WHERE: Crisologo Museum, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
DATE OF TRAVEL: September 22-23, 2007
WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
The ancestral house of the Crisologo family is about a century old and is very well preserved by the family. An antique kalesa, library and other furniture and artifacts are displayed in this mansion.
The Crisologo ancestral house and museum used to be the residence of Floro Crisologo. He was a congressman who worked toward the establishment of the Social Security System, abolishing the death penalty and more. It was on October 18, 1970 that Floro Crisologo was shot while standing on a communion line in the Vigan Cathedral. To this day, his murder remains unsolved. It was in Floro Crisologo's memory that his family converted their ancestral home into a museum housing the memorabilia of the Crisologo's.
HOW WE GOT THERE:
By private bus: From Manila, we joined a field trip and headed up north via a hired bus.
On our second trip, we traveled from Baguio to Vigan and got there in 4 hours via a private vehicle. Partas Bus Lines also ply the Baguio-Vigan route for about P230 per head.
Once in Vigan, just hail a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the Crisologo Museum.
Airconditioned Buses leave from Manila to Vigan daily. The trip takes about 8-9 hours. For a list of buses, click this.
You can also fly for an hour from Manila to Laoag City via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines or Zest Airways. From Laoag, you can take a bus to Vigan City. The trip takes about 1.5-2 hours.