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A viridescent land on one side and the azure waters on the other. In between are refreshing rivers and waterfalls. Such is the land of the province of Aurora.

For now, let's talk about the town of Baler, the capital of Aurora.

LucyStephanie mentioned about this month as the history month. I only know it as the national language month. So let's start with a bit of a history of Baler.

As early as 1570, the Baler came to be known when the Spanish explorer Juan de Salcedo discovered it. Franciscan monks then started a settlement in this coastal area. Later on, the Augustinians and Recollects founded the old town then the Franciscans took over again around 1700s.

Unfortunately, the catastrophic event of 1735 destroyed the town when a tsunami washed everything to destruction. (See related article There's no way but up to Ermita Hill)

That old settlement is now known as Kinagunasan. The place where the new Baler is located now is called Poblacion.

The word Baler may have come from the various sources. One is from a woman's name "Vale." It could also be from the "balod," a local word for dove. I like the Dumagat's word though, "balid," which means to return. After what happened to the old town, the new town was built and thus the return of the town of Baler. Dumagat (those who live by the sea or dagat) is the name of a tribe who lives on the coasts of Aurora.

Although Baler can be reached by sea or through the dense jungle of the Sierra Madre, it has seen action throughout history.

One significant part of Baler's history was called the Siege of Baler. After the Philippines was declared free from the Spanish regime after 300 plus years, Baler was attacked by Filipino troops. The Spanish soldiers who were garrisoned there were not aware that the war was over. They have no communication from the outside world. Even if newspapers at that time stating the war was over was shown to them, they still did not believe it. Envoys were sent and an attempt to rescue them ended in vain. The siege lasted for almost a year - 337 days to be exact. Many have died and the remaining were able to go home to Spain. Films were made about this siege.

The Japanese then came in 1942 and garrisoned themselves in the school buildings. They didn't stay for long for in 1945, it was again taken over by the Filipino and American soldiers.

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Luis Yee, Jr. created this monument that you can see in town. It's a towering four-pillar structure with each pillar representing 100 years. This marks the 400 years of history of Baler surviving disasters and wars. This was inaugurated in August 2011 and funded by the Angaras - one of the families that survived the tsunami attack in the old town of Baler.

Here you can see surfboards which indicate that Baler has one of the best surfing spots in the country.

The second president of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon, was a Balereno. That earned him a statue at the center of the park. This park is across the street from where the monument above is located.

Behind the statue is the museum of Baler.

The museum has a PHP30.00 entrance fee. However, pets are not allowed and taking videos is not allowed. Here you can see artifacts that dates back during the Spanish era.

I really like this cold cast mural by Toym Imao. You can learn more about this Filipino artist here. This mural tells the story of the years of Spanish here until the last ones to leave which were the soldiers during the Siege of Baler.

The the left of the museum is the replica of the house that Manuel Quezon grew up. This is called Casa de Maestro Lucio.

From the park, let's go visit the greeneries around. We visited the coconut farm of a family friend. It took us a while to find it for we are not familiar with the place and we passed by fields and fields of greens. It was refreshing.

Upon arrival to the farm, we had to call for the coconut man to come get some coconuts which we brought home.

From there let's go visit Mariah Carey in Baler, Aurora. From the beach, you can cool off in these waterfalls.

Before that, let us spend time Remembering that time in Diguisit. Here you can check out Zabali Lighthouse and Diguisit Beach.

Finally, before we go home always remember There's no way but up to Ermita Hill. Come and see the magnificent view on top of this hill.

So you see, there are many things to do in Baler alone. We actually haven't explored all of the interesting spots there and these are just some of the few.

To end, I would like to share this photo taken on the roadside going to Dinadiawan (you can check here PHOTOBLOG: From Diguisit to Dinadiawan).

This rock on the right looks like a man or a woman looking at the sea with longingness. It seems to be waiting for someone for a long time.

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This article is the summary of our visit in Baler and in Dinadiawan. To those who have been following my blogs, you are already familiar with the links I provided there. For those who are not, feel free to check them out. A related article is this It's true. They are falls.

Aurora has a lot of things to offer and should be explored.

What history would you want to share for this month?

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So lovely park. A whole day in the park will be well consumed by the visitor. Natures photo are also remarkable.

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2 years ago

That's right. The park is just a small one but there are lots of interesting things to see and learn.

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2 years ago

Ang ganda pala ng Baler ang daming mapapasyalan. Ngayon ko lang nalaman na tumira dun si Quezon. Kala ko taga marikina sya. Ngayon ko lang din nalaman na ang dami palang pinagdaanan nyan mula spanish era at nagka tsunami pa. Kala ko bagyo lang disasters dito. Never ko pang narinig na nagka tsunami na pala satin dati. Kala ko sa siargao lang ang surfing destination pati din pala yang Baler. Amazing ang daming bagong kaalaman. Very informative article. 🌟

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2 years ago

Dun siya pinanganak at lumaki at nag aral ng elementary. Kaya maganda din malaman history ng isang lugar hehe.

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2 years ago

After reading your articles and seeing your photos, I would love to visit Baler and all the places in Aurora you have talked about. Maybe, someday ;)

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2 years ago

I really hope you can. There are lots of beaches that you can visit :)

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2 years ago

Sa dami po ng napuntahan niyong places, nakabuo na din kayo ng series haha. Is it better to commute going into different places or better to have your own vehicle?

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2 years ago

Ah yan ang nakalimutan ko point out. It's best to have your own. Mejo may kalayuan yang mga destinations na yan e.

