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President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing

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NATURAL HIGH: Riding the waves on Sabang Beach in Baler, Aurora MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

It is 7 a.m. on a weekend, and the crashing of sea waves echoes like a siren’s call. Heads bob in and out of the water, with voices shrieking and bodies lying on top of surfboards, arms paddling, eyes darting, waiting for the next big wave.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle,Travel | Read More »

River shrimps, giant fern, edible rattan–quaint Baler food delights


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HIPONG ilog in Baler

Manuel L. Quezon, the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth, sits rigid in bronze in front of his museum, designed like a facsimile of his birthplace. The sculpture shows his aristocratic features. But his coat and tie didn’t deter the children playing at the park from climbing all over him.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Columns,Food | Read More »

Costa Pacifica Raintree: A haven amid beauty of Baler

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For those who vacation in the more popular destinations south of Metro Manila, Baler seems like a distant and remote spot. To the peripatetic and those bitten by wanderlust, Baler is a jewel of a paradise waiting to be discovered. Tucked between mountain and sea, Baler is the economic hub and political center of the province of Aurora. Its very location between the formidable Sierra Madre mountain range and the waters of the Pacific Ocean endows the town with so many attractions.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Fireworks cap Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day in Baler, Aurora

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SPANISH Ambassador Jorge Domecq is greeted by Aurora officials. PHOTOS BY JILSON SECKLER TIU

Fireworks capped Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day last June 30 , the national celebration of which took place in Baler, Aurora.

Posted: July 16th, 2012 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

It started in Baler: Angara’s ‘highest honor’ as 1st Asian, non-Spanish speaker royal academy member

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Senator Edgardo Angara. FILE PHOTO

One hundred-fourteen years ago, Spanish military doctor Rogelio Vigil de Quiñones and 32 other soldiers held fort at Baler Church in Aurora, making the last stand for their flag as the Americans came and took over the Philippines.

Posted: July 1st, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

‘Salud’ to Philippine-Spanish friendship marked in Baler

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Baler, Aurora —A melange of Filipino and Spanish songs and performing arts highlighted the 9th Dia de la Amistad Hispano-Filipina (Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day) Cultural Night on June 29 at Sentro Baler in Baler, Aurora. Choir of the World titleholder UST Singers serenaded the Baler folk and members of the diplomatic community who graced the event, [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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