Vigan City is the capital city of Ilocos Sur. The city itself (Historic Town of Vigan) has been designated as UNESCO Heritage Site in 1999. It is unique among Philippines’ towns because it is the most extensive and only surviving historic city of the country that dates back to the 16th century Spanish colonial period. It has also been recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities of the world in May 2015.
Laoag is the capital city of Ilocos Norte of Region 1 and has been the northernmost city of the country (487 km from Manila). This city’s ethnic population is overwhelmingly Ilocano and “The Aglipayan Church” as the majority’s religion. Gained the moniker “The Sunshine City” of the Philippines, Laoag City derived its name from the Ilocano word which means “light or bright”.