Vigan: Blue Hour at the Heritage Village

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines whose structures have remained intact. Well-known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.

We’ve been visiting Vigan many times, but this time we tried to capture the famous village in a different style. So we decided to do it during the blue hour – that is when the skies are deep blue before the sun appears. The night before, we researched on the time of the sunrise (with the help of Google, of course).

As I woke up, 30 minutes before sunrise, we hurriedly went by scooter to Calle Crisologo. We arrived just in time because the blue hour is fast approaching so we immediately set up. It’s delighting to take photos because it’s the time that it has still no people. And the old houses are adding to the nostalgic effect that you are like being transported back to the Spanish era.

After several minutes, the noise of the motor engines are starting to pick up. Tourists who are walking by started to increase. After less than 20 minutes, we already packed up. The photoshoot is also done because the sun has already risen. The morning magic hour quickly ended but we became very excited especially with the taken photos.


Vigan is well known for this — the more than 500-meter street lined up with Spanish-era houses owned by rich people who made fortune from maritime trade from Mexico. While walking you will feel like you’re being brought back to this time of Spanish colonialization. The road is paved with cobblestone, and motor vehicles are forbidden to enter to help with its preservation. The architecture shows the simplicity of the houses which looks almost similar to each other, with red-tile roofing, large columns and capiz-shell windows. Families residing in these houses are striving to preserve the place which endured countless natural and man-made calamities.


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  1. Warez says:

    Thanks for this!

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