Aurora is located in the eastern part of Central Luzon region, facing the Philippine Sea . It’s a province named after Ma. Aurora Aragon, the wife of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon. In fact, Aurora was part of the province of Quezon before 1979.
Baler, the capitol town of Aurora is one of the famous place when it comes to surfing. It’ll take 6 hours to get from Manila to Baler. A 6-hour away to experience the thrill and fun brought by the huge waves.
On the first day, we experienced the sunny and warm breeze of Sabang beach, the most popular one with surf shops and schools that cater to the beginners and the seasoned surfers. The serenity of the place is perfect destination for everyone who wants to enjoy summer vacation and to forget stressful jobs.
Baler is more than just a surfing. It is more than just a movie of Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales.
Day two of our Baler escapade, time to explore what are the other places in Baler that worth going to. We rode on a tricycle that took us in different places that made me amused.
Anyway, you will see a pleasant view of the surroundings while you were riding on a trike. I didn’t expect this kind of scenery in Baler.
Giant Balete Tree
Older than the Spanish empire in the Philippines, the 600-year old tree and largest Balete tree in Asia is what they usually called the Milleneum tree. You can have a picture beside the tree, inside the tree and even on top of it, but you should be very careful in climbing up the tree. The only thing you can’t do is to hug it.
One of the most exciting, challenging and thrilling adventures was when we hike up for about 45 minutes in the lopsided rocks and flowing waters under the scorching heat of the sun just to go to the very beautiful scenery of Ditumabo Falls or also known as Mother falls. The trek is worth it because the falls is truly awesome.
Ermita Hill is formerly known as Mt. Castillo . Along the road just before the stairway up to Ermita Hill you will see the Tromba Marina Sculpture.
This stunning sculpture is a reminder of the chaos brought by the disastrous tsunami, Tromba Marina (named by the Spanish missionaries) that destroyed the old Baler town proper in 1735. The catastrophe claimed hundreds of lives, except for the families who sought refuge at Ermita Hill for their safety.
Today, the well-maintained Ermita Hill serves as a recreational park where everyone can unwind and spend some quality time with their family or friends.
While trekking Ermita Hill you will see an almost bird’s eye view of the Baler Bay including the widen view of Sabang Beach , Cemento Beach , Dimadimalangat Islets, and even the Pacific Ocean .
The view was breathtaking and you will feel close to nature.
The life-size statue of Miraculous Mother Mary is situated in a grotto on top of the hill. Several stairs up, you will find cross statue at the top and was surrounded by a lot of trees .
One of my favorite parts in visiting Baler is when we have enough time to go to Lukso-Lukso Islet. “Lukso-Lukso” means “to hop” in English and it was named as such because those islets will make you think that you could hop on each, if you were a giant.
Lukso-Lukso is comprised of three islets off the coast of Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora. I really admire the rock formations that are visibly seen especially during low tides and also that what makes it endearing. I’m just addicted to take pictures in this place.
Before the sunset, we’re able to visit the the Donya Aurora Quezon House and Museo de Baler. It took me from the past and brought us to the history happened in this place.
After a very long journey, at the end of the day, tomorrow is another working day. Well, at least we experienced this kind of enjoyment and relaxation. Another memorable escapade had been ended. #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines