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Vigan celebrates weeklong UNESCO world heritage cities festival

PIA Press Release
Saturday, September 03, 2011
by Fredie G .Lazaro

VIGAN CITY, Sept. 3 (PIA) -- The world heritage city of Vigan joins this year’s weeklong celebration of the United Nations Educational and Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO’s) Word Heritage Cities Solidarity Day and Cultural Festival on September 3 - 10 2011 here, according to Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina.

On Sept.3 will be the food and trade fair at Plaza Burgos, opening of the fotografias y recuerdos at Vigan Culture and Trade Center (VCTC), and the conduct of repazzo de Vigan and solidarity parade around the city’s streets.

On September 4 activities include folk dance and dance sports contests; September 5 – Sabayang Pagbigkas, daniw, dallot and Zarsuela presentations; September 6 – hisotoria oral; September 7 – vocal solo, vocal duet, kinnantaran and vocal chorus; September 8 – Eucharistic celebration, solidarity breakfast, solidarity medical and dental mission, and awarding and cultural show; September 10 – stage play of “Babae ng Digmaan” at Meralco Theater in Pasay City; September 5 – 10 – wayang puppet exhibit; and September 5 -7 – heritage youth assembly.

Most of the cultural presentations and contests during the festival will be held at the historic Plaza Burgos and at the VCTC except for the historia oral which will be held at Donato’s Ancestral House while the stage play of “Babae ng Digmaan” will be held at Meralco Theater in Pasay City.

The lady mayor said these activities were done to continuously attract local and foreign tourists to visit the city with its well–preserved Spanish ancestral houses in the city’s heritage village.

In September 8, 1993 the Organization of World Heritage Cities was formed by the UNESCO in Fez, Morocco.

The group is an umbrella organization of all heritage towns and cities. Vigan is a member of the organization being one of the Philippines’ UNESCO world heritage sites.

“The week-long festivities aim to continuously strengthen Vigan’s history and culture “in keeping with the long-term goal of preserving our centuries 'old heritage structures,'” she said.

It is noted that Vigan’s well-preserved Spanish trading town environ has survived the test of time, including bombings during World War II which leveled the major Philippine cities of Baguio, Cebu, and Manila. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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Tagalog news: Vigan Heritage Village, apektado ng ‘climate change’

ni Ben P. Pacris

VIGAN CITY, Oct. 13 (PIA) -- Dahil sa di na mapigil ng epekto ng ‘climate change’ na kasalukuyang problema sa buong mundo, ang Vigan Heritage Village na pangunahing tourist attraction sa Ilocos Sur at napabilang sa World Heritage List ng UNESCO ay nangangambang sisirain ng storm surge o malakas na lindol

Ito ang babala ni provincial board member Jeremias “Jerry” Singson sa session ng Sangguniang Panlalawigan sa Kapitolio noong Martes nang inilahad niya sa pamamagitan ng power point presentation ang “Joint Community Services for the Future of Ilocos Sur.”

Ayon kay bokal Singson, ang Vigan na nasa pagitan ng coastal towns ng Sta. Catalina, Caoayan at Santa ang unang matatamaan ng storm surge kung hahagupit ang malakas na bagyo sa lalawigan.

Iniulat ng chairman ng Committee on Health na ang pagpapahalaga sa kalikasan ang dapat prioridad ng bawat bayan at siyudad sa probinsiya dahil nakaka-alarma ang bangis ng climate change at global warming na dinadanas na ng sanlibutan. “Hindi na lang programa tungkol sa kalusugan ang inaatupag ng Joint Community Services (JCS) Medical Mission kundi pati na rin ang climate change,” sabi ni Singson.

Batay sa assessment ng Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa lalawigan, idiniin ng dating Vice-Governor na delikado ang Santa, na nasa fault line, Vigan, Sta. Catalina at Caoayan sa epekto ng storm surge lalo na kung mangyari ang malakas na lindol na magdudulot ng tsunami . “Bale 18 towns, kabilang ang siyudad ng Vigan at Candon ay apektado ng storm surge,” aniya.

Hinikayat ni bokal Jerry na makiisa ang lahat ng sector ng komunidad, kabilang na ang mga Sangguniang Kabataan at NGO’s para magtanim ng mangrove sa mga coastal areas na pangdepensa sa storm surge sa mga coastal areas.

Sa pamamagitan ng JCS, sinabi niya na dapat ding maipatupad ang mga reforestation program sa mga upland towns sa ikalawang distrito na pinangyarihan ng mga landslides sa mga nakaraang bagyo tulad ni ‘Pedring’.

Ayon naman kay bokal Robert Tudayan, chairman ng Committee on Environment, makikipagtulungan ang Tanim Kalikasan sa JCS para sa pangangalaga ng kalikasan sa pakikipag-ugnayan ng DENR at mga Local Government Units. (JCR/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)
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salamat at walang anuman, dude:)

maybe in a very light orange they would look better. i think i read before that these houses used to be painted in pastel colors much like those you see in colonial towns all over the world and even in italy's famous cinque terra towns. it was imierda marcos who whitewashed these houses, i think:D
 

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Pastel or "antiquated" tones (light ochre, pastel pink, etc.) will bring a breath of fresh air in Vigan's Spanish quarters. I heard these houses were once colorful before Imelda whitewashed them. IMO, we should not be confined to her own red-brown-white interpretation of the look of Philippine heritage architecture. There is more color to our built heritage than just that.

