On the western coast of Northern Luzon, in the province of Ilocos Sur, you will find the historic town of Vigan. The collection of ancestral houses, period houses, cobble-stoned streets and horse drawn carriages that can be found here have given Vigan a deserved reputation as the best preserved Spanish colonial town in Asia. As a result Vigan has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Established in the 16th century, Vigan has a wonderful combination of colonial architecture mixed with influences from China and elsewhere in the Philippines giving it a unique feel. The city has many landmarks but perhaps the most notable is Santa Maria Church which was used as a fortress during the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Vigan was lucky to escape US bombing during the Second World War and this has allowed modern day visitors to get a feel for the cultural influence left behind by the Spanish.