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    Chavit Singson's Baluarte in Vigan/Caoayan, Ilocos Sur

    Just to post about Tutubi's 20 minute visit to Chavit Singson's Baluarte in Vigan (actually part of Caoayan town of Ilocos Sur) before heading the long drive home.

    Baluarte is becoming famous stopover for tourists visiting Vigan where people can see and interact with animals on display at the Chavit Singson's mansion cum mini-zoo, with animal interaction scheduled everyday with several wild animals (better left in the wild, Tutubi thinks) . Animals kept at the mini-zoo include pygmy horses, white deers, camels, tigers, various birds, ostriches, and snakes.

    baluarte vigan ilocos surChavit Singson's Balwarte in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur

    dromedary arabina camela dromedary (arabian camel with a single hump) shot around high noon

    baluarte vigan ilocos sura pair of white deers resting in the noon shade

    After taking a few pictures, Tutubi sped off to Sta. Cruz town then went home.


    Baluarte Show Schedules

    Animal encounters
    everyday 11am, 12nn, 4pm
    Potbelly Painting: daily at 10am and 2pm

    baluarte entrance fee/admission price: none, nada, gratis, free
    parking: ample parking spaces, no parking fee
    photography: no restrictions, no permits required to shoot

    How to get to Baluarte, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur:
    From Vigan city proper, just hire a tricycle to take you there, travel time is about 10 minutes. Consider asking tricycle driver to wait for you or pick you up at an appointed time

    If you have your own car, just drive down inwards on Quirino Avenue (the street of Petron gas station on the highway) until you see the Caoayan welcome arch where you turn right (on the fork). Drive until you see the Baluarte artwork then choose the right fork (if you missed it and chose left, you'll end up at the Hidden Garden of Vigan)

    Coordinates: N17 33 02.1 E120 22 39.1 (useful if you have GPS navigator).
    Open Street Map here (trivia: much of Vigan's map, as of posting time, was added by Tutubi with data gathered by his GPS going around Vigan)

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    posted by GingGoy @ 7:55 PM,


    At Sep 6, 2011, 3:22:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    hmmm. seems like Chavit has his own zoo, with animals imported from abroad. pretty ambitious.

    At Aug 6, 2012, 11:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi my dear...

    I'm trying to contact the Baluarte Zoo, to try and buy some animals.
    I'm interested in Mandarin Ducks, Pheasants etc...

    I can't find any contact details!! (Frustrating!!!!)

    Would you know how to contact them??


    0939-8879-826 / 0935-2507-021 / 0915-6842-254


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