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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

ditumabo falls_san luis_kidlat gonzales

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


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.

San Luis, Aurora – No. 6 Top Performing Municipality in the Philippines for 2011

That’s from the report published by the Department of Interior and Local Government in their website on August 23. Considering that there are 1,491 municipalities in the country, being in the Top 6 is a great feat for San Luis. Mayor Annabelle Tangson posted this comment in my FB post about her town’s accomplishment:

Thank you sa mga opisyales at mga mamamayan ng San Luis. Nangyari Ito dahil sa ating pagkakaisa at mabuting pagsasamat, sa susunod dapat number one na. Taos pusong pasasalamat!

The DILG Report – Top Performing LGU’s, CYs 2009-2011

San Luis Top 6 Best Performing Municipality for 2011 - DILG Report.
San Luis Top 6 Best Performing Municipality for 2011 – DILG Report.

San Luis is also the top municipality in Aurora Province based on the Good Governance Index (2008) issued by National Statistical Coordinating Council.

Good Governance Index of Aurora Municipalites (2008) (source:
1. San Luis – 240.35/Rank 174
2. Dinalungan – 227.96/Rank 202
3. Casiguran – 216.22/Rank 248
4. Dipaculao – 187.41/Rank 364
5. Dilasag – 176.40/Rank 438
6. Baler – 175.74/Rank 444
7. Maria Aurora – 154.47/Rank 606
8. Dingalan – 115.13/Rank 1,110


Kuli-Kuli Adventures

Trek to Kuli-kuli.
Trek to Kuli-kuli.

A couple of weeks ago I got a tip from fellow photographer Jaymar about this other waterfalls in L. Pimentel, so we planned to go there and take pictures. I also decided to have a brief detour to Banju Springs in Brgy. Real, a tourist destination with very few online presence. So I posted an announcement in the Aurora Camera Club FB page about the trip and some group members responded. The date was set to Sunday, September 1. The meeting place was at the Quezon Park and I went there early to chek what’s new at the Museo de Baler – nothing. I saw Von and Mato waiting for me when I got out of the museum. There’s also Eddieboi but he’s just there for a quick meet and greet because he can’t come. We took off in our motorcycles a little after 10 am, had a brief stop at Caltex for provisions and fuel then off we went to San Luis. At Disalet Bridge, Rey and Jaymar and his friend were waiting for us. A few more chit-chats then off we go.

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San Luis Fiesta 2011 – Schedule of Events

San Luis Fiesta/52nd Founding Anniversary 2011
Schedule of Activities

August 5-24
Street Decor Competition

August 21-25
Agro-Tourism Fair and Araw ng Magsasaka

August 21
Battle of the Bands and SK Night

August 22
SMB Night and Fireworks Display

August 23
7:00 AM  School Band Competition
9:00 AM Inauguration of San Luis Student Dormitory
7:00 PM  Foundation Ball

August 24
7:00 AM  MAss
8:00 AM Grand Parade – 10th Sabutan Festival
Program (after the parade)
Launching of San Luis Serbilis (Sa San Luis ang Serbisyo ay Mabilis)
1:00 PM Street Dancing Competition
7:00 Gabi ng Kultura

August 25
6:00 AM Prusisyon ni San Luis na Hari
7:00 PM Binibining San Luis 2011

Thanks to San Luis Tourism Office for the info.
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Michelle D. Asuncion is Bb. San Luis 2010

Bb. San Luis 2010
Bb. San Luis 2010

Michelle D. Asuncion, a student from San Luis National High School who represented Brgy. Zarah is Bb. San Luis 2010. She bested 6 other candidates. Ms. Mary Jane A. Antonio from Brgy. Bacong (left) and Ms. Xyra B. Romulo from Brgy. Nonong Sr (right) won the 1st and 2nd runner-up awards. Bb. San Luis held on August 25 was the highlight of the one-week Sabutan Festival and 51st Foundation Anniversary of the Municipality of San Luis, Aurora.