Traveller, Photographer, Mountaineer, Human

Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

June 16, 2012

Calle Crisologo is perhaps the most famous landmark of Vigan.  It is a street of old houses and cobblestone road.

When people visit Vigan, this street is the primary reason.

The street and its surrounding area has been declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and is also actively protected by the local and national government.  In fact, one of the houses in the street is subject to expropriation (the houses are privately owned) by the local government since the owner has not maintained the house (a big beautiful house in ruins!).  There is a big sign announcing the court proceedings for this expropriation.

Before, I’m not very keen on visiting this place.  I’ve seen it on many pictures (mostly rendered sepia or in other antique-like effects).  It’s a street – period.  However, on setting foot on this place, I was happy.  It’s like stepping back in time, though of course many things reminded me that this is already a modern time.

Probably, this is the most photographed part of Vigan, and there lies the problem (for me and others).  There are already so many pictures of Calle Crisologo that presenting it in a different way gets harder.  I guess an easy way is to photograph details…

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…things they’re selling on the street…

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…or the people.

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Another way of course is to find a different perspective.

Sadly, the place has become a flea market for souvenir items.  I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing.  A bad thing because it is no longer authentic (the street is supposed to be residential but I don’t know if people will really live on this street), a good thing since through this, the houses are being kept by the rentals (of vendors) or profit from the stores.

As tourists, snapshots are mandatory.

All snapshots of Eman.  I took his pictures, he took mine.  Unfortunately, he has not yet uploaded his shots so no picture of me.

Will I go back to Vigan and revisit this place?  YES!  However, there are other places to visit and returning here is still quite low on my priorities.

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