Authentic may have been an overrated, over-used and overkilled travelling term, but authentic is written all over Vigan’s restaurant’s menus, its antique looks and their bucolic way of living. Authentic is Vigan’s perfect description, and not just because of its old houses. Vigan is genuine and true to its root. Evidences of the colonial times still exist and modernism hasn’t spread all over the place. The food are distinctive and culinary is of their own style. The pottery industry still runs as good business. Livelihood is basic and life is simple. Vigan remains pure and unerring. The Baluarte Zoo is not abused by its visitors and rules are highly respected. Tourism certainly has not been swayed and exploited by too much commercialism. It is untouched by corporate world, not congested with big companies and no big cheese walking around in his suit.
And I hope that, like their ancient houses, everything stays as it is. It’d be always nice to know for Vigan to remain …with valued and appreciated, well-kept authenticity.