The municipality of Aloguinsan, a province of Cebu, Philippines, has always been known with their great beaches like Hermit’s cove and the ever famous Bojo River .When we visited the place, we also got the chance to drop by their baluarte where a handful of history took place.
According to Aloguinsan Tourism Council, the 18th century baluarte/watchtower serves as a testament of the Aloguinsanons’ courage and bravery, and stands as a reminder of the people’s resilience in times of crisis. Slave raiding in the Philippines began in 1755, and for the next hundred years, the coastal towns including Aloguinsan were primary target for such expiditions. Because of this, Fr. Julian Bermejo, a military priest constructed a string of baluartes or small forts including the one in Aloguinsan and devised an early warning system of flags where villagers man their forts and acted as telegrafistas.
The baluarte was made out of coral stones and lime. It stands on a promontory overlooking Tañon Strait.
Currently, anyone can visit the baluarte’s remains for an entrance fee of 10.00 php. The trees that provide a natural shade made it conducive for family picnics and the view overlooking Tañon strait made it more appealing. If you’re heading to Aloguinsan, don’t forget to drop by and relive the history of the municipality.