Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan

Photography by Mike Fallarme

The City of Vigan. A World Heritage Site and one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines where its structures remained intact, and is well known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture.

The city’s full name at the time of its Spanish foundation was “Villa Fernandina”, or “Town of Ferdinand”, in honor of Prince Ferdinand, the firstborn son of King Philip II of Spain. As the city grew, and the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia transferred to Vigan, it was later renamed “Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan” (“Ferdinand’s City of Vigan”).

© Mike Fallarme