Towards New Millenium
At present, under the leadership of its first lady Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina, Vigan was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List of Sites and Monuments last December 2, 1999 which now includes 630 cultural and natural properties of exceptional universal value in entire the world and one of the only five heritage sites found in the Philippines. With its inclusion in said prestigious list of world heritage sites, Vigan has become a source of pride, and a national symbol of the Filipinos.
As a sign of its continuing economic boom in the new millennium, Vigan became the first component city of the province of Ilocos Sur known as the City of Vigan through an overwhelming “Yes” votes cast by the Bigueños during the plebiscite last January 22, 2001. Indeed, once a city is always a city.