Vigan, Ilocos Sur – Monol International Education Institute brought students to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on May 20, 2017.
The students assembled in front of the academy at 7:30 am where the shuttle bus was waiting. The trip from Baguio to Ilocos Sur takes approximately six hours including stop overs. The group was welcomed by a cloudy weather upon arriving in Vigan at 1 pm.
After having a taste of local cuisine for lunch, the students started touring the city starting off with kalesa ride to various historical sites such as Bantay Bell Tower nearby St. Agustine Church, museums including Padre Burgos Museum and old Ilocos Sur Provincial Jail which houses some of the artifacts of the infamous Basi Revolt, and pottery factory where the students got to experience clay pot-making first hand. After the kalesa ride, the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo, which is the main attraction of the city because of its preserved Spanish houses, was explored.
Despite the gloomy weather and drizzles, the students all-in-all had a great time as the magic fountain show ended the inimitable trip.
Along with the vision of living up to the balance between learning and living, Monol weekend trips are held every two weeks for students to immerse in the Philippine culture as well as practice their English skills in a more experiential way.