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New pride of Vigan is the only museum-hotel in the country

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THE NEW high-end address in the Mestizo District

Vigan, the only World Heritage City in the country (as declared by Unesco in 1999), has a new high-end address right in its heritage district: Hotel Luna at Gen. Antonio Luna St. cor Ventura de los Reyes St. It had a grand opening on Feb. 8.

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Our street food is thriving, despite Singapore snub


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CHICKEN inasal and lechon at a stand

At the World Street Food Congress held on the first week of June, a friend griped that there wasn’t any Filipino street food mentioned, nor were there any on exhibit.

Posted: August 1st, 2013 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »

World Costume Festival to be held in Vigan, April 26-May 2

The World Costume Festival 2013, to be held April 26-May 2 in the heritage city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, is expected to be not only a pleasure trip but also an educational tour both for tourists and participants.

Posted: April 13th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Travel | Read More »

Burt’s Bees and SSI bring light to Ilocos municipality

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It’s difficult to imagine living without electricity, especially given today’s amazing technological developments. But there are actually still some rural areas in the country where the only sources of nighttime light are the moon, kerosene lamps and wood fires. Until recently, Sitio Badang in Ilocos Sur was one such area.

Posted: February 15th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

International confab on cultural tourism set in Vigan

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CEBU’S Gabii sa Kabilin program has successfully put heritage on Cebu’s map and is an example for other cities to follow.

The International Conference on Cultural Tourism of the International Council for Monuments and Sites (Icomos) will be held in the City of Vigan, Philippines, Nov. 7-8.

Posted: October 8th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Chavit Singson has soft elegant style (would you believe?)

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THE BAR, made of kamagong, narra and slate chips teamed with Moroso bar stools, on the roof deck is in a faux rock gazebo made of fiberglass. The surfaces are made of renewable materials. Droplights by Stelz.

Since Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson loves to entertain, practically his entire home—the gold-clad nine-story Torre del Baluarte—is devoted to public space.

Posted: February 22nd, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Fariñas-Singson nuptials–Ilocos’ north and south reunited

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In the National Archives of the Philippines is kept a document which relates how Ilocos was divided in 1818. It was thought that by creating the provinces of Ilocos Sur and llocos Norte, two sets of administrators would be better able to watch over the native populations.

Posted: November 20th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

A historic clan returns to its Ilocano roots

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Mila Quirino, Ruby Quirino Gonzalez, Auring Ortega

The Quirino clan converged in the historic city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, on July 21-24, for their first hometown reunion. Coming from as far as the United States, Bahrain and Belgium, the 120-strong contingent of third- to sixth-generation descendants of the patriarch Mariano boarded two buses and a dozen cars and vans early in the morning of July 21 to begin a journey of 400 km.

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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