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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Nagsimula sa La Union, napadpad sa Siargao, and ngayon kukumpletuhin natin ang panata dito sa "Birthplace of Surfing in the Philippines" BALER!
Baler, Aurora, Philippines
- Sabang Beach
- Nalu Surf Camp
- Ditumabo Falls (Mother Falls)
- Ermita Hill
- Baler Rock Formations
- Millennium Tree / Century-old Balete Tree
Every traveler goes through a series of awakenings. The first is usually the moment when it dawns on them that they are born to wander.
Being dubbed as the birth place of surfing in the Philippines, Baler offers great surfing waves and is an ideal surf spot as it is a road trip away from Manila. Aside from surfing, there are many other things to do in Baler. The town has a rich history, and there are different historical landmarks in the area. Baler is also filled with many beautiful nature spots which you can explore on a day trip. These include:
- Century old Balete tree
- Diguisit beach, rock formations and waterfalls
- Ermita Hill
- Ditumabo mother falls
- Baler hanging bridge
- Quezon's rest house
- Quezon memoria ...
For years, I've had it on my bucket list to visit Baler, Aurora. The only thing that really stopped me was that I used to think it's too far up in the north like Pagudpud, Ilocos. What convinced me to make the trip? There was a span of time when my feed was being flooded with photos of my friends who've been to Baler. That's when I finally made up my mind. It's time to go. Besides, it's been too long since my friend, Ate Kwin, invited me to her province. Baler unquestionably deserves a place on your list of go-to places to satisfy your beach cravings this summer.
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Baler is a great tourist destination and for two days we were able to explore some wonderful natural attractions. Sabang beach is a long stretch of sandy shoreline with soft and shallow ocean bed. It is a haven for surfers and an ideal place for those who want to learn to surf. Numerous surf shops are situated along the beach. We hiked up Ermita Hills in Mt. Dibudalan at Sitio Dicaloyungan, Barangay Zabali. From the top of the hill, we had seen the stunning view of Baler Bay, Dima-Dimangalat and Aniao Islets. We went to a small waterfalls called Diguisit Waterfalls and enjoyed a refreshing swi ...
The town of Baler in the Province of Aurora was placed under the spotlight when a movie, bearing the same title, was shot in this location. Apart from its colorful history, it is the raging seas and the turbulent waves coming from the Pacific Ocean that make Baler a surfer's paradise.
Getting to Baler from Manila would take about six or more hours. I made a trip there with my former teammates in my previous work, and we left Manila at midnight, going through winding roads at the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, onto a narrow pass at the Canili and Diayo Dams, and arrived at Costa Pacifica, whic ...