There's no way but up to Ermita Hill

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Let's continue our tour in the province of Aurora, particularly Baler.

The last leg of our Barangay Zabali tour took us to Ermita Hill or formerly known as Point Baja Hill. I can't find anything online why they called it Ermita Hill. The neighboring mountain is called Mt. Castillo.

Imagine yourself sleeping the night before with everything intact only to be gone the next day. Your house gone. Your town gone. Natural occurrences happen in such a disastrous way that it takes everything with it including property and life.

Just like the tragic story of Ermita Hill.

On the night of December 27, 1735, while the told town of Baler was sleeping, a tsunami or tromba marina engulfed the town sweeping and destroying everything in its way. It came like a thief in the night. In an hour it killed about 500 people. Only 7 families managed to survive the said tragedy. These survivors were able to swim to the nearest hill - Ermita. I can only imagine the pain and loss these families must have felt. Your home gone in an instant.

These families are the Bihasas, Bitongs, Carrascos, Ferreras, Lumasacs, Poblete and the Angaras. The Angaras are prominent name in the country for they are known in the political arena.

According to history, a sacristan came to the town's convent to warn the priest about the fast rising of water. That was around 2:00 a.m. when the tsunami struck. The tsunami came without warning. It was not even a bad weather at that time which was really odd. Interestingly, the other areas on the same shoreline were not affected by the tsunami.

The capital of Baler was then moved further inland and the resettlement of the old Baler is now called Kinagunasan which means wiped out or devastated.

At the base of hill you will see these sculptures of a family helping each other up the hill. A grim reminder of that fateful day. Once again I couldn't find who made this sculpture.

Source: https://baler.gov.ph/about-baler/history/

Ermita Hill today is now a park and also an arboretum. An arboretum is a place where collection of different trees are planted. It's like a botanical garden.

A few minutes drive from the lighthouse and waterfalls, we checked out what Ermita Hill has to offer.

One would have to pay the corresponding fee or none at all if you are a local. The fees collected are used to maintain the place and also some were given to scholars. The land which used to be a government property now belongs to Aurora State College.

Here you can see lighthouse in the distance.

There are about 300 steps up to the highest point of the hill. I can't remember what were the trees there but there were fruit bearing trees as well. You get to see a view of the Pacific Ocean and Sabang Beach and some of Baler. It's not a clear view though for it is covered by the trees.

During the old times, the town was raided by pirates. Ermita Hill is a good vantage point to guard and watch for incoming raiders. One time that the pirates came to raid the coastal towns, the people were warned by the watchers of incoming pirates. The people then hid in the tunnels of Ermita. Fortunately, the pirates were unable to find them. It is said that these pirates saw a light emanating from the mountain which drove the pirates away thus sparing the locals. Locals believed that was the Patron of Saint, Sta. Isabel.

Also at the top of the hill is a cross which serves as a memorial to that fateful night of 1735. It symbolizes hope and survival.

This needs a major makeover though.

It was such a lovely place to spend your time with while enjoying the scenic views. There were beautiful flowers too at the park. You can sit under the trees where there are seats and tables. We also saw different kinds of birds such as the Luzon hornbill. It was our first time to see that.

At the foot of the stairs are souvenir shops and stores that also serve some food and refreshments. I find these keychains colorful and cute.

All contents are mine except otherwise stated.

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woah grabe yung madaling araw talaga na banlas nang tsunami yung isang bayan? pero ngayon ang ganda na niya

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1 year ago

Kaya nga e. Nakakatakot pag nakakaexperience ng ganun. Wala ka talagang ligtas e kasi walang kamuwang muwang sa nangyayari.

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1 year ago

sana di mangyari satin yan naku naman..buti malayo kami sa dagat

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1 year ago

God dear friend, what a beautiful place, but how terrible what happened there, I find it so sad, so painful, it is a place really full of history, could it be that this place has a curse, I say that because the tsunami only affected them.

Undoubtedly nature recovers what was theirs, what beautiful trees, no doubt it is an ideal place to guard the coasts of pirates and corsairs, I imagine that more than one must rest in those lands and even the treasure loot, it is a magical place as I see and read, God. how fortunate that you visited it, thank you for sharing this so unique and delight all those who do not even have the opportunity to visit your country, greetings.

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1 year ago

I couldn't say if it was a curse but it was one of those odd phenomenon. I haven't checked the place real well but there doesn't seem to be any sign of destruction there at all. Indeed, the place has recovered from that.

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1 year ago

I enjoy "going" on field trips with you. Thanks for the vicarious thrills.

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1 year ago

Thanks for appreciating!

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1 year ago

Seems like place is such an amazing. Especially, the trees with stairs. It’s really looking like a adventure place. Btw, story was amazing.

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1 year ago

It was. It's god that they build the stairs under the trees. There are even places to seat where you can relax if you are tired.

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No doubt, God has created this world so beautiful and relax full only you need is to see with a good eye.

