Come second (and last) day, I really wanted to catch dawn at Calle Crisologo but the lazy ass in me woke up past 7 am already. After packing our things and saying good byes to the kind and generous people who accomodated us, we went to a weaving center to check out how local fabric is made.
Rowilda’s Handloom Weaving does not only showcase one of the famous industries of Ilocos but also preserves the traditional skills that the locals are known for. It said that weaving subjects are included in the academic curriculum to reeducate students with the said expertise. The owner of Rowilda’s acquired training in Manila that’s why designs on fabrics show contemporary styles and aesthetics. Product varieties can go from table cloths, blankets, and even sashes for school graduations. My mom bought a few pieces of napkins and blankets which cost her around 100-350 pesos.
Over the years, the family hasn’t gone to any trips whether it’s for a get together or just a spontaneous adventure. This year it was different because we headed to the Northern part of the Philippines at Vigan, Ilocos Sur last Christmas Day. The original plan was to go there at an earlier date but due to some reasons, we pushed through on a later date, the night of December 25. On three cars following each other, the whole trip almost took us 12 exhausting hours including a number of stop overs.
To cut the long “trip” short (because I just slept the majority of the trip), we were already at the La Union-Ilocos Sur boundary when I woke up. We passed by a long strip of sea shore which I guess is part of Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur already. We did a little (and final) stop here and reached Vigan City proper in about 1 hour. We met Tito Boy, a family friend who lives at a neabry place called Caoayan, at the Vigan Cathedral and headed to his place right away. The plan was to settle there and wander around the city before booking a hotel to stay in. Genius plan, right? Kidding aside, we overlooked the number of tourists that time, that no single place was available come night time. Ugh, stressful.