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The Aloguinsanons’ Baluarte

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.

 

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17 Comments

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    AJ of Wandering Soul Scamper
    January 5, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Now you added another place in my to go places in Cebu. Thanks for this Kris. Nice photos by the way.

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    Carlo Andrew Olano
    December 30, 2016 at 3:36 am

    It has been almost 2 years since I last want to visit this town and until now I have not. I am so annoyed with myself. 🙁

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    Four-eyed Laagan
    December 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Now I know where to find travel spots that is rich in history – Kriswanders! Awesome! I never new Baluarte unti I’ve read this. Though I’ve been to Aloguinsan twice and mostly I just went their beaches. How do I get to Baluarte if I’m in the Aloguinsan Market? Thanks!

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      kris
      December 12, 2016 at 5:30 am

      It’s just beside Aloguinsan’s Municipality hall,a walking distance from Aloguinsan’s market. 🙂

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    Jomar Lipon
    December 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Wow.. Bojo River.. thanks for including that on your post.. But back to Baluarte.. good to know the information but why use the coral stones and lime in building?

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limitss
    December 10, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Wow, you bring us to a new place in Cebu. I didn’t know that Aloguinsan has this kind of beautiful Baluarte. I would surely visit this when I get the chance. Thank you for sharing about it Kris.

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    Rome of Basta Bisaya
    December 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Such close to home. A few municipalities away from Carcar. I’ll invite my friends to drop by on this place. Lingaw!

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    Jullian Robin Sibi
    December 8, 2016 at 4:30 am

    I wanna travel to more parts of Cebu on my own or with my girlfriend! I’m sure that this one will be a part of my list of places to go!

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    Ramzy
    December 7, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    What a great place with such a rich historical background!

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    jared's mum
    December 6, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Wow, this sure is a beautiful beach destination. I am betting my son will enjoy a visit here. This will be one of the places I will visit the next time I go back to Cebu!

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    Hanna
    December 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    All the baluartes in South Cebu are indeedd testaments of our ancestor’s bravery. There is also one in Santander near our home called Liloan Baluarte. It is also overlooking Tanon Strait. It was built during the 17th century as a lookout for pirate vessels.

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    Rea
    December 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Ka cute sa bata sa last photo! 🙂 I haven’t fully explored Aloguinsan yet but when we went there once, I have to say it’s a nice retreat from the hustle of the city. Bukid life jud sya and I love it!

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    Adel
    December 4, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Nice post! I love to read history of beautiful places. Your photos are on point! My wanderlust self is more than alive and would want to explore Aloguinsan.

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    Gessa C
    December 4, 2016 at 6:06 am

    Nice shot you got there. I love how organized the trees were planted plus also the scenery of the place, it’s superb! I have heard Aloguinsan before but not really that much. I’d love to visit the place soon. Hopefully, when baby grows a little older, perhaps.

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    Hannah
    December 3, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Nice photos! 🙂

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      kris
      December 3, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Thanks! 🙂

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    Liana
    December 1, 2016 at 11:16 am

    This place is beyond what I ever imagined and the history is so awesome. I love when people are sharing their knowledge whilst travelling a place, and that’s so cool to discover Aloguinsanons Baluarte through your lenses and your feelings! Such a great post!

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