A Taste of Spain in Asia
Nowadays, it's nothing but typical to see things that are inspired by technology. From automated doors to touch screen displays at the mall, it's almost impossible not to see a single place that does not employ the latest technologies. Wouldn't it be grand to savor simplicity every once in a while? Take a break from all the buzz of city life and pack your bags for Vigan; Philippines' mini Spain.
Located in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, Vigan City draws tourists and locals alike with its classic Spanish allure. It is a known fact that the country was under Spanish rule for centuries, and unfortunately, not all cities were able to preserve its Latin charm. Vigan is perhaps the only city that was able to conserve its cobble stone streets and Spanish-inspired homes and buildings, which can take you back in time. But of course, those who wish to use their gadgets to play a round of poker can take a breath of relief; the place does have decent internet connection, and of course, electricity. You don't have to worry about missing your favorite game of blackjack or poker whilst touring the city. Who knows? You might even get lucky and win some cash while on holiday. The website offers fun and secure online gaming, and transferring funds is a breeze. If you're not so confident about your playing skills, you can play using play money while honing your skills. Partypoker also has an online poker trainer that can help you play your cards and teach you about tips and tricks in playing. How's that for a complete getaway?
After satiating your poker craving, take your digital camera with you and visit these famous spots in the city:
Calle Crisologo (Crisologo Street)
is the most popular tourist destination in Vigan. Tourists can go around Calle Crisologo in a horse-drawn carriage and savor the vintage charm of the city. This is where one can find Spanish-style homes that exude 18th century allure.
Named after the martyr priest Fr. Jose P. Burgos, Plaza Burgos
is a constant reminder of the Spanish colonization in the province. Many Filipinos have put their life on the line, including priests, to fight for freedom. Fr. Burgos was part of the historical Gomburza (Gomez, Burgos, Zamora) priests, who fought for equality for the Filipinos during the Spanish regime and were then executed by the Spaniards for treason. These days, the plaza is where locals and tourists visit to have a taste of the famous Vigan empanada, which is like a taco with vegetable and meat filling.
Before leaving your hotel room, make sure to bring an umbrella with you. Vigan can get pretty hot in the summer and you'd have to walk to tour some spots such as Calle Crisologo.