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Salamague Port, in the Philippines province of Ilocos, is a newly enlarged port and the jumping-off point for a trip to the Spanish colonial town of Vigan, often referred to by the locals as Vigan City.

Welcome to Salomague Port

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Off to the side, Security was present.


While Salomague Port can accommodate large cruise ships, it is still very much a fishing port.

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Honoring the crews expanding the port


Opting not to take a big bus excursion to Vigan City, we engaged the services of a private cab. Our young driver made up for his weak English language skills with enthusiasm over the trip. As the trip progressed, we found out his wife is a math teacher at the local High School, planning to pursue her Ph.D. in the near future (one of the reasons he was driving a cab). 

On the way to Vigan

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Wilson posing for our driver


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Vigan is "the most intact example in Asia of a planned Spanish colonial town, established in the 16th century." A rich blend of Chinese, Ilocano, and Filipino influences enhances the city.


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As an active rebuilding project was underway, many structures in and around the city were surrounded by scaffolding.


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Fountains in the center of the old town


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Gift of God

 

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House that Fried Chicken built (as if a drunken chicken could build something)


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Shopping


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"What beautiful artifact tops the building undergoing renovation," you ask.

 

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Hmmmmm...


Wending our way back to the port

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Typical small business with transportation available.

 

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'I'm not entirely sure why this old plane sits beside a provincial government building, but it has been there for a while. The trees have grown up around it.


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St. William the Hermit Church in the municipality of Magsingal


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This Reminiscence of World War II was in front of the building next to the church.

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"The killing of a Japanese soldier fixing the telephone lines northwest of the Catholic Church from the bullet of a Filipino soldier of Magsingal Constante Acebedo whose body could not be retrieved not until the 3rd day triggered the ire of the Japanese to jail the Military Officers & Townspeople in this building, formerly the South Central School Building, where they were tortured, suffered the watereure <sp?> & threatened to death. An appeal made by a townmate, Adela Tolentino, to the Japanese Provincial Commander, saved the people from being massacred & the town from being burned."

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Ilocos Province, Philippines
03/18/24

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