I was planning to go to Vigan for Christmas, but Christmas came early when an opportunity opened up for me to go there in an all-expense paid trip last November 15 to 17 to cover President Elpidio Quirino’s 125
th birth anniversary celebration. It was three days’ worth of happiness and inspiration that I’ll always feel grateful for. Aside from touring around Calle Crisologo and its nearby spots, I also learned so much about Ka Pidiong (what they call President Elpidio Quirino) and witnessed the hospitality of Biguenos. Here are some of the highlights of the trip:
The first thing I did after checking in the hotel was go to the famous Calle Crisologo, which was only a block away. I felt so happy because I’ve been dreaming of going here for years! I enjoy the last minutes of the afternoon and the first minutes of the night.
The next day, I had 15 minutes to spare before the first event starts, so I decided to go to Calle Crisologo again. It was quiet and empty, which I liked. I took advantage of it by taking pictures.
For lunch, we went to Pinakbet Farm in Caoayan, Ilocus Sur. Aside from the great food and service, the view was also mesmerizing because there was a river just beside it. The al fresco dining experience was very cool and breezy.
The waiters and waitresses also doubled as cultural performers. They sang and danced while smiling all throughout. I loved every bit of it.
These kids were so excited for the opening of the new Elpidio Quirino Children’s Park. I was there to take pictures, but they were there just happily anticipating to finally get to play with other kids and have a good time. I just had to take a picture of those smiles, don’t you think?
My trip to Vigan made me overflow, and this one tops the list of reasons: witnessing about a thousand students (majority not in picture) fill up the Vigan Plaza to offer a flash mob performance for Ka Pidiong. Seeing them in sync and fully energized despite the scorching sun and hearing them shout the name of their city’s hero gave me chills. Truly a wonderful 15 minutes!
We also witnessed the inauguration of the Elpidio Quirino Memorial Wing of the Ilocos Sur National Museum. The restored former city jail where Ka Pidiong was born was really unique and one-of-a-kind. It was a great tribute to our late president.
I took advantage of our last morning in Vigan by going to the famous Bantay Bell Tower alone and using a bike. It was my first time to ride a bike along the highway (which made me feel like such a badass haha)! It was such a fun solo adventure and I couldn’t be any happier with every minute of it!
The view atop Bantay Bell Tower! It was absolutely breathtaking and mesmerizing!
Sometimes, you just have to feel as happy and free as a kid!
For the last minutes before we went back to Manila, I decided to go see this statue of Ka Pidiong. If it weren’t for him, this opportunity wouldn’t have come for me. I witnessed how his influence and legacy still lives up to this day, and I will always be in awe of him and the things he did for our country. He may not be the most famous president we’ve had, but I know his heart truly beat for the Filipino people.