Dicaloyungan River – A Second Look

Back in the 70s and 80s, Dicaloyungan River was one of the best picnic places in Baler. It’s near the town and there was a big natural swimming pool just by the road. Here’s two pictures of the old place taken from the 1978 MLQ Centenial Yearbook:

Dikaloyungan 1970s

Dikaloyunga 1970s

The original caption from the yearbook reads:

In the midst of the Sierra Madre Mountains surrounded by wide coconut plantations and lusty vegetation is the popular Dicaloyungan Week-end Resort – famous for picnics, outings, dancing and other recreational activities. Constructed and being maintained by the Aurora Engineering District, DPH.

Dicaloyungan also played a big part in our town’s history being the site of Putok sa Dikaloyungan that marked the start of the local rebellion against Spain. The site was memorialized by a historical marker in a location near the river where historians believe the event happened.

Dikaloyungan Marker

Today, the resort and pool in the old photos are gone. In their place is a small house and the river that trickles on summertime and regularly floods every rainy season.

Dikaloyungan River

Today, a mention of Dikaloyungan River will remind locals of a dirty picnic place, a bridge that’s taking years to finish and a temporary one that washes off every time there’s a heavy rainfall.


No wonder the place is rarely mentioned as one of the tourist destinations in Baler. The place was relegated as a local picnic and laundry area.


The temporary bridge in Dikaloyungan, temporary for the last three years.

But Dikaloyungan River still has its surprises. A few minutes walk upstream and it turns into a different place. Take a look:



These photos were taken last Sunday, September 7. We’re actually looking for a secluded lagoon near the source of the river but time was not on our side.



So forget those preconceptions about Dikaloyungan and give the place a second look. See more pictures in this Facebook shared album with more photos by Joel Vedad, Vincent Gonzales, Matthew Vergara, Rey Zamora and Giselle Querijero.


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.

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