Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery

Together with some friends, we planned to have a road trip around Cebu on Sunday but unfortunately, it was cancelled. Haaay! You know the excitement and then turned out it will not happen? Well, I’ve been there countless times my friend, so I thought I’m used to the feeling. But nah! So to cure my boiling desire to travel, I decided to just do it alone. And yep, hurray for my very first solo flight!

For my very first solo travel, I decided to try something educational, and that’s how Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary came to mind. This place has been built in 1974 and I just found out about it recently, thanks to my good pal Google. It’s a private museum, art gallery and nature reserve run by the Jumalon Foundation. It is tucked away in the middle of Cebu City. I’m not really sure if all taxi drivers knows the place, for I went there without riding the latter. It’s been my first time traveling alone so I figured a little adventure wouldn’t hurt, and it sure wasn’t! It’s located at Julian N. Jumalon St. Basak Pardo, Cebu City just at the back of Basak Highschool.  And lucky for you, I’ve prepared a detailed map below.

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

This Butterfly Sanctuary has a whole museum full of butterflies, not only from the Philippines but around the world. How cool is that? What’s also cooler is that they provide a detailed and informative tour, plus, the guide is so approachable and you can definitely ask a bunch of questions without being hit by laser eyes lol. The place is originally served as residence of the late Cebuano lepidopterist Julian Jumalon. And I presume you now know how the sanctuary got its name eh?

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Inside the compound is a salon and garden. Inside the salon is Jumalon’s impressive collection of butterflies. From the most colorful to the biggest butterfly around the world. Aside from butterflies, they also features different species of other insects like beetles and moths. I can still remember my first reaction when I went inside, my mouth instantly form a big circle because the place is like paradise, but with preserved butterflies instead of the live one *wink.

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

If you want to have a more magical wedding, or any occasions that requires butterfly, they are accepting live butterfly order:

  • Php30 each and a minimum of 30 pieces.
  • With box or paper triangle (Price depends on the size of the box)
  • Full payment or 50% down payment
  • Order must be few days before the occasion.
  • Accept delivery (Price of delivery charge depends on distance)

The compound also has a place on some of Jumalon’s popular paintings, for he’s also an artist. And speaking of artist, he was also asked to make a design for some old Philippine money, amazing right? The most popular among his works is his mosaics made entirely of butterfly wings (lepido mosaic) from damaged butterfly taken from his collection. All of them were really impressive but unfortunately I can’t show some pictures for it’s not allowed to take some photos of them inside the gallery. Too bad eh? But I’ve taken a picture of the framed photo of their replicas below.

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Their soothing garden has a collection of hundred butterfly food plant species. Among these plants flutters around 50 local and foreign species of butterflies but too bad, I only saw a few of them 🙁 I’ve asked the guide what’s the best month to visit there but he said that there isn’t any exact date for it really depends. But I guessed they’re many of them during summer.

To end my tour, the guide let me make a wish using a beautiful white butterfly. Just like wishing on your birthday candle, I closed my eyes and silently mentioned my wish in my mind and afterwards, set the butterfly free. And that my friend indeed is a great way to end such an informative tour aight?

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and Art Gallery | Blushing Geek

You see more of the pictures I’ve taken in our Facebook account.

General Information

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary
J.N. Jumalon St., Basak Pardo 6000 Cebu City, Philippines
Monday – Sunday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
[email protected]
(32) 261-6884
0921-441-8491

(check out this guide to finding the sanctuary)

Standard rates:

  • Adult – Php 100
  • Children under 12 – Php 50
  • Senior Citizen – Php 80

For group of students (20 or more)

  • Kinder, Elem., & Highschool – Php 40
  • College Students – Php 50
  • Parents/Guardian – Php 80

Date of Travel: December 2016

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