Province of Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Sur (Filipino:Timog Ilokos) is a province of the Philippines located along the western coast of Northern Luzon. Ilocos Sur is bounded by Ilocos Norte in the North, Abra in the Northeast, Mt. Province in the East, Benguet in the Southeast, La Union in the South and Luzon Sea and Lingayen Gulf in the West. The province falls within latitudes 16° 40’ to 17° 54’ north and longitudes 120° 20’ to 120° 56’ east. Vigan City, the provincial capital is approximately 408 kilometers by road from Manila, 128 kilometers north of San Fernando City, and 80 kilometers south of Laoag City.
Ilocos Sur is the heartland of the Ilocos region. It has an area of 2,579.6 square kilometers occupying about 20.1 percent of the total land area of the Ilocos Region. It is bounded on the north by Ilocos Norte and Abra, and on the south by La Union. Benguet and Mountain Province rise on the east while the blue depths of the South China Sea lie to the west. Vigan, its capital, evokes memoirs of wonderful past. Its capital town is one of Philippines’ premier historic destination and is known worldwide for its collection of restored houses and artifacts. It is a living testament to our splendid history.
(Aug. 1, 2007)
Gregorio del Pilar (Concepcion)
San Juan (Lapog)
The province of Ilocos Sur is where the Ilocos Region’s myriad of cultures and histories converge to become a living museum of a spirited past. A national shrine, a national landmark, a national museum, heritage museums, ancestral houses, period houses, cobble-stoned streets – they all share space in the timeless land of Ilocos Sur. Found in the province is the historic city of Vigan, which was inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in November 1999. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines and from China with those from Europe to create a unique culture and townscape without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. Its Kamestizoan District is replete with ancestral houses with ancient tiled roofs, massive hardwood floorings, ballustrades and azoteas in varying Spanish-Mexican-Chinese architectural styles. Centuries-old Sta. Maria Church, declared a National Landmark, was used as a fortress during the Philippine Revolution of 1896. Tirad Pass, declared a National Shrine, had been the last stand of the Filipino Revolutionary Forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo of that same period. Bessang Pass served as the backdoor to General Yamashita’s last ditch defense during the last stage of World War II.
Ilocos Sur Islands Philippines
Historical Sites of Ilocos Sur
Tirad Pass, Ilocos Sur Historical Sites
Declared as a National Shrine, it is located in...
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