Calle Crisologo is one of the main tourist attractions in the city of Vigan. A fairly well-preserved cobblestone street, a few hundred meters in length, and lined with many old buildings (that are intact, restored or in disrepair), it certainly takes one back a century or more to Vigan at its peak. It was interesting to see the names on several of the old buildings, as they obviously referred to the families that owned them or lived in them at some point. I didnâ€™t realize the Syquiaâ€™s had a base in Vigan, for example. Or there were several other prominent names in mortar. Calle Crisologo is now lined with handicraft and curio shops and some furniture and antiques dealers. We purchased a few touristy items here and there and even browsed through several of the antiques shops. Much of the furniture on offer is new, and some that are passed off as real antiques are sometimes a bit questionable, at best. However, there WERE finds. And while early in the trip, Mrs. MM and I managed to acquire several pieces at unbelievably reasonable prices. What clinched the deal was promised delivery to our home in Manila for free within two weeks from the time of purchase!
We got several t-shirts as pasalubongs from one of many of these storesâ€¦
The Kid and Mrs. MM took a ride in a calesa around town (Marketman declined, trying to spare the horse the incredible weight)â€¦
We found several old narra bauls or chests with new bone inlay and with charming touches like the iron burn mark from an old-fashioned iron, at very very good pricesâ€¦
â€¦and we even spied this stunning table that was done in molave with kamagong and bone inlay. It is NEW, crafted from old pieces of molave and patterned after a classic style of furniture, an altar table, if I am not mistakenâ€¦ and it was simply beautiful. And at say roughly PHP40,000 or $800, it was about 1/3rd the price that stores in Manila might ask for it. And had it been an original antique, you would be lucky to acquire it for less than 8x that amountâ€¦ Up next, Marketmanâ€™s absolute favorite surprise find in Vigan storesâ€¦