April 27, 2014


Aside from empanada, bagnet, longganisa and chichacorn, Vigan is also famous for its burnay. 

Burnay is  Ilocano term for earthenware jars. They come in many shapes and sizes. Ilocanos use these jars for storing fermented sauce, salt containers or simply for  home decors.


To make a burnay requires the use of a  fine type of sand to make the clay harder and durable.  A potter molds it on a potter's wheel. When its already molded they let it dry until its ready to be "cook" then they put it   inside the brick and clay ground kiln. The kiln is like a " giant oven" for jars using dry logs to fire up.  The process takes about seven days more or less.
this is the kiln looks like inside

Burnay designs have already evolved through the years. There are now miniature jars which are good for souvenirs. A deformed jars that were made on purpose are will look good  for landscaping or anything anyone can fancy.


From its humble origins many years ago, burnays are now export materials. This only proves that Vigan is indeed world class.

Read my other posts on my Ilocos Sur series

1.  Historic Town Of Vigan
2. Vigan City Attractions and Festivals
3.  Calle Crisologo| Vigan Heritage Village
4. Buridek Children's Museum
5. Vigan Cathedral| St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
6. Apo Caridad Pilgrimage Site| Bantay's Best Kept Secret
7. Bantay Church Bell Tower
8. Vigan Dancing Fountain and Laser Lights Show
9. Baluarte| A Zoo in the Historic Town of Vigan
10. Discovering Vigan's Hidden Garden
11. Pagburnayan| Vigan Jar Factory

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