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Vigan

capital city of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines

One of the New 7 Wonders Cities

Vigan

Ilocos Sur, Philippines

Vigan, officially the City of Vigan (Ilocano: Ciudad ti Bigan; Filipino: Lungsod ng Vigan) is a fourth-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 where its structures have 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. 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); and 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.

Philippines

Interesting Facts

Vigan


Population

53.88 thousand

Area

25.12 square kilometre

Instance of

city of the Philippines

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New 7 Wonders Cities

Havana

capital city and commercial centre of Cuba

Kuala Lumpur

capital of Malaysia

La Paz

De facto capital city of Bolivia

Durban

city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Doha

capital of Qatar

Beirut

capital of Lebanon

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