Baguio Cathedral in Baguio City, Benguet Province

♣ My last visit was in 2009, you can see my Baguio Cathedral photos in one of my older blog post.

Basilica de Sto. Niño, in Cebu City

♣  Visited in 1998, unfortunately, I lost my “film” photo of this beautiful church, well, there will always be a next time for Cebu.

Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Manaoag, Pangasinan

♣ My last visit was in 2009, again, unfortunately, I lost the files of my 2005 picture of the church and its courtyard. I hope to visit it soon for a very personal reason 🙂