Vigan Dancing Fountain: A Mesmerizing Experience

YOU MUST BE A TRUE INSENSITIVE PERSON TO BE UNHAPPY seeing beautiful specs of lights and sprinkles of water dancing to the rhythm of music in midair. Still enchanted by the magical view of the Vigan Dancing Fountain and Laser Light show, the experience creeps anew even after a day of witnessing it.

And so the Ilocanos have another tourist spot to be proud of. Some may raise their eyebrows and say its ordinary but what’s interesting with the Vigan Dancing Fountain is the location itself – where could anyone find a modern and grandiose tourist spot in a UNESCO World Heritage City? It’s in Vigan alone. 

Launched last April, the multi million project attracted a huge number of tourists, both in local and international.  The dancing fountain runs a pretty good 15-minute show. Good enough to make the audience drop their jaws and be in awe.

The spectacular show starts with a very thrilling digital drum roll of some sort welcoming the crowd to the heritage city. After a minute or so, the formerly dry Plaza Lagoon then transforms into a majestic arena of colorful laser lights and lively gush of water shooters beautifully dancing to the tune of folk songs like “Kalesa”and “Ilocana” and catchy pop music like “Gangnam Style” and “Moves Like Jagger”.  

The architectural wonder is not only meant to literally dance harmoniously with music but to express and interpret the true mood and emotion of the song being played as well. That’s dramatic.

Artistically situated at the heart of the city, the local “Bellagio Fountains” (that’s the Las Vegas version) of Vigan captures the very soul of its admirers. You would get what I mean, if you try it yourself. Just imagine, while watching the waters shoot their way up in the air, you get that “free-falling” feeling as they come down those silver tubes. It’s fantastic, believe me. I even got the chance to hear the crowd shout a loud and long, “wooooooooow” (read it slowly) as the fountain fired up its stunning choreography. And by the way, you’ll appreciate it best during the evening.

What’s even more mesmerizing about the Vigan dancing fountain is it is amazingly painted against the scenic view of the St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral – wonderful backdrop it is. If not for the conservative nature of the Ilocanos, I might think that the dancing fountain was designed to seduce our senses.

Speaking of design and for the information of everybody, the fountain in Vigan was designed by Korean engineers. Considering its intricate design and construction, its funding is of no joke. I heard over the grapevine that the fountain costs a hundred million. Now that’s a lot of money. And I’m not sure if it’s from the public fund. Well, I just hope we get the return by the sudden boom in the tourism industry of our province.

It’s ironic though that despite the status of the city as a UNESCO site, such project came about. The soft launch was even simultaneously showcased during the lent season. Maybe to take advantage of the visiting tourists, we don’t know… But certainly, as I have observed, the show brought about a lucid shift in the usual customs of the Ilocanos. Instead of visiting the churches or maybe reflecting during lent, most of the Ilocanos preferred to wait and watch the “lights and shooters” show. Believe me, I’m not trying to preach whatsoever, just trying to blurt out my observations.

Old Plaza Salcedo

Plaza Salcedo during Spanish Period. Photo by: Ciudad Fernandina

Anyway, as I was saying, ladies and gentlemen, we call these things “changes”. Nothing is wrong with change as long as we make a way to preserve our tradition and culture. It would be wonderful then to live in a modern time while conserving the Ilocano way of living.

As of this moment, why not go out and fall in love all over again with the stunning aquatic show of the most ambitious project so far of the Ilocanos, the Vigan Dancing Fountain. Relish on the enthralling panorama of the “Fountain-Church” duo and be mesmerized yourself.

Author:Agustin Concepcion Tacod

Love complicates everything.

Agustin is a BS Accountancy student at the University of Northern Philippines. He works for CBAA Biznews.

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