The National Museum Vigan Branch or Padre Burgos House is located along Padre Burgos Street. It is one of the branches of the National Museum displaying archaeological artifacts from the Spanish era.
Padre Burgos House is included in the Vigan Heritage Tour. The entrance is also free and the museum is open from Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. For weekends and holidays, the visit to the museum is by appointment.
The museum is the ancestral house and birthplace of Padre Jose Burgos. There are memorabilia of Padre Burgos and his family. There are artifacts from Iloco-Kankanay-Itneg material culture. Dioramas, old books and liturgical collections are displayed in the museum.
One of the famous tourist destination in North Luzon is Vigan. It is owned by a prominent Versoza family of Vigan. The entrance of the heritage house is located along Quirino Boulevard but has a backdoor along De Los Reyes Street. It is a few blocks away from the Vigan Heritage Village.
The house was built in 1870 and was named for their matriarch Angela Versoza Villanueva. The house was a gallery of the mementos of the family which they displayed in the house and admired by the visitors and guests.
The house was restored by descendants in the eighties. It is also one of the locations of the famous movie Jose Rizal. Tom Cruise also stayed in the heritage house during his film shoot in 1989. A picture of him hangs in the walls along with the photos of the Versoza clan.
There are private rooms for the guests. I was able to stay in one of the rooms with a bathroom inside and another room without a bathroom. There is a common bathroom in the second floor outside the kitchen area. In the first floor is a dormitory for groups.
Breakfast is served in their antique dining area were we could see the antique kitchen objects like pots, porcelain and china wares. Guests enjoys the living room area with huge windows made of capiz. Old personal furniture of the Versoza clan are found in the house.
Vigan is said to be a living museum. The historic city of Vigan was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 2, 1999. It is a vivid memory of the rich Spanish era in our country.
The Vigan Heritage Village is proof that we have a rich Spanish culture.
Century-old houses were built in the 1600s. Calle Crisologo is the major attraction in Vigan. It is four blocks of cobblestone streets lined up with heritage houses of prominent families. Different hotels, restaurants and stores lined up the heritage village.
The famous Plaza Burgos is where we eat street foods and the Vigan specialty empanada and okoy. The Church Bell Tower is also located here.
St. Paul’s Church
Across the Plaza is the old century church known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle or St. Paul’s Church. It is a baroque architectural style.
In front of the church is Plaza Salcedo, a monument dedicated to our national hero Jose Rizal, President Elpidio Quirino, Padre Burgos. Gabriela Silang was executed by public hanging in 1763.
At night there’s a fountain dance and colorful lights for the Philippine archipelago.