The University of San Carlos Talamban Campus, also known as USC-TC, has recently opened a butterfly sanctuary in the campus. It promises to become a viable tourist attraction within Cebu City.
Fr. Jerome Montesclaros, SVD, led the blessing ceremony, which formally opened the USC Butterfly Sanctuary to the public. Fr. Montesclaros was assisted by the Chair of the Department of Biology, Dr. Filipina Sotto, and Mr. Tony Tambuli, who is in-charge of the sanctuary. With them were Bro. Romeo Abulad, who is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Ms. Roxanne Demetz and Fr. Margarito Alingasa SVD.
The 500-square meter sanctuary is located within the 8-hectare USC Nature Park. The Nature Park is inside USC-Talamban Campus and is currently used as a wildlife reserve area. The park aims to promote conservation, encourage educational efforts and endorse recreation with nature.
The USC Biology students use the Nature Park as an open laboratory space for researches on biodiversity and ecology. The College of Architecture and Fine Arts also use the park for their landscape designs and paintings. The students from the Civil Engineering courses make use of the facility for surveying and mapping.
The USC Nature Park is open to the public, Mondays through Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Php15 admission fee is charged for guests who want to get inside the USC Butterfly Sanctuary. For further information and inquiries, contact the USC Department of Biology at (032) 230-0100 local 134.
Eighty students from the Holy Infant School in Lapu-Lapu City were the butterfly sanctuary’s first visitors. How about you, have you visited the newest tourist attraction in Cebu City?