Category Archives: Dipaculao

4 Baler Tourist Spots That are Not Located in Baler

So, you open FB, Twitter or Instagram and see selfies of tourists with waterfalls, beaches, or some big tree in the background with captions like “Haller Baler!” or “Beautiful Baler!” with the accompanying hashtags #Baler, #BeautifulBaler, #SurfBaler etc, etc, etc. Problem is, some of those places are not in Baler. They’re in San Luis, or Maria Aurora, or Dipaculao. We can guess some reasons why these things happen: 1) Those tourists really don’t know where they are; 2) Their tour guides are lazy. We call some of them Turo Guides because all they do is point at places and just mention the names – points at Baler Church and only say “Baler Church”, points at Quezon House, “Quezon House”, points around Ermita Hill – “Ermita Hill, and so on; and 3) Hitching on the popularity of Baler. So even if the places are not in Baler, they are being promoted as located in Baler. The way how yoga pants, and make-ups and things are tagged #Baler on Instagram.

So we’re making this short list as a way to right the wrongs and to tell that there are also great places outside Haller Baler.

1. Ditumabo Falls in San Luis, Aurora

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Aka Mother Falls, the place is located at Brgy. Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora. There’s a time when trekking to Ditumabo Falls was a commune with nature and seeing the waterfall for the first time felt like a religious experience. Now the trek reminds you of an LRT queue and Divisoria. Seriously, the people handling the place in this popular destination should consider managing the traffic by allowing visitors in batches. Having said that, the place is still a sight to behold and many people still enjoy the experience.

2. Balete Tree in Maria Aurora, Aurora

Balete Tree

Located in Brgy. Quirino, Maria Aurora, Aurora in what is now called Ronquillo Balete Eco-Park. Also locally known as “Millenium Tree”. this giant Balete’s  (strangler fig) claim to fame is being called the “largest of its kind in Asia” and estimated to be 400 – 600 years old, depending on who’s telling. Both claims are unverified. It’s part of the Baler day tour package so most tourists just take it as part of Baler.

3. Caunayan Falls in San Luis, Aurora

Caunayan Falls

Located at Brgy. L. Pimentel, San Luis, Aurora, it’s one of the more accessible waterfalls in Central Aurora. No need to walk far as your vehicle could bring you right at the entrance . Noted for its clear and cold waters, this is one of the earliest picnic places for locals. There are actually more waterfalls upstream if you’re adventurous.

4. Amper Beach in Dipaculao, Aurora

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That’s right – Amper not Ampere. Amper is a Sitio in Brgy. Gupa, Dipaculao, Aurora where the popular beach is located. The place is known for its unique beach composed of rounded flat rocks. A few years ago, a boulevard was constructed right along the shore which added to the attraction of the place but reduced the area of the beach. The smooth rounded rocks are also mostly gone and replaced by regular rocks. We suggest going to nearby Borlongan if you want to see how Amper used to look like.

The Shores of Dipaculao

I’m slowly uploading photos of my recent solo motorcycle road trip from Baler to Dinadiawan. I started taking photos at Amper and frequently stopped to take pictures of great views at Ditale, Diarabasin, Borlongan, Dianed and Dinadiawan. The roads were already concreted all the way to Dinadiawan so taking the trip is a breeze. The photos are at the BatangBaler FB Page.

Google Earth Images of Aurora Province

I’ve been monitoring Google Earth for sometime waiting for high resolution photos of Baler and other towns in Aurora. Last year they updated the low-res images of Baler to slightly better but still low def satellite photos taken in 2010. This month, the images of Baler and some parts of San Luis and Dipaculao were again updated with the same crappy and now black and white photos. But, while Google Earth provides no joy for Aurora’s capital town, some places, especially up north are getting nice snapshots. Here are some screencaps I made for your viewing pleasures. Click on the images to biggify and see if you can spot your roof in the pictures.

Poblacion, Baler, Aurora
Poblacion, Baler, Aurora

Low-res 2010 picture of Baler, Aurora. Some big structures could be identified. From this picture, you can tell that Baler’s town plan is a mess.

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A slightly better but black and white picture of Baler.

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Binibining Aurora 2010 Candidates

The candidates of the Binibining Aurora 2010. The Talent Night will be on February 15 at the Capitol Grounds and the Coronation Night will be on February 17 at the Sentro Baler (Baler Sports Complex).

Leona Paula Santicruz
Leona Paula Santicruz

Candidate No. 1 – Ms. Leona Paula Ranillo Santicruz from San Luis.

Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales
Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales

Candidate No. 2 – Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales from Baler

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May 2010 Election – List of Aurora Candidates

Here’s the list of all local candidates for the May 2010 elections. Thanks to Comelec for the info.

Update: * – indicates incumbent officials

Congressional and Provincial Positions

For Congressman, Lone District of Aurora
1. Angara, Juan Edgardo Manalang (LDP) *
2. Manalo, Teofilo Belen (Independent)

For Provincial Governor
1. Castillo, Bellaflor-Angara (LDP)*
2. Dela Cruz, Ruben Tud (PDP-Laban)
3. Tangson, Mariano Calderon (NP)

For Provincial Vice Governor
1. Noveras, Gerardo Angala (LP)*
2. Tolentino, Danilo Amansec (LDP) (incumbent Board Member)

For Provincial Board Member – First District (Dingalan, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis)
1. Abordo, Oliver Ian Angara (LDP) (incumbent San Luis Councilor)
2. Bautista, Philip Butch Molina (LDP)
3. Dinamling, Aizalea Adangla (PDP-Laban)
4. Gagarin, Jose Lumabao (Independent)
5. Ong, Pedro Jr. Montes (NP)*
6. Padua, Oscar Wenceslao (LDP)*
7. Pimentel, Cesar Bihasa (LDP)
8. Porqueriño, Marietta Galban (NP)

For Provincial Board Member – Second District (Dipaculao, Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag)
1. Alipio, Ruben Jr. Soriano (LDP)
2. Cabauatan, Jose Sr. Blanche (LDP)*
3. Marzan, Honorio Jr. Macanas (NP)
4. Miran, Pablo Galolo (NP)
5.Pascua, Renato Villena (LDP)*
6. Tubera, Tito Castro (LP)
7. Valin, Denia Peña (LDP)*
8. Villar, Dante Cordial (NP)

List of municipal candidates after the jump.
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