Baler, Aurora – List of Hotels, Resorts, Surf Shops, Restaurants and Groceries

Click here for the Baler, Aurora Tourists Directory

Batangbaler was not really created to cater to tourists. From the very start, the target audience of this site are locals of Baler and Aurora so i felt that there’s no need to put tourists info here. There’s for that. But lately I’ve been receiving lots of inquiries about places to stay or go to in Baler from both locals and tourists. I always refer them to the Provincial Tourism Office (since the municipality of Baler has no tourism programs). This is my way of helping these people who wants to visit the place. So until the provincial government, the 8 towns of Baler and the different establishments on the list decided to have their own website, this one should do.

By the way, watch out for the San Luis, Aurora website. Coming soon to a browser near you. In fact, don’t just watch out for the website, watch out for San Luis! I’m migrating :-) I’m not a city type.

Buhay na Tubig

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Buhay Na Tubig – Agua Viva es un documental sobre la vida de familias de pescadores en Baler, provincia de Aurora, Filipinas.
Una mirada sobre la difícil realidad social, económica y medioambiental que enfrentan estas familias; y el registro de los esfuerzos realizados en conjunto por filipinos y españoles, con el fin de mejorar las condiciones de vida de esta pobla´ción.
Buhay Na Tubig -Agua Viva se ha rodado en el marco de un proyecto de cooperación al desarrollo ejecutado por la ONGD española Fundeso, junto a la Universidad de Tecnología de Aurora, ASCOT; con el apoyo de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, AECI.


Buhay Na Tubig – Agua Viva is a documentary about the lives of families of fishermen in Baler, Aurora province, Philippines.

Looking on the difficult social, economic and environmental reality faced by these families, and the the efforts made jointly by Philippine and Spain, with the aim of improving the living conditions of this town. Buhay Na Tubig-Agua Viva was shot in the framework of a cooperation project development executed by the Spanish NGO Fundeso, along with the Aurora State College of Technology, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, AECI.

2008 DOST Scholarship Qualifiers from Aurora

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Science Education Institute (SEI) announces the names of the scholarship qualifiers for SY 2008-2009. The new scholarship awardees must seek admission in the identified fields of study at any of the state colleges and universities and CHED Centers of Excellence.

Each qualifier shall receive a notice of award from the DOST-SEI or DOST Regional Offices stating the date of orientation and contract signing. He/She shall report at the designated venue with a parent/legal guardian and must bring the following requirements: accompanying parent’s/guardian’s 2008 Community Tax Certificate and notarization fee. The legal guardian is required to present his/her affidavit of guardianship.

The following are the qualifiers of the Merit Scholarship Programs from Aurora:


The following are the qualifiers of the RA 7687 Scholarship Programs:



Earth Hour

Earth Hour

On 29 March 2008 the Philippines will join countries around the world as we literally “turn the lights out” for Earth Hour – an event that will fuel awareness on climate change and prove that when the people of the world work together, they can make a difference in the fight against global warming.

Earth Hour will take place throughout the Philippines from 8 to 9 in the evening on Saturday night, 29 March 2008. WWF invites you to participate by shutting off lights for 60 minutes, organizing your own “lights-out” event or by forwarding this mail to your friends, workmates and family.

Launched in Australia on the 31st of March 2007, Earth Hour moved 2.2 million people and 2100 businesses in Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour. This massive collective effort reduced the city’s energy consumption by 10.2% for one hour. With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour in 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.

YOUR participation will go a long way in spreading the message that we, as individual droplets working collectively – can create an impetus far more powerful than the mightiest of rivers. For more information, log on to the WWF Earth Hour page at:

29th MFPI Congress and Climb at Aurora Province

The UP Mountaineers, Mountaineering Federation of the Philippines, Inc) MFPI, and the Province of Aurora presents the 29th MFPI Congress and Climb. Hike, climb, surf, bike, and beach bum for 5 days, from 8 to 12 April 2008. The province is yours to explore.

For more inquiries and/or to register, please visit or email [email protected]

Visit the MFPI website for more info.

Stay tuned for more info about this event.

Baler, Aurora Book Launched

This news appeared on Manila Bulletin on March 10. The MB website don’t use permalinks on their news so i’m reproducing the whole article here. Found via clueless forever.

The book entitled “Baler, Aurora” was launched recently at the Manila Polo Club, Makati.

The pages of the book come alive with detailed narratives of great history, great tragedy, and the lives of the great men of Baler, Aurora.

The book takes its title from the capital town of Aurora province, which is situated between the Sierra Madre mountain range and the sea. The rugged, daunting confines, however, have done little to suppress the brilliance and ambition of its natives, who have sought and attained national or international prominence.

In 1735, a tsunami wiped out the entire township, killer waves swallowing most of its residents, save for six families that moved inland before a tsunami ravaged Baler. The Angaras, Bitongs, Lumasacs, Pobletes, Carrascos, and Bijasas built another settlement three miles from the original site instead of relocating elsewhere.

From these families and a small infusion of migrants came a president of the Commonwealth (Quezon), two senate presidents (Quezon and Angara), a former president of the University of the Philippines (Angara), and the first woman majority floor leader of the Philippine House of Representatives (Bella Angara-Castillo). Renowned artists Jeho Bitancor, Maria Cruz, and Zeneida Angara Amador also have Baler roots.

The contrast between isolation and renown and the irony of a remote area turning out so many prominent leaders is discussed in the book. The last stand of 50 Spanish soldiers for Mother Spain also took place at the stone church of Baler place after Spain lost the war and had officially declared it.

The Spanish cazadores, their ranks diminished by disease and hunger, stubbornly held out for a year at the stone church , under siege from Katipuneros just as determined to wipe out the last vestiges of the Spanish military presence.

“The book is a compelling read. You have history and tragedy. It is about a place of impossible isolation that routinely sees its sons breaking out into national prominence. Yet, there are chapters devoted to flora and fauna, artifacts and heirlooms,” said Senator Edgardo J. Angara also the book’s publisher.

Senator Edgardo J. Angara, a Baler native and one of the biggest names in Philippine politics, published the book that also sweeps through the life and times of Manuel Luis Quezon, often called the greatest president the country ever had, who like Angara was born and raised there.

The book, in a glorious but not awkward shift, also gives an answer that Angara himself proposes in answer to a recurring query. Should Baler thrive on its isolation to preserve its physical grandeur, its pristine natural beauty and progress be damned? Or, should it finally join the economic mainstream, end centuries of isolation and declare itself “open for business?”

For info on how to have a copy of the book, just click here.

Baler, Aurora – The Book

Baler, Aurora - The Book

Baler, Aurora is a book project by our good senator Edgardo J. Angara. It’s a thick, hard-bound, full-glossy coffee table book with loads of great photos and articles written by the senator himself and also by Jesus T. Peralta, Domingo Madulid, Jose Maria A. Cariño, Xavier Brisset, Enrique Quezon Avanceña, Manuel L. Quezon III, Ricardo T. Jose and Cong. Juan Edgardo M. Angara. I only managed to browse the book yesterday and I can’t wait to read the articles and feast on the photos – if I can score a few thousand bucks to buy it.

The book is now available. The price is less than 100$. If you want to buy one, just email me at [email protected]m and I’ll give you the details. I was informed that the book was printed abroad and only has a limited run. So get one now.

Baler, Aurora - The Book

Baler, Aurora - The Book