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    Posted May 5, 2012 by
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     KarlGrobl leads photography tours around the world. He captured this iReport in Vigan, which is a World Heritage City in the Philippines, on the island of Luzon. He says one of the highlights of the city is its colonial Spaniard influences. The city is studded with cobble stone roads, and people can still take rides on horse drawn carriages, he says.
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    In the UNESCO World Heritage city of Vigan, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines the use of the handlooms and other weaving accessories can be traced from early Spanish occupation. This equipment was used in homes to weave cloth for blankets, pillow cases and clothes. These crafts were said to be a major export during the period of the Spanish galleon trade. Today weavers are still active using age-old methods of creating this traditional craft. Pottery making in Vigan was introduced by early Chinese immigrants. The west side of Vigan is abundant in grade A clay used in jar and pottery- making in nearby barangays/villages. The jar-making trade was passed on from generation to generation and is still very active in Vigan. In pre-colonial times, Vigan was an important trading post for Chinese junks, trading gold beeswax and other products from the central Cordilleras for exotic Asian goods. Many Chinese traders settled in the mestizo district, marrying locals and starting new bloodlines. Vigan was captured and settled by the Spanish in 1572, and grew to become a center of Spanish political and religious power in the north of Luzon. The cobblestone streets of Vigan’s historic district, where horse-drawn carriages are still a popular form of transportation, provide a wonderful for photography. The horse drawn carriage or “calesa” was one of the modes of transportation introduced in the Philippines in the 18th century by the Spaniards that only nobles and high ranked officials could afford. Although the calesa has become a rarity, some century-old examples are still preserved in areas of the Philippines, such as the city of Vigan and Laoag.

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