The heritage village of Vigan has their two plazas: Plaza Salcedo and Plaza Burgos. Both were named after a conqueror, Juan de Salcedo and a great Filipino hero, Fr. Jose Burgos. Both plazas are usually used as the place were locals spends their leisure time.
Plaza Burgos is built in honor to commemorate the martyrdom of Father Jose P. Burgos, one of the three Filipino priests who sacrificed his life when they fought for a reformation between the treatments of the Spanish clergymen to the Filipino priests.
The three martyrs are popularly known as GomBurZa, short for Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora.
Location and Nearby Attractions
Plaza Burgos, the smaller one, is located beside St. Paul Cathedral’s Bell Tower. You can easily identify the plaza when you see a tall memorial monument with inscriptions of Dr. J. P. Burgos and statements about Fr. Burgos’ life. A few meters from it stands Fr. Burgos’ statue.
Since the plaza is located in Vigan, its nearby tourist attractions are Calle Crisologo where the famous century-old stone houses or bahay na bato from the Spanish occupation are located, the St. Paul’s Cathedral.
The plaza also has a mini-park where visitors can sit and enjoy the ambiance within the area as well as a playground for the children to play. Commercial establishments are also available near the plaza and are built inspired by the Spanish-colonial architecture within Vigan.
Plaza Burgos is also a haven for foodie travelers as food kiosks selling different snacks and local dishes are spread throughout the plaza. Empanadahans, one of Vigan’s best snacks are being sold in the area. It is highly recommended for the visitors to try Vigan’s Empanada.
The fried-wrapped of local meat with vegetable-filled pastry is one of the best snacks in the country. The empanada is best matched when dipped to their famous Vigan vinegar as it leaves a delicious taste.