I love it when things get into a surprise turn. I was originally planning to have some fun at Adventure Cafe in Balamban, Cebu. But things turned out sour when upon my arrival at the cafe, it suddenly rained very hard. My friend and I had to settle in one of the tables and just drink hot chocolate. But we didn’t want to waste our time traveling to this part of Cebu just to drink hot chocolate. So when the rain subsided, we decided to walk around the streets of Transcentral Highway to look for something else. That’s when we found this sign ‘This way to Buwakan ni Alejandra – 30 meters‘.
It was just a simple sign board but, I got curious. So, we decided to follow where the arrow was leading. And that’s how I knew that day was going to be awesome.
Buwakan ni Alejandra is a botanical garden that houses several types of plants and flowers. This garden has just recently opened last May 8, 2017. Unlike the Celosia flower farms in Sirao, this flower garden takes pride of their dahlia flowers. Upon entering the garden, you will immediately see the colorful varieties of this type of flower.
I was ecstatic. My friend and I had the whole garden to ourselves. My only regret was that I didn’t wear a beautiful dress. Had I known we would discover Buwakan ni Alejandra that day, I would have worn a sparkly dress and did a photo shoot right there and then. Well, I most certainly have a reason to go back.
By just looking at it, it is pretty evident that Buwakan ni Alejandra is professionally designed. I love that the owner made sure to create foot paths in the garden. This way, you can’t accidentally step on the plants and flowers.
You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid. Says who? You’re on a journey with no defined beginning, middle or end. There are no wrong twists and turns. There is just being. And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be. I repeat, you are the only you there is and ever will be. Do not deny the world its one and only chance to bask in your brilliance. — Jen Sincero
We were lucky enough to have the chance to talk to the owner’s son, Cliff, and he showed us around their lot. We got to learn a lot of things about all the plants and flowers in their lot. Buwakan ni Alejandra is the brainchild of his father. And if you are wondering; Alejandra is the name of Cliff’s grandmother.
I didn’t want to blog about this flower garden at first because I was scared that the garden is not ready for an influx of tourists yet. But Cliff assured me that they are limiting the number of people entering the garden. Besides, they also need funds to continue building more flower beds all the way to the remaining spaces in their lot. If things go as planned, they might actually also build a camping area soon so people can actually spend time in the garden. Apparently, several priests and bishops in Cebu have already tried meditating in Buwakan ni Alejandra. That’s how peaceful and beautiful the garden is!
How to get there:
Take a V-Hire at Ayala Center terminal bound for Balamban via Transcentral highway. The fare is 120 Pesos. The flower garden is located at Brgy. Gaas, Balamban and only a few steps away from Adventure Cafe. Look for the sign board ‘Buwakan ni Alejandra – 30 meters —->)
Alternatively, you can also ride a motorcycle for hire from JY Square Mall. The fare is 300 Pesos.
- Entrance Fee is 50 Pesos
- They are open from 7AM to 6PM – Mondays to Sundays
- Best time to visit would be in the morning.
Please be a responsible tourist. Do not pick any flowers. #LeaveNoTrace