Baluarte of Vigan, ilocos Sur : Where More Than Just Dinosaurs Roam

We got an invitation from no less than the Governor of Ilocos Sur, Luis “Chavit” Singson to witness the construction of a light and sound water fountain attraction located at the town plaza in an area which used to be called Plaza Salcedo. The governor had it converted into something new in order to provide a better crowd-pleaser for both local and foreign tourists, and to get the interests of investors in probably setting up businesses like hotels in Ilocos Sur.

He shared with us his concerns stating that Ilocos Sur, lacks enough attractions, and destinations like hotels, to attract tourists in visiting Ilocos Sur. He hopes that the newest attraction is just the continuation of the further additions of more tourists spots in the province.

Since he won’t be running for Governor anymore, we hope the new Governor of Ilocos Sur will continue on improving the local economy by providing more opportunities to their constituents, and I think promoting tourism on the province would be a great idea to gain more sources of income for its people.

There seems to be a fence but the animals can actually jump over…and some parts of the fence have holes.

We stayed at his fabled Baluarte residence as his personal guests where two rooms were provided for us. The girls all shared one huge house-like room, while the guys shared another room at a different location.

The website has these to say about Baluarte:”COME and play with the animals! Be one of them roaring and whistling, indulging in the joys of the moment, you are in Baluarte, the only one of its kind in the country. Not just a zoo, Baluarte is an interactive wildlife sanctuary and facility, with the breathtaking view of its dominating scenic boulders amidst trees and greens.
We are dedicated to facilitating education, conservation and protection of endangered species and wildlife. Children and those who are young at heart will rediscover life amongst the animals in unique and entertaining ways specifically through first-hand experience.
Memorable events such as feeding them, petting them, riding the “tiburin”, a small horse-drawn carriage, and visiting our Butterfly Garden will surely be an extraordinary adventure for you and your family. What’s more incredible is that admission to Baluarte is FREE.”
Baluarte is a zoo where most of the animals can freely roam around the enormous compound mixed with the rest of the animals except the tigers and peacocks. You will see a llama walking with the horses, and the ostriches mingling with the deers, ducks and chickens. We were just within the Baluarte Zoo compound so stepping outside means probably passing by a deer or ostrich along your way.

There was even two deers roaming around the Baluarte house.

The “tiburin”, a small horse-drawn carriage, is very popular with visitors of Baluarte.

A map of the Heritage City of Vigan is on display at the Baluarte grounds near where the cannons and the submarine is located.

Only the tigers are the ones kept in cages unlike most of the other animals that can freely roam around the Baluarte compound.

I saw three differently colored llamas at the Baluarte grounds.

There are also some Live Animal Shows and an area where you can have your picture taken with a tiger.


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