Vigan was full. Like to-the-brim full, with people spilling out from every souvenir shop into the beautiful cobblestone streets of Calle Crisologo, where kalesas slowly click-clacked through as the tourists idly moved out of the way. It’s not my first time in Vigan, but I’ve never seen it this crowded.
We had arrived in Vigan at around four in the afternoon, after a two hour bus ride from Batac. After checking in at Cordillera Inn, located dab smack at the middle of Calle Crisologo, we decided to start exploring the town.
We were in Vigan during Good Friday. For those who don’t know, Good Friday is observed during Holy Week. It is believed to be the day that Jesus was crucified and died. We had arrived in Vigan a few hours before the procession for Good Friday was about to begin. Devotees were gathered outside the church waiting for it to begin.
Vendors sold candles and all sorts of religious memorabilia.
Before the procession was over, my friend and I made our way to the various food stalls that have been set up at the sides of Plaza Burgos. We were having street food for dinner. Yummy, unhealthy and cheap.
After our meal, we made our way back to Calle Crisologo, where the crowds had still not let up.
My travel buddy and I wanted to take some shots of the street sans the crowds so we agreed to try again later in the evening, or early the following morning. For now, it’s time to get some much needed rest.
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This post is part of a series I made on a recent trip I was on during the Holy Week holiday. Read the other posts by clicking on the links below:
- Traveling North: Pagudpud – Laoag – Vigan – La Union
- Lessons I Learned from Traveling During the Holy Week
- Burgos, Ilocos Norte: Kapurpurawan Rock Formation & Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
- The Bangui Windmills
- The North-bound Pagudpud Tricycle Tour
- A Busy Maira-ira Beach
- Mustachioed in Ilocos Norte
- Laoag, Paoay and Batac in a Day
- Spending Good Friday in Vigan
- A Quiet Calle Crisologo Before Dawn
- An Animal’s Balaurte in Vigan
- People Watching and the La Union Sunset
- A Night at the Circle Hostel