Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Why is it called Buwakan Ni Alejandra? Here's the story! (With Photos and Video)

A few days ago, Sugbo.ph posted an article about the latest tourist destination in Balamban Cebu, Buwakan ni Alejandra. But nobody asked who is Alejandra? Does she own this astonishing garden farm? Let's find out!

Aerial Shot of Buwakan ni Alejandra by John Ray Aligato
Aerial Shot of Buwakan ni Alejandra by John Ray Aligato

Here's a video with aerial shots!

As reported by Sunstar Cebu, this colorful flower garden is named after the Mother-in-law of Barangay Councilman Eleuterio Gentap. “We called it Buwakan ni Alejandra, because you can really see flowers (buwak) in the garden. Alejandra is my mother-in-law. When I first went to her house back in 1991, I noticed she had so many flowers in her garden and had a penchant for collecting them,” said Gentapa.

Aerial Shot of Buwakan ni Alejandra by John Ray Aligato
Aerial Shot of Buwakan ni Alejandra by John Ray Aligato
During the Japanese occupation, Alejandra shared a story of an incident that Japanese soldiers were distracted by those flowers and instead of killing the people in the village, they turned their focus to the flowers that the villagers had planted.

The garden photographed last April 16. Grabbed from Buwakan Ni Alejandra page.
The garden photographed last April 16. Grabbed from Buwakan Ni Alejandra page.
Eleuterio Gentap is the chairperson of the committee on tourism and is the landscaper of Buwakan ni Alejandra. There are more developments to follow in the flower garden which includes putting of tags on the different species of Flowers, building a gazebo and of course, expansion of the garden.

Aerial Shot of Buwakan ni Alejandra by John Ray Aligato
Aerial Shot of Buwakan ni Alejandra by John Ray Aligato
Buwakan ni Alejandra RULES

  • Guests should attend an orientation
  • Smoking is not allowed
  • Picking of flowers are prohibited
  • Visitors and Guests must only follow the designated trails 
  • Visitors and Guests are not allowed to step in the areas where flowers are planted
  • The flowers are also not for sale.

Buwakan ni Alejandra DETAILS

Address: Sitio Bunga, Barangay Gaas, Balamban, Cebu
Open every day from 7 AM to 5 PM (but if there's a storm, they will close the premises to protect the flower garden)
Entrance Fee: PHP 50 for Adult and PHP 20 for children
Fare: PHP 120 Van For Hire ride from the city. (Ayala Cebu Terminal)

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