But then again, it's up to the people of Vigan to decide.
 

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Vigan Heritage Village threatened by storm surges, earthquakes

by Ben P. Pacris
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Nov. 17 (PIA) -- The Vigan Heritage Village, which is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List and the main tourist attraction of Ilocos Sur, is threatened by storm surges and earthquakes due to the impact of climate change.
The alarm was issued by provincial board member Jeremias “Jerry” Singson during the weekly provincial board session at the Capitol here presided by vice-governor Deogracias Victor “ DV” Savellano as he presented the JCS Foundation for the Future of Ilocos Sur project.
“Vigan which is surrounded by the coastal towns of Santa, Caoyan and Sta. Catalina, is in danger in case of deadly storm surge and big quakes,” Singson stressed. “Strong earthquakes will trigger tsunami in these typhoon-prone areas,” he added.
The member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan said that the wrath of the recent Typhoon Pedring that hit the province created storm surges in Fuerte , Caoayan; Mindoro, Vigan; and Tabucolan and Bucalag in Santa.
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I don't know where to put these so i'll just post them here. You are lucky to have such structures still intact to your place especially the old houses in calle crisologo. We now only have a few in naga (nueva caceres) limited to institutions, churches and a few ancestral houses.

will post pictures of vigan soon.
 

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I don't know where to put these so i'll just post them here. You are lucky to have such structures still intact to your place especially the old houses in calle crisologo. We now only have a few in naga (nueva caceres) limited to institutions, churches and a few ancestral houses.

will post pictures of vigan soon.
Yup,, these structures are truly priceless and its value is universal.
 

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I thought this thread has been deleted! WAahhh!

By the way folks, what can you say about this colored ancestral houses?











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exposing the bricks may be very pleasing to the eyes but it could actually be damaging to the buildings especially when your aim is to preserve the structure, so it's just right to replaster them. Conserving buildings however is actually quite complex as there are many ways to do it. What's important is you have to make sure that what you do today won't be detrimental to future conservation projects to the building.

As to the colors, i think its fine to repaint these old structures. But there are better techniques (if i'm not mistaken) to trace back their original color. One way is by subjecting samples of the old coatings of the building to chemical analysis. :)
 

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Hello Jeff, what is B-n-B haha...

Well, you might be referring to Grandpa's Inn.
b-n-b as in bed and breakfast type of thing? yup, grandpa's inn i think was the name:cheers:

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the colors seem too glaring because we're not used to it yet. in time we'll learn to appreciate these colorful houses as they originally were. perhaps they can limit the number of colors to 2 in a particlar house-white and another color like in house 3, so there's still some sort of semblance of harmony at least in a given house. OR perhaps the locals should just form a "committee on good taste", like i heard those in italy's cinque terra towns have, whose power is to set a standard of approved colors/color scheme (based on educated research of course) among other things.

house 1: they should get rid of that modern gate
house 2: put a bigger keystone, replace the light fixture
house 3: replace light fixture
house 4: get rid of floors above the 2nd, toss the aircon out the windows since it's halfway there anyway :D
house 5: needs details around the door(?)
 

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b-n-b as in bed and breakfast type of thing? yup, grandpa's inn i think was the name:cheers:

:2cents:
the colors seem too glaring because we're not used to it yet. in time we'll learn to appreciate these colorful houses as they originally were. perhaps they can limit the number of colors to 2 in a particlar house-white and another color like in house 3, so there's still some sort of semblance of harmony at least in a given house. OR perhaps the locals should just form a "committee on good taste", like i heard those in italy's cinque terra towns have, whose power is to set a standard of approved colors/color scheme (based on educated research of course) among other things.

house 1: they should get rid of that modern gate
house 2: put a bigger keystone, replace the light fixture
house 3: replace light fixture
house 4: get rid of floors above the 2nd, toss the aircon out the windows since it's halfway there anyway :D
house 5: needs details around the door(?)
I sooo love your suggestions, my take for house #5 is to get rid of the dangling wires, urghh.. hope there will be a solution. :colgate:
 

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exposing the bricks may be very pleasing to the eyes but it could actually be damaging to the buildings especially when your aim is to preserve the structure, so it's just right to replaster them. Conserving buildings however is actually quite complex as there are many ways to do it. What's important is you have to make sure that what you do today won't be detrimental to future conservation projects to the building.

As to the colors, i think its fine to repaint these old structures. But there are better techniques (if i'm not mistaken) to trace back their original color. One way is by subjecting samples of the old coatings of the building to chemical analysis. :)
Actually, I am not against this type of conservation, the "repainting" thing - and like what they did at Daraga, Albay, they coated the church with white that looked to be disgusting for old-charm seekers but I support the move because it is a way to really preserve the old structure. In Vigan, many houses has undergone the same method.

See the new Daraga Church as a part of its conservation. Now it is white.

 

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I finally got the chance to visit Vigan earlier this month. These are my shots...

Calle Crisologo




regular streets



Church of Bassit



These ones were taken during the "La Naval"




This centuries old santo is going back to it's owner's residence
AMAZING VIGAN Indeed with these Amazing photos!

BTW, PLS DO VOTE For VIGAN in the New7Wonder Cities, Click here.
 
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