A new energy surrounds Vigan

Vigan Streets

Vigan gears up for double busy days ahead after being named among the New7Wonders Cities alongside Beirut, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz.

There are new hotels and places to eat such as Bigaa Gastropub which occupies the spot left by Dulcelise. The owners are the same, so the wonderful cakes are still there plus there’s variety — eclectic is the way to describe the menu —  ice cream cakes and savory pastas like the Bigaa pasta topped with bagnet. The particular pasta is an explosion of traditional flavor made more current with a touch of tropical mangoes. The sans rival cake was fantastic as usual.

Vigan River CruiseThe Vigan Heritage River Cruise.

The narrow Vigan streets seemed even much narrower during the long weekend of the Papal visit.

We rode a tricycle from Vigan’s core to the town of Caoayan to check out the Pinakbet Farm, a municipal project intended to help students with livelihood and encourage farmers to at least switch to semi-organic farming, if not organic. A semi-boodle fight lunch of pinakbet, grilled liempo, chicken and tilapia from the fish farm and an Ilocano song and dance cultural show can be enjoyed for Php300.

As always, the empanadahan at Plaza Burgos was teeming with  visitors.

StepsBigaa GastropubBigaa GastropubBigaa PastaThe Bigaa pasta.Alexa's Sans RivalSans RivalUntitledBaldozaVGNCorn FieldsPinakbet FarmCaoayan, Ilocos SurPinakbet FarmFire HydrantVigan EmpanadahanVigan Empanada MakerOkoyVigan okoy is so good with Vigan’s suka ken lasona (vinegar with red onions).Vigan TouristsMet the Abinsay family from San Jose, CaliforniaVigan EmpanadaVigan’s empanada is so much different from Batac’s as well as Laoag’s mongo and papaya filled empanada.Vigan Empanada

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Prom Flowers

Prom Date

Spent the afternoon running errands for Brandon boy. An entire potted cattleya plant arrived at the KaBloom flower shop. Just a simple arrangement with crystal-esque beads to let the gorgeous twin orchids stand out. Brandon is still at the dance at this very minute:)

CattleyaProm Wristlet

– The lovely wristlet.

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Green Day

Thorny Fingers

Yey, the sun came out! Hopped on my Land Cruiser and headed to Pammalian Garden along Vira Road. Just a breather… I don’t have space for a garden in my home, we’re actually about to explode. The color green just soothes the eyes, everything. I feel lighter. There was not many vehicles on the road, only runners. I regret not taking the bike.

Green DayMiniPeanut PlantCurly CactusGreensBinalot

Still in tune with the mood, I stopped by Papa Pau’s for farm-style binalot (means wrapped) bistek (Filipino beef steak) with rice and salted duck egg.

Wintermelon Tea with Grass Jelly

Capped my day with an iced Share Tea wintermelon with jelly strips. I’m clueless what the chewy jelly is made of. Seaweed? I really don’t know, but, of all things, it reminds me of Korean potato noodles. The texture is fantastic! A funny thing about the drink, the stringy jelly is so difficult to suck. One has to slurp, excuse me, hahah.

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