sébastien cuvelier

eunma town
instant star
gypsy queens
fascination street
remember your past
soul of asia
no parking
slum smiles
faraway, so close
day on earth
goldorak: a day in the life
music is the master



Vigan is a UNESCO heritage-listed northern Philippines town which is considered the finest example of Spanish colonial architecture in Asia. The town has been miraculously spared from world war 2 bombings and some of its streets still have this 16th century feeling.

Vigan is also a town which has evolved over time, has become modern and in turn needed some strict measures in order to preserve its historical center. As such, some streets are traffic-free except for the throwback kalesas (horse carriages), while most streets in the vintage mestizo district apply strict regulations on parking of motorized vehicles.

Rather than focusing on the clichés of the past, I thought it was more interesting to show what a traditional Spanish colonial town looks like today. By picking only snapshots bearing the ubiquitous no parking sign, one can see the town as it really is, with a blend of past and present, not hiding anything.


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