Thousands of devotees and tourists flocked this week to Vigan City, the world’s sole heritage city, packing to the rafters all hotels and transient houses here since Maundy Thursday. City Tourism Officer Edgar Dela Cruz said the city government is making arrangements for accommodating as many visitors as possible.
“We are now coordinating with owners of hotels and transient houses outside the city to accommodate there the other devotees and tourists who arrived and are still arriving,” said Vigan City Tourism Officer Edgar dela Cruz.
Among the city’s top crowd drawers are historic St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia, the Vigan heritage village where century-old houses are located and the historic “pagburnayan” village.
Visitors can also avail of cruises along historic Mestizo River and experience being transformed in time while walking across Vigan’s villages where traces of old Ilocano culture remain.
On Maundy Thursday, when celebration of the Lenten Season’s ‘triduum’ began, Catholic devotees crowded all churches in Ilocos Sur province.
This started the devotees’ three-day abstinence to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Most churches in Ilocos Sur were built during the Spanish period.
Spain introduced Catholicism to the Philippines.(