Viva San Pablo, Viva Vigan

Vigan is home to different festivals, and the Longganisa Festival is the kick off of these cultural celebrations in the city. As it jumpstarts other celebrations in the region, the city government of Vigan usually makes sure that the locals and tourists will experience nothing but the best. The Longganisa Festival is held every 22nd day of January, the commemoration of the cityhood anniversary and the Vigan City Fiesta is on January 25th, the feast day of St. Paul, our Patron St. These double celebration revolved on the thanksgiving for all the gains that the city have reaped over the past years.
To revel on the two occasions, several activities were lined-up, on January 18, an academic competition was undertaken by DepED Vigan City Division followed by the Education Day on January 19 where they paraded in the morning, competed in the Marching Band Exhibition at Plaza Burgos and capped their night with Students and Teachers Got Talent contest. January 20 is a Gay Pride Day, an alay gupit was held in the morning and was participated in by the Gaybelles Association of Vigan. At night a “Loud and Proud” concert was staged at Plaza Burgos by the Lola Divas and the LGBT Vigan Chapter. The Balikatan and Agricultural Day was held on January 21, wherein it kicked of with the Agri-Float Parade in the morning and in the evening, Ms Balikatan 2016 was crowned followed by the Modern Dance Competition. January 22 was the highlight of the celebration, the promotion of our local product, the Vigan Longganisa was intensified with the holding of the Longganisa Cookfest showdown wherein ten teams from the different restaurants/hotels and schools participated in the competition. At 3 pm in the afternoon the much awaited Longganisa Street Dancing Competition was held followed by their showdown at Plaza Burgos. The NGOs and Social Services Day was held on January 23 with a parade in the morning followed their medical mission, blood letting & typing at the Vigan Culture and Trade Center. The crowning of the Vigan Infantile King and Queen was also held on the same day, as with the NGO Dance Craze competition featuring 70s music. On the 24th, the Metro Vigan Dancesport Club/Balik Vigan Night add merriment to the fiesta as Ms. Ilocos Surian Hawaii was crowned by Governor Ryan Singson. The Vigan City Fiesta was the grandest day as it started with a Concelebrated Mass at the Conversion of St. Paul Cathedral followed by the Grand Parade participated in by the City Officials headed by Mayor Eva Marie S. Medina , city employees, Provincial Officials, provincial government offices, national government offices, business establishments. Media, NGO, public and private schools and many more. In the evening, Dr. Gilbert Arce was awarded as the Bigueño of the Year 2016 followed by the crowning of Ms Vigan 2016 Queen Charizza of the Government Sector. The final day of the celebration was carried on by the AVQ Productions featuring a Fashion Show, Zarzuela Ilokana and a raffle draw.