Ermita Hill Park

Baler, Aurora

Ermita Hill Park is located in Baler, Aurora. On September 27, 1735, 'Tromba Marina', a phenomenal tidal wave swept the town of Baler. Those who survived the catastrophe fled and took refuge at Mt. Castillo, a neighboring hill now called Ermita.

In 1798, Muslim pirates from the islands of Ticao and Burrias raided and invaded the coastal areas of Tayabas including the town of Baler. ...

Again the survivors escaped by fleeing and hiding in the forest around Ermita. In such events the people were led by Fray Jose de Esperagoza. Later when its significance was recognized, a tower was built atop the hill to serve as a watchman's post to monitor approaching enemies.

Today the historic hill serves as an altar of devotion in honor of patrons, St. Joseph and Sta. Isabel. The place is a favorite venue for family picnics, bird watching or photo ops as it is overlooking the scenic Pacific Ocean.

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