Category Archives: Nature

The Shores of Dipaculao

I’m slowly uploading photos of my recent solo motorcycle road trip from Baler to Dinadiawan. I started taking photos at Amper and frequently stopped to take pictures of great views at Ditale, Diarabasin, Borlongan, Dianed and Dinadiawan. The roads were already concreted all the way to Dinadiawan so taking the trip is a breeze. The photos are at the BatangBaler FB Page.

Dicaloyungan River – A Second Look

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:

Dikaloyungan 1970s

Dikaloyunga 1970s

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.

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Kuli-Kuli Adventures

Trek to Kuli-kuli.
Trek to Kuli-kuli.

A couple of weeks ago I got a tip from fellow photographer Jaymar about this other waterfalls in L. Pimentel, so we planned to go there and take pictures. I also decided to have a brief detour to Banju Springs in Brgy. Real, a tourist destination with very few online presence. So I posted an announcement in the Aurora Camera Club FB page about the trip and some group members responded. The date was set to Sunday, September 1. The meeting place was at the Quezon Park and I went there early to chek what’s new at the Museo de Baler – nothing. I saw Von and Mato waiting for me when I got out of the museum. There’s also Eddieboi but he’s just there for a quick meet and greet because he can’t come. We took off in our motorcycles a little after 10 am, had a brief stop at Caltex for provisions and fuel then off we went to San Luis. At Disalet Bridge, Rey and Jaymar and his friend were waiting for us. A few more chit-chats then off we go.

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Digisit 2010

Digisit 2010
Digisit 2010

Digisit is just 15 minutes away from ASCOT where I work so I like to go there whenever i needed to cure a “bonog” or to exorcise the devil. Now it’s flirting with development with the road concreted all the way to Dikasalarin and most properties fenced and staked. It looks like the place is now the one needing exorcism.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES – DIGISIT 2010

DIGISIT 2005

TREK TO DIKASALARIN 1991

DIGISIT 1988

Sisid Uli

Isa na namang sisid video mula sa Provincial Tourism Office:

Ito ay kuha sa Baler, Aurora. Ang video na ito, kagaya ng iba pang mga Aurora underwater videos na galing sa Provincial Tourism Office ay kuha ni Ernan Dukha at inedit ni Ryan Ritual. Kasama din sa pagbi-video ang batikang si Macmac Ritual.

Tabsung na!