For some Vigan City is more popular than the Province of Ilocos Sur. Maybe because of the Heritage Village and the Baluarte of Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson. But already, the city is 436 years old, having been established by Juan de Salcedo in 1576.
It thus makes the city as one of the oldest provincial capitals. Of course, it used to be the capital of the far bigger Ilocos province which now disintegrated into provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, and Abra (some parts only).
The Capitol Grounds is near to the city’s very interesting landmarks and destinations, namely, Arzobispado, Plaza Salcedo, Saint Paul the Apostle Cathedral and Bell Tower, Plaza Burgos, Plaza Leona Florentino, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Calle Crisologo, Syquia Mansion, Villa Angela Heritage House, Crisologo House, and Simbahan a Bassit Cemetery.