"This is indeed a very historic landmark that tourists and travelers who are going to Vigan fail to visit or worse, even fail to discover the significance of it."

Arzobispado Nueva Segovia is the only surviving archbishop residence in the Philippines that was built during the Spanish era and it remains to be intact and still standing with might and power at the heart of the heritage city of Vigan, Philippines. In Vigan, this is simply called palasyo since it is also named as the archbishop palace.

The presence of Arzobispado Nueva Segovia is a symbol of an extreme Roman Catholic power that ruled the Northern parts of the Philippine archipelago during the Spanish era in the Philippines. This is the last and the only remaining 18th century arzobispado in the Philippines.

Ok, maybe we fail to understand what arzobispado means. Arzobispado is the territorial jurisdiction of an archbishop and an archbishop is a highly ranked priest that is assigned to manage a certain geographical scope covered by the Roman Catholic faith.

This archbishop palace remains to be the seat of religious power as it used to be during the Spanish colonial periods to the Philippines.

The structure looks like a typical Old Vigan ancestral structure with capiz windows, arched and wide windows at the ground floor and big entrance doors.

It might look like to be just one of those old Vigan houses and structures but the historical value of this archbishop palace is more valuable than any other old house you see in the Philippines.

Two prominent people in the history of the Philippines have sought refuge in this old building. Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the very first president of the Philippines made this old building as their headquarters when he came to Vigan in 1898.

The following year, Col. James Parker, the head of the American forces who was in the Philippines took over this old building and also made this building as their headquarters.

This is indeed a very historic landmark that tourists and travelers who are going to Vigan fail to visit or worse, even fail to discover the significance of it. This building is a living symbol of the greatest influence of the Spaniards to the Philippines - the Roman Catholic religion.

This historical building is built in front of Nueva Segovia Street in front of the Vigan Metropolitan Cathedral and another historical landmark, the Plaza Salcedo.

In spite of the wars, the Spanish colonization, the American invasion to the Japanese master plans for the Philippines, the role of Arzobizpado de Nueva Segovia never ceased. It remains as it is.

It's purpose from the time it was built until the present days remains to be intact - and that is to continue to spread unity, harmony, peace and faith in God to the people under it's jurisdiction that even World War I and II were unable to stop it

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  1. michi... you should have visited it. You have a reason to go back to Ilocos :)

  2. it's good to feature this as people would only focus on the ones along calle crisologo. i like your take on not the usual spots. keep it up Edmar.

  3. @Sir Dom. Thank you po. Yep, I really overhype the non-touristy spots. :))

  4. Nice place. A not so known but good thing you can help it to be known :)

  5. I noticed the building when we went to Vigan last year, tried to get some photos but they weren't that good so I didn't include one in my post. But I'm glad to know its historical importance, you really did well in researching info about certain places, good post! :)

  6. yup, I even actually went inside and found some more interesting info and I will be posting it soon :)

  7. may museum jan diba? kaso parang bawal ata mag picture...

  8. Christian Lucas Sangoyo | Kuya merun, at pwedeng mag-picture :)

  9. When I went to Vigan last Jan 29-31, I was the guest of Fr. Ducusin and stayed at the Arzobizpado. I was amazed by the furnitures, heirlooms and antique religious inside. It is like a mini-museum. The food and hospitality was superb too.

  10. Fr. Gary V. | Great to hear that Fr! I wasn't able to go inside because I came in the wrong time. I, sure will do see it next time :)

  11. I mean, I went inside the hall but not in the rooms :)

  12. I will never forget this place. Dito kami natulog when we arrived early morning around 4:45 AM. We were traveling by bus. This is so memorable for me dahil first stop namin dito sa pilgrimage namin year 2014. I love Vigfan so much! One of the best places I have visited. I am from Cebu City pala. Really want to visit Vigan again.

    1. Sephorah Garcia | You seemed to love my hometown so much. I'm glad that you had beautiful memories here, Sephorah.

      I also love Cebu. I can't wait to go back. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š


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