Ilocos Sur: Baluarte

One of the newest tourist destination in Vigan City is the 80 hectare property of governor Chavit Singson, aptly named Baluarte after the Spanish word meaning, fortress or territory.


Baluarte was once a rest house, where Mr. Singson invites his close friends and relatives. However, having been elected as as a political leader, people often visit him.

Chavit's rest house
Since his rest house cannot accommodate all those people, he decided to construct Baluarte. Due to his love for nature, Governor Singson added a zoo filled with domestic and wild animals. Most of these animals roam free during the day and some perform for the visitors. Animal performances and interactions are the main attractions of Baluarte.

Ride around Baluarte on one of the these mini-carriages. 
See free roaming ostriches, camels and other animals

Check out the animal show. It's a civet cat by the way.

Mine's a falcon.
Check out the butterfly farm

There are plenty of different kinds of butterflies here. 
What I like most about Baluarte is how it reminds me of the movie that I love watching when I was young -Jurassic Park. The life size dinosaur replicas and the landscape of the park reminds me of the Spielberg movie.

Having fun with the Spinosaurus
Aside from that, Baluarte is free from any admission or show charges. Everybody would surely enjoy what the place has to offer.

Check out the governor's submarine
Check out these Spanish cannons
Posing time

To date Baluarte is still undergoing construction to further extend its facilities and amenities.

Who knows, Baluarte might be the next Disneyland, or Ocean Park, and who knows maybe the next Jurassic Park.
What are you waiting for? Check it out!
Looks Like:
Jurassic Park
Steven Spielberg

Getting there:

by land:
1. From Manila, board a bus heading for Laoag City.
2. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Vigan City.
bus fare: P600-800
3. From there, ride a tricycle to Baluarte.
tricycle fare: P10-20

by air:
1. There are several airplane companies that offer flights to Laoag International Airport.
2. From there, board a bus heading for Vigan City
bus fare: P150-200
3. Board down near the Vigan City arc. From there ride a tricycle to Baluarte.
tricycle fare: P10-20

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