Vigan Images 12 images Created 10 Feb 2010
Vigan's Mestizo District offers a picturesque glimpse into the Philippines colonial past. The ancestral houses were mostly built by Chinese traders using a mixture of Filipino, Asian and Spanish architectural styles. The fact that the town is so well preserved has earned it UNESCO World Heritage Status. Vigan had long been an important trading post for Chinese before the Spanish conquest in 1572. After colonization, Vigan grew to become a center of Spanish political and religious power in Northern Luzon, Philippines.