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Famous Tourist Spots in Ilocos Sur

Heritage City of Vigan
This town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Novemebr 1999. It was established in the 16th century, a glimpse of the Spaniards’ vision for their colonial towns in Asia.

Santa Maria Church
Also known as “Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion”, this UNESCO World Heritage site is believed to be frequently visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary’s image.

Vigan Cathedral
Vigan Cathedral or St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral is a Baroque-style church, the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia. It had been destroyed and reconstructed many times due to earthquakes and fire, but the latest version was finished in 1800.

Tirad Pass
This historic pass has been declared a National Shrine. It was the last stand of the Filipino Revolutionary Forces against the Spaniards.

Bessang Pass
This pass was the site of the first military victory of Filipinos, together with Americans, against the Japanese.

Ilocos Sur Museum
This museum contains a collection of paintings, sculptures, and other treasures that shows the rich culture and heritage of Ilocos Sur.

Vigan’s Loom weaving
When in Ilocos Sur, visitors should pass by Barangay Camangaan, where local weavers can be seen. They sell souvenirs such as shawls and blankets that have been sewn from abel, a local cotton fabric. Present in these fabrics are the Vigan’s ethnic patterns.

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