Chavit Singson’s Baluarte

Satellite image of Luis "Chavit" Singson's Baluarte (residence) in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.

Luis “Chavit” Singson may have conceded the recently concluded Senate race and quit politics, but he can take refuge in the fact that his palatial Baluarte home in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the top tourist attractions in Ilocos Sur, the other being the Spanish-styled Calle Crisologo in the downtown area. The Baluarte stands on a hill and has an excellent view of the city.

Aside from being a mansion with the required pools, courts, and things like that, Chavit’s Baluarte is best known for housing a menagerie too. Like the Gaws who loved collecting animals resulting into Avilon Zoo, Chavit is also fond of collecting animals. But instead of creating a separate zoo like the Gaws, he made his home the zoo instead and opened it to the public. Harry, the friendly tiger, is probably the best known among his animals and often greets visitors at the entrance. The Baluarte also has orangutans, ponies, ostriches, a butterfly farm, lizards, and other types of fowls.

If you’d like to learn more, you can see pictures of the Baluarte , or read accounts by Pinoy travel bloggers Byahilo and

I first heard about Chavit Singson’s home when my younger sister giddily told me that a member of 嵐 (Arashi), a Japanese boy band of which she is a huge fan, visited the Baluarte to shoot a television show segment where Aiba, the boy band member, takes care of Harry (the tiger) and a lion. Read her blog entry about it.

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June 9, 2007
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  1. Lakbay Pilipinas wrote on June 9, 2007 @ 12:02PM

    this is first of its kind… great idea… hope to see more places added here….

  2. Commercial roofing wrote on June 9, 2007 @ 09:05PM

    Did Chavit won the 2007 election?

  3. Jacky wrote on April 21, 2008 @ 05:17AM

    Mr. Chavit Singson’s Baluarte had added a beautiful attraction to the northern part of the philippines esp to Vigan Ilocos Sur. I’m also thankful that Mr. Singson opened Baluarte to the public.
    Well done,Sir.

  4. Bels wrote on April 21, 2009 @ 02:29AM

    Actually, this place was more beautiful less the animals and visitors!…it was just his own place then, where the public was allowed to visit, but now more captured animals, where butt ugly people can stick their noses on their glass prisons and poor riden donkeys!
    wonderful is it? This place is also expanding throughout the town, where constructions are also being done on lands where people live nearby. There are also escaped animals at times roaming around, could be harming cattles, or farm lands, and planteries around the area. Talk about unequilibrium? Sure the place looks wonderful, but has anyone came across the idea of the land being destroyed as it gets more popular, the bigger it will be and more harm done?

    Be earth friendly people. DOn’t pleasure yourselves in amusements, ‘cuz the causes always has a greater pay.

  5. cathy wrote on March 16, 2010 @ 03:22AM

    grabeh! sana po makapunta din ako sa Baluarte home! I really2x love animals.. gusto kong mag sideline bilang zookeeper! hahaha! (n_n) I love Mr. Singson’s tigers.

  6. Marie wrote on April 16, 2010 @ 09:51PM

    I went here last 2007, the place looks really good

  7. Marie wrote on April 18, 2010 @ 06:11PM

    I enjoyed my trip and see the place and the zoo around his place

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