April 14, 2014


 Baluarte : a Spanish word that means fortress, domain , bailiwick or territory. 
This sprawling compound is owned by  former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson. Though his sons have already taken his political seat many locals still call him Governor.The place characterized by rolling hills terrain was used to be his rest house until he decided to develop it into a nature-eco- enlcave and had it opened to the public.
the former Governor's multi-level house
chapel near the parking area
 There zoo have  diverse kinds of animals either natives or imported  mostly can be seen roaming free  around the Baluarte . It was said that this is the only zoo in the country with the highest population of white deers.
 One of the popular attraction for kids and adults alike is the pony ride. When there is a great number of tourists expect to wait for some couple of minutes. But of course not to be missed out is the famous tiger of the former Governor. 
From the time it was opened until to this day, it had already under gone some major face lift.  The animal sanctuaries  is now wider   not to mention the addition of  other imported animals. And, it is now  more interactive and education with the  introduction of  Live animal show and petting zoo and the butterfly garden. Visitors may also opt to have photos with the animals and birds with the supervision of the staffs. For tired feet and some R and R  Scattered all over are picnic tables and chairs for tired feet and some R and R .
 Baluarte can be reach from Vigan Heritage Village  by just ten minutes drive. Entrance is absolutely  free.

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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