23 July 2014

Philippines | Calle Crisologo (Vigan)

We all have our own old love stories to tell but the best way to reminisce it is to be in a place where you can get a sense of old feeling. Have you been in Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur? I think it's a perfect place to contemplate the past. It's not just a simple cobbled street with ancentral house, the story of this town is also fascinating. 
The place is covered with cobbled-stone roads, Spanish ancestral houses and antique displays. It’s like the entire town is an open house exhibition of art and history. So cool!
The tale behind the historical street of Calle Crisologo is a love story. It was in the midst of World War II when the Empire of Japan invaded the Commonwealth of the Philippines and had one of their military bases in Ilocos Sur. One Japanese General fell in love to a Filipina from Vigan and before the global war begun, he made a promise to her that Calle Crisologo (her town) will be left no harm. Evidently, he kept his promise which made the town retain its old-fashioned lifestyle until now. 

Calle Crisologo is one of the streets in the Philippines where you can still see and ride an actual calesa.
The City of Vigan’s Heritage Village or also known as Calle Crisologo is definitely one of my top picks to travel in the Philippines because it’s the only town in the country where you would truly sense how it feels to live during the Spanish era.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the Japanese General survived against the American military troupe. Also, there were no even signs what happened to the Filipina after the war. It’s too bad that the ending of the love story is unknown but I’m happy it resulted to a wonderful place as what is manifested now in Calle Crisologo.

So how about you? What's your old love story?

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