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Vigan City Named One of Asia’s Top 13 Most Picturesque Towns

There are thousands of cities spread across the 48 countries in Asia. Thus, it is an honor for Vigan City to be picked among Asia’s top 13 most picturesque towns!

And while many of the towns and cities picked on the list showcased rugged mountains, beautiful rice paddies and countryside views, and tropical islands, Vigan City stands out with its gorgeous Spanish colonial-era architecture, the best you can find in Asia.

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Established in 1572 by Spanish colonizers, it is not surprising that the city features a lot of Spanish colonial-era architecture. But what is impressive is that the city was able to preserve many of these centuries-old infrastructures, most of which are placed around the city square.

The city owes its beautifully planned out structure to Conquistador Juan de Salcedo developed a grid-like plan that mapped out where everything should be placed. Set in the center of town, the white and yellow St. Paul’s Cathedral is a focal point that you should not miss when visiting this beautiful city. In front is Plaza Salcedo, the city’s central square.

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Around the park are many colonial buildings that are landmarks in their own right. Truly a picturesque place, there are plenty of picture-perfect spots across the city for the best Instagram post.

When in Vigan, don’t ever miss a tour of Calle Crisologo just a short walk from Plaza Salcedo. With kalesas (horse-drawn carriages) that actually offer rides and tours, you feel like you are transported back in time as you pass the well-preserved heritage houses along this old street that features cobblestone paths.

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Day or night, this place is magical. It is easy to envision Spanish conquestadors and beautiful mestizas still taking a stroll along this centuries-old calle, admiring the grand mansions.

Asia’s Top 13 Most Picturesque Towns

A UNESCO World Heritage City, Vigan City is truly a great place to visit. Its inclusion on the list makes it an even more exciting place to add on your bucket list.

The towns and cities that made it to the list, in alphabetical order:

  • City of Vigan, Philippines
  • Galle, Sri Lanka
  • George Town, Malaysia
  • Ghandruk, Nepal
  • Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Kampot, Cambodia
  • Kota Gede, Indonesia
  • Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Mawlynnong, India
  • Phuket Town, Thailand
  • Sai Kung, Hong Kong
  • Yufuin, Japan
  • Zhouzhuang, China

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Teacher Goes Viral after Replying to Student Before Going to Her Wedding

We all know that most teachers are dedicated to their jobs and are often spending a lot of overtime work to finish lessons, grades, and various reports. But one teacher recently went viral after replying to a student before going to her wedding! Now, that’s truly dedication…

Teacher Replies to Student Before Her Wedding

It is said that teaching is a noble job because their work does not stop when they go out of the classroom.

More often than not, they still spend lots of hours after school is done because there are still a lot of lessons to prepares, papers and projects to check, assignments and seatworks to be corrected, grades to be made, reports to be submitted, and so much more. Even during weekends, teachers still have a lot of things to do.

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Recently, a teacher showed that their work really isn’t done even outside their duties inside the school. Irish Jeanne Bautista wowed netizens after she replied to a student’s message even if she was busy preparing for her wedding.

The student was asking about something related to a submission of a paper; though it was not indicated whether the paper was an assignment, test paper, or project. Apparently, the teacher was able to check this student’s paper but the others were reportedly not there. However, the student was puzzled because the paper was submitted along with the others.

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Though she was already busy at the time with wedding preparations, the teacher took time to reply to the student. She was not able to resolve the girl’s query, but the teacher made sure that the student did not feel that she was being ignored.

Wait lang, Larah… Ikakasal lang si Ma’am. Replyan kita later,” the teacher replied, with matching emojis.

What are Emojis?

Emojis are digital icons or images that convey an emotion, idea, profession, logo, animals, expressions, buildings and places, etc.

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Vendor Goes Viral for Bringing Pet Dog on Bike While Selling Peanuts

A vendor recently went viral for bringing his beloved pet dog on a bike while he is selling peanuts.

