Life in Styles

Vigan Rocked My World

Posted on: March 5, 2009

Beyond the spookiness of old house ruins and the shivers from thinking about restless souls roaming the famed Heritage Village, there is something about Vigan City that continues to rock my world until now.

Vigan being reminiscent of the Spanish times, reason why I am attracted to it. Secondly, of course, are those antique shops or tiendesitas selling a huge variety of inexpensive home fixtures, decors, bags, accessories, and other stuff. When I say inexpensive buys, I mean worthy buys that can really make your jaw drop and your hands locked in prayer position, thanking the heavens for finding your way into this goldmine. Lastly, when someone offers you a free room accommodation for three days, how can you even say no to Vigan? Definitely impossible.

Even more that I failed to contain my surprise and excitement, after having known from an aging Manang, one of the sellers at Lucy’s Antique Shop in Vigan, that the old-style home divider with capiz shells is only worth P500 per panel. From my place, two panels of this kind could cost a whopping P2,000 to P3,000! Apart from being a great deal, Lucy’s can also deliver your purchases to your place if you wish to, for a certain fee, that is.

I have been drooling over this type of home divider for quite a long time. To buy such at a high cost is to buy gold with eyes shut. But look where luck further took me in Vigan—I was able to buy one panel from Lucy’s for only P400, ripping off P100 as customer discount. I know! I am still speechless until now. So save the curses, and check out the photo below.


And where did I stay the whole time in Vigan? Call it, My Father’s House Dormitelle, a rare gem located in San Ildelfonso, a few kilometers outside Vigan. Who would have even thought that in this small town lies a fantastic transient house perfect for backpackers? Matched with a relaxing and cozy ambience, this dormitelle is a fusion of the past and present. Of course, not to forget that, the dormitelle has superb customer service team as well. Here’s a teaser of the place.


Several days after, I still think of Vigan and the possible buys I need to save for, for my next visit. Because I know the old soul in me won’t get enough of this old city.


5 Responses to "Vigan Rocked My World"

nice… i would love to to vigan too. i hope soon enough i will. i like the picture of the dormitelle. it indeed looks very cozy and welcoming.

Vigan is my dream trip! Would definitely stay in my father’s house, if he had one there. But My Father’s House Dormitelle looks very inviting!

I am green with envy!

affordable lang ba rates ng my father’s house? hindi ma open ang link… try ko ulit next visit…

Hi, sorry if the link doesn’t work anymore. They don’t have their own website yet actually. Kindly check out this link for their contact details.

Or you can search on the net for other links to their contact details.

So far, since they cater to backpackers, they have affordable rates.

Thank you for visiting!

Hi, I was wondering if I could link my blog to this post? I have an article on aerial views of Vigan (I’m a Filipino pilot) and would be good to have ground-level pictures and stories also.

Let me know if ok, thanks! My son and I run a blog on flying in the Philippines.


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