The Wonderful People of Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Ilocanos have a reputation for Austerity.

But We never realized that they are such a fun-loving people.








  1. Becky Quema de los Reyes said,

    April 8, 2008 at 2:50 am

    Manong Toto,

    How I wish I could bring back the good old times we all had in Vigan years ago!!! What with our laughter and stories about anything and anybody!!! Oh well…

    Just come and visit anytime… Gloria is willing to cook for you in her brand-new kitchen overlooking the “bangsal” ( “azotea” ) which is filled now with plants!!!

    Take care and I hope I can go back to this site… Tess had to teach me… She’s a computer freak while I am……

    Manang Becky

  2. April 7, 2008 at 9:18 am


    Great to see you here, my friend!!!

    I really miss Vigan!!! Not only for the great manses and fabulous antiques, but for the really fun people you introduced us to who have become such great friends: “Manang” This and “Manong” That!!!

    And please give my best regards to your dear housekeeper “Manang Glori” / Gloria — “The Ultimate Vilmanian” — who promises the best for Vilma Santos if ever she should visit Vigan, Ilocos Sur!!!

    I’m just so busy I can’t even visit my friends — like you and Tess — in the city!!!

    Warmest regards to Nana Fip.


    Toto Gonzalez

  3. Becky Quema de los Reyes said,

    April 7, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Hi Toto,

    Tess and Joey demanded that I read your blog!!! Thank God I did for I really enjoyed reading all your stories… actually, I miss you telling stories in “living color”!!! By the way, thanks for featuring our house above… You really have not been to Vigan for soooo long because the house now has been painted back to its old glory and has been repaired!!! Come visit us anytime!!! Our Gloria always asks about you!!! Take care and make us smile each day!!!

    Becky de los Reyes

  4. LCIN said,

    April 2, 2008 at 6:29 am

    You should have seen the family mansions of the Agcaoili ( before the bank took over ) and the Brillantes families of Laoag. 🙂

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