Strolling down Vigan’s Calle Crisologo never fails to make me reminisce over precious moments with my older sister, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and whom I have not seen in the last 4 years. I’m certain it was also after my birthday, when she last brought me (that time with my husband) to St. Augustine, a charming city just nearby Jacksonville. Also a perpetual tourist magnet, St Augustine resembles the old world charm of Vigan. A Spanish colonial history, curio shops, cafés, antiquities, sightseers, a feel good laid-backness — I could see the strong similarities. But then again, Ilocos is my true home.
I had to show the family the scenic Bantay Bell Tower of the St. Augustine Parish Church before sunset. It was airy, the sun was perfect, the mood was calm and dreamy. Being on top of the world albeit transitory is a natural exhilaration.
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