Today’s reminders of that exalted past remain. The city’s Mestizo District is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site for its neighborhood of 150 well-preserved Castillian stone houses, many of which now house inns, souvenir shops and a museum. Ancient churches also dot the landscape. And for all the patina of modernity that has crept into Vigan, the city remains committed to its traditional ways, with native crafts like pottery and weaving enjoying ample support from the government.
It has been fun to come back and see again the place of my roots. My mother was born in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur – a municipality very near Vigan.