We’ve only just Vigan

Once in a while, we are blessed with stories where the power of love reigns over the love for power. Here is one that unfolded right in our own country — up north.

In the beautiful City of Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur, the famed Crisologo Street is where ancestral structures and historical landmarks preserved for posterity abound. Personally, it is here that I feel as though I’ve stepped onto a film set, transported somewhere back in time to a place that I have always wanted to be.

Not known to many, the beauty and grace of Vigan could have been completely devastated if not for the love of Takahashi and Adela. It was a miracle that saved the town of Vigan during the last days of the Japanese occupation. As part of their military strategy at the end of the war, the Japanese were ordered to burn and completely destroy occupied zones before withdrawal. [read full story...]

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