Do you want to see a lot of butterflies in one place? Well, you don’t have to travel far. Hidden in Metro Cebu is the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary that houses over a thousand specimens of butterfiles and moths.
With an entrance fee of P50 for adults and P25 for children, visitors can already get intimate with the colorful insects. The fee already includes a lecture of the museum’s history, a tour around the garden, a view of the art gallery and a discussion about butteflies.
Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary was built in 1974 by a Cebuano artist and lepidopterist Professor Julian Jumalon. When Professor Jumalon was still alive, he planted butterfly food plants in his garden to attract butterflies in his home.
The sanctuary is currently the oldest and largest butterfly collection in the country. Presently, the children and grandchildren of Professor Jumalon maintain the place.
June to February are the ideal months to visit Jumalon. During these months, butterflies are breeding. Depending on the season and time of the day, there can be more or lesser number of butterflies.
You can take a jeepney route from Colon or anywhere bound Basak, Pardo. The landmark to Jumalon is easy to spot. Just find and stop at Basak Elementary School. There’s a road beside the school named Macopa Street. Follow the road leading to Jumalon street and find the big sign “Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary”.
The museum is open from 9 AM to 5 PM everyday.
For inquiries, you may call 261 – 6884 or visit Jumalon’s website HERE.