The Heritage City of Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur province, is one of the 28 finalists for the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World.
The country’s oldest surviving Spanish colonial city that dates back to the 16th century is one of the five heritage sites in the Philippines.
According to the Swiss firm New7Wonders, the other finalists are Athens in Greece, Bangkok in Thailand, Barcelona in Spain, Beirut in Lebanon, Casablanca in Morocco, Chicago in USA, Doha in Qatar, Durban in South Africa, Havana in Cuba, Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam, Istanbul in Turkey, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Kyoto in Japan, La Paz in Bolivia, London in the United Kingdom, Mendoza in Argentina, Mexico City in Mexico, Mumbai in India, Perth in Australia, Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Prague in the Czech Republic, Quito in Ecuador, Reykjavik in Iceland, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Seoul in South Korea, Shenzhen in China, and Vancouver in Canada.
Vigan is known for its narrow cobblestone streets and old houses. The Saint Paul’s Cathedral, built in 1574 and completed in 1800, is a center of Catholic devotion for centuries.
The city is officially included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List of Sites and Monuments—a list of over 600 cultural and natural properties worldwide that have exceptional universal value.
The local government of Vigan called on Filipinos to vote for the city’s inclusion to the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World through www.new7wonders.com. Deadline for voting is December 2014.