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Revisionism Tourism

Revisionism Tourism

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I had the chance to visit Vigan last month, and I made a trip to Calle Crisologo to see the famous Spanish era street. Did the the touristy thing and took pics.

Then on the way home I passed through the PAL airport in Manila and saw a wall-sized poster of where I just was.

Dunno, was a bit disturbed by how different the two places looked. See for yourself:

Airport Poster:

My Pic:
  • Can this picture get any sadder?

    Someone should have Restoration powers in Heroes. How about that?! Way more interesting than having a mirror identity who beats up people for sure.
    • Yeah, Karen. Damn depressing. Vigan itself is like a regular town, with one single, solitary strip of tourist bait, that street. And it was run-down like anything. And there are heaps of commercial establishments all over in Laoag now - Max's, Jollibee, McDonald's, Red Ribbon, etc. - all dressed in faux 19th century Spanish archi. I was disappointed.
      • Oops. I mean Vigan. Laoag is two hours away, and another world entirely. Sowee.
  • so sad! i haven't been to vigan and this post makes me not want to go anymore. magpapabili nalang ako ng famous longanisa nila!
  • (Anonymous)
    Hi Adel! Is it the exact same building? Some structures there are worse off than And then again, it has been years since I saw them. But I wouldn't be surprised if there's actually no real restoration or preservation effort going on. Hay naku. Maybe if Tom Cruise visits and makes pansin the deterioration of Calle Crisologo, biglang umikot ang puwet ng local government (baka pati national - kaninong puwet ba umikot noon tungkol sa cobblestoned street?).

  • Subject2

    Hi all!

  • Idetrorce

    very interesting, but I don't agree with you
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