Going to the Mestizo District of Vigan City is like doing a time travel. For a brief moment, walking on the cobblestone road that surrounded by well-preserved Spanish colonial-era houses is a surreal experience.
For these reasons that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee during its 23rd Session in Marakesh, Morocco on November 29 to December 4, 1999, the Mestizo District or the Historic Town of Vigan was added to the World Heritage List. In the Report of the 23rd Session of the Committee it was determined that: Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning (Criterion (ii), and; Vigan is an exceptionally intact and well-preserved example of a European trading town in East and South-East Asia (Criterion iv).
Interestingly, Victor Florentino, uncle of the foremost Ilocano poetess, subtle satirist and playwright, Leona Florentino, constructed several houses in the Mestizo District, and of all the 247 surviving ancestral houses, 17 were built by the Florentino clan.