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Cultural Events: Vigan Islands Philippines

World Heritage Cities Solidarity Day, Vigan City Islands PhilippinesWorld Heritage Cities Solidarity Day

Held every 8th day of September, the City of Vigan joins other World Heritage Sites to promote the conservation of natural and man-made heritage for the benefit of mankind.

In the entire Philippine archipelago, it is only Vigan City that celebrates this momentous event.

Viva Vigan Festival of Arts
Viva Vigan Festival of Arts, Vigan City Islands PhilippinesIn an effort to increase public awareness of Vigan as a unique historic city to be conserved and protected, the Save Vigan Ancestral Homes Association, Inc. (SVAHAI), a local non-government organization involved in the conservation of Vigan Heritage, initiated the 1st Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts in May 1993. With the help of members of print and broadcast media, as well as Manila-based proponents of conservation, the first festival was a success.

Encouraging public response has made festival a yearly activity. It has also proven to be a stimulus for the local tourism industry. Over the past years, the Viva Vigan Festival has become one of the biggest cultural events in the North, attracting domestic and foreign visitors who come to Vigan on a pilgrimage to our heritage.

Viva Vigan is held every 1st week of May. It features a calesa parade, binatbatan street dancing, ramada games, religious rituals, santacruzan, bankathon, exhibits, trade/food fairs, abel-iloco fashion show and other exciting events.

Calesa Parade
For many years now, Calesa Parade became the main attraction of the Viva Vigan Festival of the Arts. It features around 100 calesa (horse-drawn vehicle) decorated with indigenous materials in accordance to the theme of the Viva Vigan.

Calesa Parade, Vigan City Islands Philippines Calesa Parade, Vigan City Islands Philippines

Binatbatan Street Dancing
Binatbatan Street Dancing, Vigan City Islands PhilippinesIntroduced in Viva Vigan 2002 as one of the highlights of the celebration, Binanbatan Street Dancing is as colorful and interesting as other street dancing in the country. Binatbatan is a dance using a pair of bamboo sticks.

Its movements depict the process of producing yarn from the cotton plant which is use in the abel iloco weaving industry. It features the young and old bigueños wearing an abel iloco costume and together dancing across the historic streets of Vigan City.

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