Back in the 70s and 80s, Dicaloyungan River was one of the best picnic places in Baler. It’s near the town and there was a big natural swimming pool just by the road. Here’s two pictures of the old place taken from the 1978 MLQ Centenial Yearbook:
The original caption from the yearbook reads:
In the midst of the Sierra Madre Mountains surrounded by wide coconut plantations and lusty vegetation is the popular Dicaloyungan Week-end Resort – famous for picnics, outings, dancing and other recreational activities. Constructed and being maintained by the Aurora Engineering District, DPH.
Dicaloyungan also played a big part in our town’s history being the site of Putok sa Dikaloyungan that marked the start of the local rebellion against Spain. The site was memorialized by a historical marker in a location near the river where historians believe the event happened.
Today, the resort and pool in the old photos are gone. In their place is a small house and the river that trickles on summertime and regularly floods every rainy season.
Today, a mention of Dikaloyungan River will remind locals of a dirty picnic place, a bridge that’s taking years to finish and a temporary one that washes off every time there’s a heavy rainfall.
No wonder the place is rarely mentioned as one of the tourist destinations in Baler. The place was relegated as a local picnic and laundry area.
The temporary bridge in Dikaloyungan, temporary for the last three years.
But Dikaloyungan River still has its surprises. A few minutes walk upstream and it turns into a different place. Take a look:
These photos were taken last Sunday, September 7. We’re actually looking for a secluded lagoon near the source of the river but time was not on our side.
So forget those preconceptions about Dikaloyungan and give the place a second look. See more pictures in this Facebook shared album with more photos by Joel Vedad, Vincent Gonzales, Matthew Vergara, Rey Zamora and Giselle Querijero.