Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Baler, Aurora

I had the chance to visit Baler, Aurora March 15 and 16, 2012.  The town is small but it has it's own charms.  It has a long beach ideal for aspiring surfers.  It's a historical town being the birthplace of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon and his first lady Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon, and the siege by Filipino insurgents on the Spanish soldier that took refuge inside the church during the spanish occupation of the Philippines.

The road going to Baler is not all paved there are short portions that has not yet been paved, between Talavera in Nueva Ecija and Aurora Province.  Although, as of this writing, the roads are being paved.   It can be reached by an ordinary car but an SUV would be a better vehicle to tread the long zig-zag road, longer than the zig-zag roads leading to Baguio.

You will pass by the Pantabangan reservoir and two small dams the Canili and Diayo along the way.  The trip is about 8 hrs drive from Manila.  A little trivia.  The province is named after the First Lady Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon.

                                The beach fronting Bay-ler View Hotel.  Ideal for Surfing beginners.

 The hotel where we stayed

 Obelisk near the Town Hall

 The new Baler town hall

 Birthplace marker of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon

 President Manuel Luis Quezon Monument at the center of the plaza

 Baler Museum

 Replica of the house of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon

 The church where the siege of Baler took place.

 Commemorative Marker of the Church Siege

 Replica of the house of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon
  The Monument of the First Lady Doña Aurora at the Provincial Capitol of Aurora

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