Baler's Historical Heritage

Before we head home, we visited the historical sites of Baler. Our first stop is the house of Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon.

This house depicts that of the traditional Filipino style home, the kind made of wood and has a silong. Furnishings are also made of wood. Inside the house are some memorabilias owned by Dona Aurora.

Through the years, this house underwent series of repairs and revisions after it was burned during the Spanish regime. This version of the house, they say, is the closest to the original. Refresh your memory with these facts about Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon: 
  • She is the wife of former president and the first president of the Commonwealth Republic, Manuel L. Quezon. 
  • She's a native of Baler, Tayabas (presently Aurora province).
  • She was ambushed together with her daughter Ma. Aurora "Baby" on April 28, 1949.
  • The province of Aurora was named in her honor.

Dona Aurora and Pres. Manuel Quezon

Historical milestone of Baler and native Filipiniana and barong

Beautiful Baler

Baler is the provincial capital of Aurora. Known for its beautiful waves, it is one of the surfing capitals of the Philippines. It also boasts of its beautiful landscapes and historical spots making it a one-stop tourist destination.

Energize with this beautiful sunrise at Sabang Beach.

Dicasalarin Cove

Dicasalarin Cove is located at Brgy. Zabali, a 15 minute ride from the town proper. This place is a secret waiting to be unfold. Even from afar the scenery was very pleasing and enticing. Apart from swimming in the beach, you can climb the lighthouse on top of a cliff or visit the Longhouse. To know more about Dicasalarin, read the separate post here. 

Diguisit Falls

Diguisit Falls is a three-tiered waterfall situated along the road. It is opposite to Diguisit Beach and the rock formations (islets) which I missed, unfortunately. Water can be so cold because it streams down from the mountain. If you want to get the most of the Diguisit experience, you need to climb the topmost part, just be careful because the soil and rocks can be very slippery.

Ditumabo Falls: Aurora's Finest

Posted on: Saturday, January 03, 2015 | , , , , ,
We began our afternoon tour by trekking (again) to Ditumabo Falls more popularly known as Mother Falls in Brgy. Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora. Standing at approximately 140 feet high, it is the tallest waterfall in the province.

Since it flows from Sierra Madre mountains, it can get so cold especially when it rains. Check the haze in all the pictures. The falling water are caught in between a large space of rocks acting like a reservoir where guests can swim and plunge into. 

Mother Falls

Getting here was not that easy. First, the tricycle ride was very rough and bumpy about 15-20 minutes. I really mean the word bumpy because I was momentarily separated from my seat when the tricycle hit the rough and bouldery road. When we reached the entrance, the challenge was far from over, we crossed makeshift bridges and hiked rocky terrains for at least an hour before we reached the main falls.

Since this is a top tourist destination, it is highly suggested that you visit early in the morning to maximize the experience. Guests are allowed to trek until 4 pm for safety reasons, so make sure to be here before the specified time. They do not allow bringing of food and drinks at the falls.

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