from the Business Mirror written by Benjamin Layug:
BALER, the provincial capital and center for trade and industry of Aurora province, found itself back in the radar recently when a namesake movie won as Best Picture and a host of other awards in last yearâ€™s Metro Manila Film Festival, its plot based on the 337-day (June 27, 1898-June 2, 1899) siege of its Spanish garrison by Filipino rebels.
When the garrison finally surrendered (the last to do so in the country), Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, in admiration, declared, on June 30 (now Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day), that the remaining 33 Spanish soldiers were not to be imprisoned but honored as friends. Me and my family watched the movie and, being actually filmed on location, I was also impressed by its rugged scenery and decided to visit it. I did so on Holy Week. With me were my two kids, Jandy and Cheska, plus lady friends Lourdes â€œLuluâ€ Siguenza and Rosevie â€œViâ€ Sevilla.
I just want to correct something. In the article, Mr. Layug wrote:
Long before the movie, Baler was already known as one of the countryâ€™s top five surfing areas, its tall waves â€œartificiallyâ€ created when the townâ€™s engineers opened the mouth of Baler Bay to the townâ€™s river to prevent flooding during the rainy season. The clashing waters coming from the river and the Pacific formed strong, sharp break waves that now provide an exhilarating high among experienced surfers.
This is not true. Baler always has big waves and they were not artificially created. Town engineers periodically open or enlarge the river’s mouth to prevent floods during typhoon season but they only affect the natural waves near the river. The more popular surfing spots along Sabang Beach and Cemento Cove are all natural.
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