When one mentions Vigan Church, people immediately associate the term with the squat St. Paul Cathedral sitting near the town plaza. But the city has another beautiful church on its ground, albeit a smaller one. Located at the edge of an old cemetery, Vigan’s Simbaan a Bassit sits proudly with its beautiful facade amidst the chaos of electric wires and silent tombstones.
It’s name, Simbaan a Bassit, is an Ilocano term which literally translates to Small Church. And the church is indeed petite. It can maybe seat only a hundred; it is more of a capilla or a chapel, really.
I have witnessed it being used for burial rites before, but I’ve also seen it used for regular Sunday masses.