The Bounty of Baler

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 year’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 “Lulu” Siguenza and Rosevie “Vi” Sevilla.

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I just want to correct something. In the article, Mr. Layug wrote:

Long before the movie, Baler was already known as one of the country’s top five surfing areas, its tall waves “artificially” created when the town’s engineers opened the mouth of Baler Bay to the town’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.

About kidlat

Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

4 thoughts on “The Bounty of Baler”

  1. Ay malayo nga iyan sa katotohanan. Batang pakloy pa lamang ako ay napunta na ako sa Sabang at naliligo sa dagat. Di lalu na noong high school ako at napatira sa sabang nang dalawang taon, ay di na nagbago ang alon diyan. Yung mga Hapon kahilig mag-surfing maski na pausad-usad laang ang alon sa kanila. Ay di maniwala pag sinasabi ku na parang Hawai Five O ang alon sa Baler. Ay di pa pinanganak yung mga engineer na iyan ganyan na ang alon diyan, anong “artificial”? Aba, baka magalit ang alon dyan mabag-bag ang bangka niyan. Limus ka sa dagat.

  2. aryoo ay talaga namang malaking kabulastugan laang yang sinabing pinalaki ng mga engineer ang alon sa baler. at tanu nakakita ka na ng ganyang pagpapago sa alon maski saang lupalop ng mundo na ginawa ng mga tao, engineer o hindi? kung pwede nga laang gaw-in iyan ay bakit yung napakayayamang bansa de gumawa na alon sa kanilang aplaya? adi sana de na dadayu ang mga kanu, hapon o europeans sa hawaii, sa pinas o kung saan mang may malalaking alon—gumawa na lamang sana sila ng gustu nilang alon sa kanilang aplaya.

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