Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary

Attraction J. N. Jumalon St., | Basak, Pardo, Cebu City 6000, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Nature
Outdoor
Park
Kids
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The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, Mini-museum and Art Gallery is the brainchild of Prof. Julian N. Jumalon, a Cebuano Fine Arts Graduate of the University of the Philippines, Manila. The Butterfly Sanctuary includes the breeding of the butterflies of Cebu which had been opened to the public since 1974, where people could view the life-cycles of native butterflies.

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Why Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is special ?

The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, Mini-museum and Art Gallery is the brainchild of Prof. Julian N. Jumalon, a Cebuano Fine Arts Graduate of the University of the Philippines, Manila. The Butterfly Sanctuary includes the breeding of the butterflies of Cebu which had been opened to the public since 1974, where people could view the life-cycles of native butterflies.


The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary provides a unique home to the butterflies as they are not contained within an enclosure, but are able to fly freely in the area. Comprising of approximately 50 different types of rare and exotic butterflies, on any given day, the average visitor is sure to spot at least 10 to 15 of these butterfly types. In the park area, there are also over 100 different types of plant species that serve as food for the butterflies, making it a nature lovers’ paradise.


Source: http://www.cebu-tourism.techcellar.net/

What to explore at Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary?

The Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist spots to be visited in the paradisiacal island of Cebu. Regardless of age, the Sanctuary is a great place for the whole family to enjoy a fun outing. This unique and amazing butterfly haven is actually home to a nature reserve where the butterflies dwell, a museum and an art gallery. Crowds of tourists as well as locals stream into the Sanctuary each day to catch sight of these colourful creatures.

When visiting the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary, don’t forget to stop in at the onsite art gallery and museum. At the art gallery, visitors are able to see elaborate works of paintings and mosaic art done by Julian Jumalon, of which some incorporate butterfly wings. The Sanctuary’s museum serves as a comprehensive source of education to visitors about different butterfly species and is frequented by many students doing thesis.

Tourists holidaying in Cebu should definitely visit the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary as it is the only butterfly sanctuary in Cebu and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the island.

Source: http://www.cebu-tourism.techcellar.net

Selling points

  • Impressive butterfly collection
  • absolutely amazing with butterfly paintings
  • lovely small garden
  • hidden gem in the middle city
  • Beautiful escape from the city
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
32.78 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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J. N. Jumalon St., | Basak, Pardo, Cebu City 6000, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • It's a bit complicated to get there by public transportation. Best get there by taxi !
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  • This is a great delightful for taking beautiful shots.
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  • Try not to wear bug spray as it can affect the butterflies. Wear long sleeves and light pants to keep mosquitoes away.
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  • The staff or the owner will give you a personalized tour of the place.
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  • When a moth caterpillar or “til-as” land on your skin, do not flick it away forcefully. If you do so, hundreds of its microscopic glands will burst and will release the poison that causes the itchiness.
    Safety
  • They are located at 20-D Macopa St., Basak-Pardo, Cebu City, just behind Basak Elementary School.
    Location

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This is a private, family-run facility that is a great place for kids (and grown-ups) to learn some things we missed hearing in grade school. For the nature enthusiasts, there's the butterfly garden that is planted with food plants that attract butterflies to feed and breed here. Here is a chance to see some native plants with blooms that are frequented by local butterfly species, learn that the much hated caterpillars metamorphose into grandiose butterflies, that these winged beauties live only for a few days, and many other scientific facts all dished out by passionate guides who often are members of the family. There is an educational gallery that tells the stories about butterflies and moths, specimens beautifully mounted in glass frames and well labelled, including some ethnographic items that are part of the family heirloom. For the art enthusiasts, the gallery in another part of the residence contains some of the best examples of the artist's unique work notably the mosaics made out of salvaged butterfly wings. Some of these mosaics have found their way to the Vatican Museum, and some private galleries in the USA and Japan. The facilities are maintained as much as possible to the extent that the family can afford so you can see hand-made cardboard signs and feel the humidity slowly eating up the precious relics. A fully funded museum has money to address these issues but not this one. Although there is really no set admission fee, it is towards a noble cause and a gesture of appreciation, that people should give generous donations to the museum commensurate to the value of one's visit. This kind of museum-gallery founded for the love of nature and the arts and the desire to share them with everyone deserves our unequivocal support. It is Cebu's version of the Smithsonian but without the trimmings! Get ready to get educated at this wonderful facility.

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Had a visit. Guide was very passionate and knowledgeable. A handy tip is to take perfume or cologne as the butterflies like the smell and will land on you. Really lovely that they preserve these lovely creatures.

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Actually, a lot better than I thought it would be, bring your camera, lots of novel photo opportunities, you will see, including, really nice guides, they don't require a tip but do it anyway, a small gratuity, much appreciated and worth it.... So funny these large butterflies kept landing on my girl friends chest, great photos, wonder if they are trained to do this..... Also, the guide put two on her ears like ear rings, very gently as to not hurt them, a great photo....educational too... Lots of laughs and fun... I really did not want to go but really enjoyed the tour, does not take long either.

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This is a private, family-run facility that is a great place for kids (and grown-ups) to learn some things we missed hearing in grade school. For the nature enthusiasts, there's the butterfly garden that is planted with food plants that attract butterflies to feed and breed here. Here is a chance to see some native plants with blooms that are frequented by local butterfly species, learn that the much hated caterpillars metamorphose into grandiose butterflies, that these winged beauties live only for a few days, and many other scientific facts all dished out by passionate guides who often are members of the family. There is an educational gallery that tells the stories about butterflies and moths, specimens beautifully mounted in glass frames and well labelled, including some ethnographic items that are part of the family heirloom. For the art enthusiasts, the gallery in another part of the residence contains some of the best examples of the artist's unique work notably the mosaics made out of salvaged butterfly wings. Some of these mosaics have found their way to the Vatican Museum, and some private galleries in the USA and Japan. The facilities are maintained as much as possible to the extent that the family can afford so you can see hand-made cardboard signs and feel the humidity slowly eating up the precious relics. A fully funded museum has money to address these issues but not this one. Although there is really no set admission fee, it is towards a noble cause and a gesture of appreciation, that people should give generous donations to the museum commensurate to the value of one's visit. This kind of museum-gallery founded for the love of nature and the arts and the desire to share them with everyone deserves our unequivocal support. It is Cebu's version of the Smithsonian but without the trimmings! Get ready to get educated at this wonderful facility.

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