Vigan is the capital of the northern province Ilocus Sur. Its Spanish architecture and cobblestone streets has remained intact and earns it a World Heritage site appointment. A throwback to the 18th century, kalesas (horse-drawn carriages) are still plentiful on the streets. If you can block out the tourists noise, it's tempting to imagine a romantic lifestyle within the houses here. The capiz shell windows evoke the vanished art of harana (serenade), Maria Clara gowns, and lace fans.