from the Manila Standard Today online, another review of the Baler, Aurora book. By: Mae Gianina Cabalida.
As with all books, itâ€™s not important what writers have been through, but what the writers produce and itâ€™s not important what the book looks like, beautiful as it is, but what it contains.â€â€” Manuel L. Quezon III.
Baler takes the reader into a journey through the capital town of Aurora, a province situated between lush and formidable mountains, and a vast coastline opening to the Pacific.
The book describes in detail a town that has been witness, and sometimes casualty to, a rich and colorful history. Originally three miles closer to the shore, Baler was transferred to its present site after a tsunami in 1735 wiped off the original town, leaving only five surviving families: the Angaras, Bijasas, Bitongs, Carrascos, Lumasacs and Pobletes.