Going to Vigan simply is reliving the past; there is just no other way to put it.
“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” – T. Hardy
The ancient buildings, cobblestone roads and kalesas (horse carriages) will definitely transport anyone to the Philippines’ Spanish colonial era.
You will find enough relics around Vigan to make you feel like traveled through time.
(Vigan’s cobblestone roads.)
(Bantay Bell Tower built in 1590, one of Vigan’s relics.)
But as much as Vigan reveres its past, there are signs that it is moving on.
As an example slowly old establishments are being replaced by modern ones.
(Modern age catching up.)
No matter how this certain past tries to cling on to the Vigan’s relevant history, soon it would be forgotten as another would take its place.
That is just how the world works.
Each moment that takes place overwrites the old past.
In Vigan you will realize that the hands of time don’t wait and most would be lost in pages of history.
(Time is ticking.)
Therefore it is most likely that Vigan’s relics would fade in time. But there are just some things that time can’t fade.
In the future what would probably remain are the type of people that make Vigan wonderful.
Potters who would take time to teach you how to mold clay despite their busy schedule.
(Potters personally teaching their craft)
Mr.Kalesa driver who would enthusiastically tell very piece of history that he knows about Vigan.
(Kalesa driver and private story teller.)
The restaurant staff who would treat you like a VIP, letting you dine even if they had already planned on closing.
(Very accommodating indeed.)
The receptionist who never stop asking if you are having a great time and what she can do to make you experience better.
(Here to please and serve you.)
They all will still be there defying the laws of time.
I believe in the strong probability that the foundations of the Philippine society of humility, hospitality would still be present in Vigan in the future.
Just in case I am wrong, you’ll just have to visit Vigan to experience it for yourself before it is gone.
(Nicco Lampa visited Vigan, Philippines on January 9, 2011 until January 10, 2011)