The dog might be having a difficult time in that makeshift basket and the man is also having a hard time pushing the broken bike, yet they seem to enjoy their life together – and the vendor wants to continue bringing his dog along while roams around the city to sell his peanuts.

Peanut Vendor Brings Pet Dog on Bike

A lot of animal lovers treat their pets as part of the family, not just as dogs or cats in the house. That’s why an elderly vendor in Cebu City brings his pet dog along, even if that meant that the animal is tied on a leash and goes with him on a makeshift basket he placed on his bike.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

Netizen Franklin Ramos Mariscal shared photos of the peanut vendor and his dog, narrating how he met them by chance while he was walking along the South Bus Terminal on his way home. At first, Franklin thought that the man was strolling along with his dog, but he would later meet them again after he crossed the street.

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According to the peanut vendor, his pet is a puppy Golden Retriever. He brings the dog along because he enjoys the dog’s company and is clearly an animal lover, Franklin observed. However, pushing that broken bike with the heavy dog made his back ache, the old man added.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

Taking pity on the old man, Franklin decided to share his story so that netizens could also help him by buying from him when they happen to see him.

But the story would soon go viral, with netizens from faraway places also offering help. So, Franklin decided to accept donations for the old man so they can send him some groceries. Some netizens also suggested getting the old man a bike with sidecar so the dog will be more comfortable while the old man will be safer riding the bike.

Photo credit: Franklin Ramos Mariscal / Facebook

Sidecar for Bikes and Motorcycles

Most bicycles and motorcycles are sold as they are, with just two wheels, but people in places like the Philippines have made modifications to add a sidecar and a third wheel to make these vehicles more serviceable. The sidecar allows the user to bring more goods on the vehicle or even have more passengers.

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Online Shop Gives Free Blackpink Album to Courier Rider’s Daughter

An online shop selling K-pop merch has gone viral after giving a free Blackpink album to a courier rider’s daughter! The sweet gesture earned praise from netizens who were amazed that they would give the expensive item for free — and the courier rider did not even ask for it.

Generous Online Shop Gives Free K-Pop Merch

With the Korean wave still up in many countries across Asia and even as far as the US and some parts of Europe, a lot of online shops are chasing in on their popularity with K-pop merch also being top sellers. But it is also a reality that not all K-pop fans have the money to buy all the merch they wish to collect, especially because such could be expensive.

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But the generous owner of a K-pop merch shop wowed netizens after sharing a free album to one of their courier riders.

ABest Express rider Ralph Paul De Leon messaged 7for7Shoppe to ask whether they have Blackpink’s “THE ALBUM”, something that his daughter wanted to have as present for her 15th birthday. After learning that this will actually be Yawina’s first Blackpink merch.

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Aly, one of the shop owners, explained that though they sell K-POP merch at the shop she co-owns with friends Gab and Ianna, the item Yawina wants is being sold at another shop she co-owns with another group of friends, Jona and Mitche of BananaMilk PH.

Instead of selling the album to their hardworking ‘suki’ courier rider, Aly decided to gift it to his daughter instead.

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…I think na albums are expensive talaga. It’s not for all kumbaga. So sa ‘kin parang instead of selling it, why not just give it instead. Kasi po birthday din naman ng one (GOT7) member nung day na ‘yun (Tito Jaebeom 😂), so celebration na rin po sana,” explained Aly.

We are fans too kaya alam namin the happiness it could give to someone. And cute kasi talaga ng dad, ang supportive.

Aside from giving “The ALBUM”, 7for7Shoppe also sent Yawina a poster and some unofficial Blackpink photo cards.

Photo credit: 7for7Shoppe / Twitter

The happy dad later shared a photo of Yawina happily showing off the merch she received from the shop.

Photo credit: 7for7Shoppe / Twitter

What is Merch?

“Merch” is actually short for “merchandise”. It is a common term used today for collectible items that are often associated with popular figures such as YouTubers, artists, vloggers, or various personalities.

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