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1 year ago

Ang gandaaaaa, lalo don sa 300 stairs, tas the view of the Pacific ocean at the top. Hays, when pa kaya ako maka punta diyan 😭😭

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1 year ago

Hehe pag okay lahat byahe na tayo :D

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1 year ago

Beautiful place but what a tragic history. Nice to meet you dear, I'm new here :)

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1 year ago

It really was tragic. Welcome to read. See you around :)

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1 year ago

the story is heartbreaking.. and looking at the sculpture, i felt the pain nung mga survivors.. grabe

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1 year ago

Nakakalungkot isipin ung nangyari. Sana di na maulit.

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1 year ago

yah..sana di na maulit

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1 year ago

May ganyang place pala dito sa pinas. 🥰Nakaka inspire mag virtual travel.char hahah

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1 year ago

Hehe dami magandang puntahan dito sa atin :)

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1 year ago

Ang ganda po ng Aurora, underrated province for sure! Nakakalungkot lang po yung tragedy na nangyari noon. Di talaga natin masabi na may gantong pangyayari na bigla nalang mawiwipeout and isang lugar.

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1 year ago

Sana nga ma preserve na siya na ganyan lang. Okay na na under rated basta hindi masira.

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1 year ago

Nakapunta na po ako dyan sir pero di ko nakuhanan yung sculpture. Hehe

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1 year ago

Ako din di ko mapicturan ng maayos.

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1 year ago

I liked how you tell your tour of the place and the photos. But the history of the site is quite sad. And the photo of the family sculpture seems a bit creepy to me. All that history reminds me of a tragedy that occurred here in 1999. Some heavy rains during days provoked an immense landslide in El Avila, the mountain that surrounds Caracas. But towards the side of the mountain that faces the sea. Huge rocks, mud, and water rivers fell down the mountain. And some small towns disappeared almost completely.

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1 year ago

I don't know if this was the same. The Vargas tragedy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQG-h-R080g I just can't finish watching it. It's heart wrenching :(

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQG-h-R080g

Yes, that's it. It was a wrenching tragedy. There were thousands of missing people. And some areas even today haven't recovered after that. And many people had to be relocated to other states.

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1 year ago

I doubt if I could recover from that. Nature is really destructive sometimes it's terrifying.

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1 year ago

Parang ang sarap talaga gumala diyan. Nakak refresh. Nakooo na iinggit akooo. Gusto ko din gumala 😭

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1 year ago

Ako din gusto ko na gumala pero wala talaga muna ngayon. Di ka magsisi pag napuntahan mo to. Maganda siyang pasyalan.

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1 year ago

I also really wanted to travel and go around the world, in future maybe? All the photos you captured really amazed me

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Soon you can do it. Traveling around the world is doable. We just have to be prepared for it.

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1 year ago

The perfect place I want to be with, nothing beats mountains haha it's pretty on top seeing that river, though the story behind it kinda sad

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1 year ago

The mountains are my kind of place too and to have a view of the ocean is great!

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1 year ago

Amazing tour as usual❤ that story about the place though... masakit sa dibdib. And yung sculptures, they must really depict what happened on that day...

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1 year ago

What really interests me is that the tsunami was concentrated on that area and no other places were hit.

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1 year ago

That's one of the happenings that we simply cannot understand. And it is really interesting too that a priest went to warn them beforehand.

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1 year ago

Sad naman ang nangyari, nakakatakot talaga ang tsunami. Anyways, nice shots po :) I remember the hill we've gone to nung nasa Dapitan kami kung saan itinapon si Rizal. It was a good point to see the enemies as well.

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1 year ago

Advantage din talaga pag mataas na lugar e. Di ko pa napuntahan ang Dapitan.

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1 year ago

Tama, medyo malayo ang Dapitan. Pero may magandang beach dun ang Dakak :)

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1 year ago

Ang ganda dyan makulay saka sa picture pa lang parang sariwa ang hangin talaga!

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1 year ago

Oo sariwa ang hangin. Sarap tumambay nga jan e.

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1 year ago

You see what you do with your articles is what I inspire to do . You really don’t know how much inspiration I draw from your articles . Thank you for always giving me 💯 💪

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1 year ago

I'm sure you can do it too :) Thanks much!

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1 year ago

Haha ERMITA surname ko actually, baka may kamag anak ako jan😂 ganda ng place🤩 perfect place to unwind.

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1 year ago

Baka nga kamag-anak mo nagpangalan nyan lugar na yan hehe.

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1 year ago

You could be a great tour guide 👌 A proper tour with the history. Amazing

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1 year ago

If given the chance, I can tour you around :D

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1 year ago

Ganda ng kuha sa trees

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1 year ago

Salamat :) Ganda talaga jan nakakarelax.

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1 year ago

I like what Ermita hill has become, it's a really wonderful view now. And I hope to visit it one day. Thanks for writing about it.

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1 year ago

I like it too. Despite it all, it's a wonderful place!

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1 year ago

Yeah..✌

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1 year ago

Ermita hill has a breath taking view. 😍 You're such a traveller. I do hope the results are negative as well. Keep safe.

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1 year ago

Thanks so much. Stay safe too :)

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1 year ago

Nagmayat met daytan sculpture. Awan pic mo nga kasta?

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1 year ago

Han ko samet mapicturan nga nasayaat idi isu ta madik pinicturan. Awan met lang inpost ko jay steemit ngay.

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