ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 7:BALUARTE
Baluarte, owned by Chavit Singson is an 80 hectares of gently rolling terrains, hills and mountain sides, the structures of facilities and amenities, its phases of construction is in its best possible realistic and natural habitat for good and sound animal care.
Its amazing to know that Baluarte is open to the public and admission is FREE. It is said that Baluarte actually Governor Chavit’s gift to the people of Vigan where residents are accorded free use of spaces for their livelihood programs.Obviously, you will notice that just outside the gate of the zoo are a variety of stalls selling various Souvenir Items. Of course even to the tour guides, tricycle drivers, restaurants had benefited from the zoo as it became part of many’s itineraries when visiting Vigan City.
I should say that Baluarte or fortress is a must-see attraction for first-time visitors, and even for those who have visited Vigan before. Within its private area is a landscaped garden complete with its own nature pools. However, the area open to the public has plenty more engaging attractions that visitors can busy themselves with aside from the mini zoo. There is a butterfly farm, a track for horse riding and a skeet shooting range. You can also have yourself picture taken with some large animals for a fee of course.
For people visiting the place, one can start with visiting the rows of cages where they can see lions, Bengal tigers, peacocks, civet cats, iguanas, pythons and other reptiles and birds. In this part of the Baluarte, people will also be able to see the Philippine cloud rat, a nocturnal animal endemic to the Philippine Cordillera region. This very large rodent is a herbivore and hunted by large birds and local people.
From the caged animals, visitors can move on to the fenced areas where they can visit and feed the monkeys, swans, flamingos, ostriches, albino and spotted deer and the one-hump camel. Children are allowed to sit on top of the bigger animals. One can go to the tracks to ride the miniature horses.I did try riding on a carriage with a pony. Well, I pity the horse after the ride 🙂
For a closer encounter with the animals, visitors may choose to visit and feed the parrots and hornbills that are placed in a more open area where visitors can openly approach them with bananas and seeds. There are also scheduled shows when audiences are introduced to the animals. In fact at the time of our visit we were able to witness the free show offered to the guests. In fact, when he asked for a volunteer, I do raise my hand not knowing that a corn snake will be put around my neck.
Corn snakes are one of the most popular types of snakes to keep in captivity or as pets. Their size, calm temperament, and ease of care contribute to this popularity. Captive corn snakes also tolerate being handled by their owners. A medium sized vivarium provides enough room for a full grown corn snake. Corn snakes enjoy hiding and burrowing which is usually accommodated with a loose substrate and one or more hide boxes. Captive corn snakes are generally fed pre-killed or stunned feeder mice. This is because captive-bred rodents reduce the risk of exposing the snake to pathogens. (Wikepedia)
An added attraction is the butterfly garden where one can observe thousands of butterflies, some endemic to the Philippines, or have a more serene interaction with an animal species.
During our visit, we’ve noticed visitors from various parts of the country. According to our guide visitors from other countries also visits Baluarte, for their well-cared animal attractions, and for a chance to meet with the owner of this magnificent property. Governor Singson does not only generously share his private collection of animals with everyone; he also gives in to requests of tourists for pictures to be taken with him. But haven’t met him during our visit.
We have to rush to our next destination due to time constraint. Follow our entire trip by clicking the links below:
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 1: DIY ITINERARY
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 2: FURNITURE EXHIBIT, GOING TO ILOCOS
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 3: OUR TOUR GUIDE, PAOAY SAND DUNES, 4×4, SAND BOARDING
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 4: MALACANANG OF THE NORTH
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 5: BATAC ILOCOS, EMPANADA, MARCOS MUSEUM AND MAUSOLEUM
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 6: TINOBONG, BANTAY CHURCH
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 7: BALUARTE
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 8: SECRET GARDEN AND PAGBURNAYAN
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 9: CALLE CRISOLOGO; VIGAN DANCING FOUNTAIN
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 10: CRISOLOGO MUSEUM AND SEQUIA MANSION
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 11: JUAN LUNA SHRINE
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 12: PAOAY CHURCH
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 13: ILOCOS MUSEUM, ST. WILLIAM CATHEDRAL, SINKING BELL, HOTEL
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 14: BISCOCHO, SALT MAKING
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 15: CAPE BOJEADOR
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 16: KAPURPURAWAN ROCK FORMATION
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 17: BANGUI WINDMILL
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 18: KABIGAN FALLS
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 19: PATAPAT VIADUCT, PARAISO NI ANTON
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 20: BLUE LAGOON, ZIPLINE
- ILOCOS, VIGAN, PAGUDPUD TRIP PART 21: LAST DAY IN ILOCOS, BACK TO MANILA