Vigan City Mayor Bonito Singson is set to launch the Ciudad de Vigan Pasaporte de Turista on April 28, 2023, coinciding with the City’s 2023 Binatbatan Festival of the Arts.
The Vigan Tourist passport is a booklet that is similar to a regular passport, available in three (3) colors, purely for tourism purposes only and valid only in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. The program aims at promoting its rich cultural history while also supporting local businesses. Visitors can get a special stamp on their passport whenever they purchase items or services from partner establishments wherein they can earn points which can later be redeemed for special discounts and freebies.
The Vigan Tourist Passport can be purchased at designated booths or online around the City for an affordable price. The booklet comes with locally-made items like Vigan Longganisa, Abel Iloko products, or mini burnay jars. The passport also includes brief history about Vigan and iconic figures with great contributions to Vigan’s storied past. A QR code is also found in the booklet that shows the city’s many points of interest.
Mayor Singson sees this initiative as one of several planned legacy projects for the city with hopes to boost its tourism industry while also promoting its unique heritage and supporting local businesses.
Grand launching of the Vigan Tourist Passport will be on April 28, 2023 at Calle Crisologo. A motorcade will be held in the morning and the launching program will happen in the evening at 6:00 PM. See you there!