|Sitting President Manuel L. Quezon.|
A replica of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon's, Philippine First Lady (1935-1944) ancestral house stands in the poblacion just across Baler Church, where some of her memorabilia are kept. Doña Aurora was assassinated together with her daughter on her way to Baler to inaugurate the Quezon Memorial Hospital on April 28, 1949.
|Doña Aurora Shrine|
The Baler Church. A historical structure that played a major role in Baler history where the Philippine flag waved for victory. It was in this church where the last Spanish garrison of four officers and fifty men were besieged by Filipino insurgents and made the Spanish forces surrendered to American troops. It is such a simple church but rich in history that made the heroic people of Baler very proud!
According to history Baler has been affected by a great tidal wave which resulted to great loss and misfortune and that some of the survivors ran to a hill now called Ermita Hills for safety. A monument of the survivors at the foot of the hill was laid and a big cross stands on top of the hill in memory of the thousand of lives lost in that catastrophe.
|People trying to survive from the tidal wave.|
|The Cross on top of Ermita Hill.|
|The view of Baler Coast from Ermita Hill Viewdeck.|
|The view of Baler fish port as seen on Ermita Hill Viewdeck.|
|The golden hour at Dimadimalangat Islet.|
|The view of the Aniao Islet and Lukso lukso Islet.|
|And there they go!|
Surfing is one of the reasons why tourists flocks to Baler, old and young ones cannot resists the inviting surge of water in Sabang Beach. It has a long stretch of beach with waves which swells during its peak season from October until February. Surfing in Baler started when the film "Apocalypse Now" was shot in Baler, it was during the scene of American soldiers catching some waves and after the filming the crews left their surfboards and that's when the locals awakened their passion for surfing.
|Let it go...let it go!|
|Colors of nature!|
Tourists are welcome to Dicasalarin Cove with an entrance fee of 300 pesos per head but if you're a guest at Costa Pacifica in Sabang, Baler you will only pay 100 pesos. It is a bit pricy for 300 bucks but the experience of getting there is unforgettable. Like getting a view of the cove with the lighthouse at the background which is the most photographed view in Dicasalarin Cove. This breathtaking scenery is best viewed at the main gate of the Dicasalarin Cove where you can get the full view of the lighthouse and the cove.
|Taking pictures of the lighthouse under time pressure.|
|The Modern Baler Lighthouse.|
It's my second visit to Baler and I can say that my mission in Baler is finished. The place is fast becoming progressive unlike during my first visit last 2013. I just hope that the once naive town wouldn't get chaotic in the coming days or years. I just want to leave a few words to the people who will come to Baler, please give respect to this native land for it has been the home of the noble people. Let's not taint their homeland with rubbish and instead help them improve their lives.
HOW TO GET THERE?
1. By private vehicle coming from Manila, take NLEX exit at Dau, then SCTEX exit at La Paz. Take the road going to Cabanatuan City then follow the signage going to Pantabangan and Baler. Normally it will take 6 hours but if you're speeding maybe it'll take around 4-5 hours but be careful the road is winding.
2. By public transportation, Genesis Bus Lines has a direct route to Baler from Manila with their terminal located along EDSA in Pasay City.
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