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Vigan

Vigan
Bigan
Component city
City of Vigan
Calle Crisologo
Plaza Salcedo Baluarte Park
Vigan Cathedral
From top left to right: Calle Crisologo, Plaza Salcedo, Baluarte Zoo, Vigan Cathedral
Flag of Vigan
Flag
Official seal of Vigan
Seal
Motto: Viva Vigan!
Location in the province of Ilocos Sur
Location in the province of Ilocos Sur
Vigan is located in Philippines
Vigan
Vigan
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 17°34′N 120°23′E / 17.57°N 120.38°E / 17.57; 120.38Coordinates: 17°34′N 120°23′E / 17.57°N 120.38°E / 17.57; 120.38
Country Philippines
Region Ilocos (Region I)
Province Ilocos Sur
District 1st District of Ilocos Sur
Established 1572
Cityhood January 22, 2001
Barangays 39
Government
 • Mayor Juan Carlo Singson Medina
Area
 • Land 25.12 km2 (9.70 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)
 • Total 53,879
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 2700
IDD:area code +63 (0)77
Website www.vigancity.gov.ph
Official name Historic Town of Vigan
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Designated 1999 (23rd session)
Reference no. 502
Region Asia-Pacific

Vigan, officially the City of Vigan (Ilocano: Ciudad ti Bigan; Filipino: Lungsod ng Vigan), is a fourth income class component city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 53,879 people.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in that it is one of the few Hispanic towns left in the Philippines whose structures have remained intact, and it is well known for its cobblestone streets and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine and Oriental building designs and construction, with colonial European architecture. Former Philippine president Elpidio Quirino, the sixth President of the Philippines, was born in Vigan, at the former location of the Provincial Jail (his father was a warden); he resided in the Syquia Mansion.

In May 2015, Vigan City was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Beirut, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz. New7Wonders Foundation president and founding member Bernard Weber led a ceremony held at St. Paul Cathedral where he handed a bronze plaque to Vigan Mayor Eva Grace Singson-Medina, signifying the heritage city’s election as one of the world’s wonder cities.


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