The Organization of the World Heritage Cities was created on September 8, 1993, in Fez (Marocco). In commemoration of this big event, September 8 was declared “Solidarity Day of the World Heritage Cities” and all these cities are welcomed to commemorate it every year by organizing different activities that aim at highlighting their uniqueness.
In Vigan this special day is actually commemorated with week-long festivities aimed to stress the important responsibility of the city to protect as well as promote the world heritage structures that date back from the 18th and 19th century.
The festivities starts with the Repazzo de Vigan, the participants dramatize the Biguenos’ way of life from Spanish time. Next is the Historia Oral. The Historia Oral is a wonderful opportunity for listeners to learn about Vigan’s history, culture and day-to-day life straight from the mouths of the old, ordinary Vigan folks. Visitors can also watch out for the Fotografias de Recuerdos, where photographs and paintings are exhibited at Vigan’s Culture and Trade Center.