There are only three things I know about Baler.
One - It is the birthplace of Maria Aurora Aragon and Manuel Luis Quezon, the infamous political lovebirds of the Philippines. Mwahmwahtsuptsup!
Two - Baler, one of 2008 MMFF official entries, sucked balls; and
Three - It is the primary destination of surfing enthusiast.
Out of curiosity, I flew all the way to Manila and embarked on a six hour journey together with my seven kaladkarin friends to Baler, Aurora.
Baler used to be the part of Quezon Province until the creation of Aurora as the 73rd province of the Philippines by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 7 with Baler as its capital. This picturesque town of Aurora Province is not just about surfing! There are lots of historical sites, parks and other recreational areas worth visiting.
If you appreciate Philippine history, visit Museo de Baler, Aurora Aragon Quezon's ancestral home and the Church of Baler. Or if you're a nature lover like me, make your way to the 600-year old Balete Tree located at the town of Maria Aurora or hike and take a dip in the cool waters of Ditumabo and Digisit Falls.
|The lower half of Ditumabo Falls|
But wait, there's more! Enjoy the scenic view of Baler coastline from Ermita Hill. Don't forget to take a stunning group photo at Lukso-Lukso islets like this:
If you're up for a food trip, have a sumptuous breakfast at Bay's Inn, enjoy unlimited Chinese food at Gerry Shan's Place for lunch and dine at a cheap yet delicious lutong bahay meals at Shane's Eatery at The Rolling Stores for dinner.
|Delicious Bangsilog of Bay's Inn. What a great way to start the day!|
Overall, Baler exceeded all of my expectations. The town has so much to offer despite the absence of gargantuan malls and movie houses. Life in this town is truly simple and laid back.
Honestly I was so stressed out on our way to Baler. I only had a few hours of sleep prior the trip and the elbow bus ride was so bumpy. But after we checked-in at Pacific Waves Resort, I thought that I have never seen a place so peaceful and so clean; it is a perfect place to unwind. And oh, jeeps are nonexistent in Baler; tricycles dominate the roads of the town. It was such a memorable experience because I have never ridden a tricycle for hours.
|Shut up and drive, drive, drive!|
The places that we had visited in Baler, Aurora deserve a separate blog post.
True enough, traveling all the way from Davao City to this place was all worth it. What a perfect way to greet summer!