Calle Crisologo was named after Mena Pecson Crisologo, an Ilokano writer of the Spanish era. The place is a 4-block street with old houses which were houses of the elite Filipino-Chinese traders of the Spanish time. The houses in the area showcases old brick roofs, thick walls, huge doors, cobblestone streets, sliding Capiz shell windows and old staircases. Also the locals have put up stores and restaurants for tourists offering wood works, local delicacies and local products. This place will surely give the tourists the feel of the old Spanish era.
It was an early walk, around 6-7 am, along the streets. For me, this is the best time to see the place since the stores are closed and the streets are not flooded by a lot of tourists. Seeing the houses really made me feel like I was in the Spanish era. Although some of the houses were already painted, one end of the street managed to preserve the thick stone walls.
You would also see the famous “Kalesa” or horse-drawn carriage around which gives the place a more historical feel. of course, we rode one, I wouldn’t miss it for the world! LOL
We went buy stuff after, from bagnet to longanissa, yep! food, food and food! of course we also bought shirts to remind us of the trip.
and our lakwatsa continues…
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