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2 years ago

Yay I knew it. I can recall those picture and the places in there. Pero tumatak talaga sakin yung It's true, they are falls. 😁

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2 years ago

Di ko din makalimutan un lalo na ung Ditumabo Falls :)

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2 years ago

Madami pa kaming di napuntahan sa Aurora. Sana makabalik after pandemic

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2 years ago

Oo nga e. Sarap tumira dun at mamasyal ng mamasyal hehe.

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2 years ago

kaya pala articlee username mo.. tama articles sa read... ganda ng place.. hayz kamiss magtravel talga.. also, the history behind it.. <3 <3 balod in bisaya means wave

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2 years ago

Balod naman sa Ilocano ang tawag sa preso hehe.

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2 years ago

locano ang tawag sa preso

aha!

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2 years ago

Ang ganda ng Baler! And I love the angle of that huge rock that looks like the face of a man (side view) with sunset pa!

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2 years ago

I didn't notice the rock right away. When we were getting in the van, that's when I saw the figure .

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2 years ago

ang ganda pala talaga nang Baler base lang sa mga article blogs mo as in grabe...parang di winasak nang kung anong giyera at kung anong trunami like sa ermita hill eh

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2 years ago

Gulat din ako jan sa Ermita Hill nung nabasa ko history. Walang bakas. Un church naman ng nun Siege di ko alam kung history nya tsaka parang wala ako nakitang church hehe.

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2 years ago

Traveling is your life. Sana lahat. Sana mapuntahan ko din soon yang mga lugar na yan. πŸ’™πŸ’™

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2 years ago

I can't say that it's my life but I want to do it while I can not when I'm old and harder to getting around :D

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2 years ago

hehe history became even more interesting when I started traveling too...

my mind is thinking how they survived almost a year locking themselves in.. maddening almost a year thinking they are still at war. Wah.

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It's the psychological part of it all that was the hardest for sure. But I really admire their bravery, resolve and loyalty to their country.

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It is most likely their survival code : trust no one

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2 years ago

True that. It's war anyway.

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2 years ago

I'm curious, why are pictures not allowed in the museum of Baler? The water fall in 10th frame...I don't see myself going to visit a water fall anytime soon. I'm scared of death by drowning and wouldn't wanna risk my life. 🀣🀣

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Taking pictures is okay but not video. I don't understand the logic. I didn't go in that time for I was so sleepy and some of my companions too so we waited in one of the benches at the park and dozed off lol!

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2 years ago

You can actually make a video without anyone noticing. I'd have done that if I were there.

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2 years ago

Baler Aurora πŸ₯° isa sa mga lugar na gusto ko puntahan

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2 years ago

For sure mag eenjoy ka dun. Daming beach at waterfalls hehe.

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2 years ago

Sayang hanggang stop over lang kami ng ilang minute sa Baler. Thank you po sa patour as always at sa magagandang pictures.

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2 years ago

Mabilisang tour lang din yan. Kais magkakalapit lang un mga yan. Sayang naman. Dibale next time :)

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2 years ago

Pag kaya ng mga bulilit ang mahabahabang byahe :)

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2 years ago

Maybe baler will be on my dream only but i loved that place..I will put that one in my bucketlistπŸ˜…

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2 years ago

You'll never know :) Maybe you will get there sooner :)

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Baler is one of my dream destination talaga. Hays, I hope ma achieve ko talaga makapunta jan πŸ™‚

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2 years ago

Claim it :) By God's will you will be able to visit this wonderful place.

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2 years ago

Wow! It's perfect there ARTicLEE.πŸ₯° Baler is so awesome. It's one of the best for tours. I love it. I hope someday I can visit there too.. πŸ₯°β€οΈ

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2 years ago

I hope you do for it is a province with lots to offer.

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2 years ago

I'm hoping ARTicLEE..πŸ™β€οΈ good morning.☺️

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2 years ago

That was an interesting historical facts about the Baler siege.

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2 years ago

I just learned that while writing this :D

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2 years ago

That was an amazing tour with additional history. Baler now is one of the place I want to visit when it is okay to travel.

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2 years ago

I want to go back to that place. Lots of things to explore. One week is not enough :D

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2 years ago

Ganda din jan super init lang tlga wah.. Inpadas u met kuma nagsurf a pra lalong fun hehehe

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2 years ago

Parang magandang tumira dyan ☺ ang gaganda nung mga pinasyalan nyo :)

Baler is indeed a historical place in the country

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2 years ago

Magandang option dito bili ng farm hehe.

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2 years ago

Pwede, malayo lang pero ok pa rin. Mura ba farm don? Hihihi

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2 years ago

Ang alam ko mura lang e. Dijay lang antey adayu hehe.

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2 years ago

Wen adayo talaga hehe

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2 years ago

This contains a lot of information 😍 And Aurora is so beautiful. Philippines is really blessed with beautiful landscapes.

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2 years ago

Ayun nakavisit din :D

Dami pa pwede pasyalan jan sa Aurora.

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2 years ago

I have so many places to visit na Malaga on my list. Once this pandemic is over, iisa-isahin ko talaga yan haha. Solo flight kung solo flight haha

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2 years ago

Sabihan mo lang ako. Para sabay tayo mag solo flight haha!

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2 years ago

I would love to discuss my history for one of the cities here in my Pakistan, and soon will share Aurora seems a great place

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2 years ago

It would be nice to know some history of a place. It gives character to it. Although not all can appreciate it.

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2 years ago

I will be writing an article over it shortly

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2 years ago

Alrighty. Looking forward to that.

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2 years ago

Lovely article, the hidden gems like Baler are truly a Nomad's kind of travel destination.

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2 years ago

I hope to go back and visit this place again and explore the other destinations.

Awesome! Thanks a lot for that :)

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2 years ago

Cheers

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