Noong ginagawa ang Baler-Bongabong Road nung dekada 20, may dalawang ginawang rest house para sa mga manggagawa ng kalsada at para sa mga dumadaan doon. Ang isa ay ang sa Villa Aurora at ang isa naman ay sa lugar na tinatawag nating Boundary. Mula sa Reminiscence ni Poppo Olag:
From the hamlet of Kalanan, a winding unpaved road zigzags dizzily along the curve of hazy-gray mountain cliffs to the scenic spot of Boundary. This demarcation site between the provinces of Nueva Ecija and northern Tayabas (Quezon), now Aurora province was developed into a resting station as sanctuary for the road builders. The development started in 1926 during the tenure of Manuel A. Gonzales, the ninth mayor of Baler in conjunction with the construction of Baler-Bongabong national road.
Boundary is located roughly about 68 kilometers west of the town of Baler on the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges overlooking the Pacific Ocean which stands some thousand meters above sea level. Its climate is airy and refreshing, phenomenally cool during the months of October through March, and marvelously pleasant from April through September. Because of its excellent climate, varieties of orchids grew luxuriantly in its surrounding, besides the evergreens that made the place mystically mesmerizing.
At the summit stands a rest house, and from its location the panoramic vista of the blue Pacific silhouetted by the Sierra Madre peels back with breathtaking sceneries. A slippery lane connects the rest house to the national road, and some hundred meters below is a swimming pool designed and engineered by Mother Nature. Shaded by giant ferns, towering trees, and impenetrable by sunlight, the pool is chillingly cold.
Pareho nang wala ang dalawang rest house na iyon. Pero ang binabanggit na swimming pool ay naroon pa at mahabang panahon na nalimutan. Ngayon ay na-restore na uli ang lugar. Pwede na uling pagpiknikan at paliguan. Di ito kaagad makikita dahil ito ay nasa bahaging ibaba ng daan. Ang makikita lamang ay isang billboard na nagtatanda kung nasaan ito.
Ito ang isang video ng lugar na nakita ko sa Youtube:
Ang Singles for Christ Region 3 ay magkakaroon ng Regional Conference sa Baler, Aurora simula August 29 hanggang 31. Ito ay gaganapin sa Baler Central School.
Ayon sa wikipedia:
CFC-Singles for Christ was established in 1993 as a ministry to single, young professionals of Couples for Christ, headquartered in Manila, Philippines. Although it grew slowly at first, CFC-SFC gradually expanded into areas already established by CFC, and established its own SFC mission areas. By 2005, CFC-SFC had over 200,000 members worldwide. CFC-SFC now has a worldwide membership of 300,000.
Mula sa inquirer.net : ‘Lawin’ nears, to make landfall in Aurora
After making landfall in Aurora by Wednesday afternoon, the storm, which is moving west northwest at 17 kilometers per hour, was forecast to be over Baguio City on Wednesday evening, 340 kilometers west northwest of Baguio by Thursday evening, and 670 kilometers northwest of Baguio by Friday evening, it said.
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Ayon sa PAGASA ay sa Baler ang landfall ng bayong ito kaya maging alerto po tayo. Maigi nang nag-iingat.
Para sa mga gustu pang madagdagan ang kaalaman tungkol sa Baler, narito ang isang article mula sa Click the City:
Baler: A Remote Town Steeped In History ni Vic Albornoz Lactaoen
Visiting Baler is like leafing through the precious pages of history. Hereâ€™s a chapter on the Siege of Baler: The date was June 27, 1898, and the place was the barricaded stone church of Baler, where 33 surviving soldiers from the Spanish military command were gallantly making their last stand â€“ determined to fight to the last man for their beloved country â€“ in the raging Philippine â€“Spanish War. Starving, ailing and war-weary, they kept the faith and kept going long after the war was over. Bloodied but unbowed, the soldiers finally relented and hobbled out of the church almost a year after they occupied it.
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Salamat kay Jhen Cuerdo sa kanyang Baler alert sa friendster.
Ang video ng Lukso Happy 5, isang skateboarding competition na ginagawa tuwing fiesta ng Baler. Hatid sa atin ng Taga Baler Skateboarding Community. Ginanap ito noong August 15 sa municipal plaza ng Baler.
Ipinakikilala – ang bagung-bagung official website ng bayan ng San Luis. Makikita sa www.sanluisaurora.ph. Under development pa ito kaya marami pang kulang na info at kaunti pa lang ang laman, pero obra nang pasyalan. Magkakaroon sana ito ng engrandeng launching kagabi sa Bb. San Luis coronation night kaya lang umulan at napurnada ang projection system na ginagamit. Marami sanang live hits ang website. Para sa mga tiga-San Luis lalu na yung mga nasa malalayong lugar, magandang balita ito dahil magkakaroon na kayo lagi ng update tungkol sa inyong magandang bayan. Ito ang kaunahang official website ng isang bayan sa Aurora. Isang masigabong palakpakan kay Mayor Annabelle Tangson dahil nakakaintindi siya sa kahalagahan ng information technology. Sana ay mahawa ang ibang bayan dito lalu na ang Baler.