Sabang beach sidetrip to Museo in Baler Aurora
Renante MinaFriday, May 2, 2014 12 comments

Roadtrip to Baler

Parque de Ronquillo

     After our short visit at the Balete Park luckily we saw vast space in Parque de Ronquillo near Balete Park we opted to take our breakfast there rather to find a good restaurant fortunately ma’am Weng cooked food for our breakfast, Nanay na nanay talaga hahaha. Our next destination was Sabang beach in Baler where we sojourned. Almost 30minutes of drive from Maria Aurora to Baler.

     Aurora. It’s a province named after the lady-love and wife of President Manuel Quezon. The province itself is a one of the last frontiers of Central Luzon. Baler is the capitol town, and it’s famous for a historical siege and killer waves. The town is the backdrop of the infamous Siege of Baler. When the Spaniards ceased and sold the Philippines to America, there was a group of renegade Spanish soldiers who decided that it wasn't their time yet.

Land owner kuya A.K trimming the grass where we can pitch our tents

     Fortunately there were police assistants around the area for the tourists especially for the first timer. That time it was too crowded because of the long vacation and it was hard to find a place where we can pitch our tents, we haggling to a local we have no choice but we dealt with 400.00.

Camping near the shore

Rest mode

Our own style (tipid mode)

Summer heat

Tourists in Sabang Beach Baler

Surf board rented by our buddy 150.00/hour

     In Philippines Baler today is a surfers paradise, like San Juan in La union and Siargao Island. Sabang Beach is the most popular with surf shops and schools that cater to the novice and the seasoned surfer. The best time to surf is September to March.

Good morning Baler

Our Breakfast

Talking to tourism officer

Facade of Museo 

     The Museo de Baler is dream come true thru the joint efforts of Senator Edgardo Angara, Congresswoman Bellaflor J. Angara Catiilo and former Mayor Arthur J. Angara and the Baler Historical Committee.

Statue of Manuel L. Quezon

     This car was especially built by General Motors of America for the late President Manuel L. Quezon. It arrived in the Philippines on November 4, 1937. In 1938, it was turned over to Gen, Douglas MacArthur who used it all throughout his tour duty in the Philippines.In 1976, General motors Corporation (GMC) of Detroit, Michigan donated his car to the Philippine Government. Mt. Dan Irish of the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines undertook the restoration of this car.

How to get there

Public Transport
Ride a Genesis bus with daily trips to Baler. Genesis transport terminal is located at #33 Edsa  corner New Yor St., Cubao, Quezon City. The earliest Genesis trip to Baler is 1:00 am in the morning. estimate fare is less than 400 pesos.

Ride any Cabanatuan bound bus. Recommended buses are Genesis, 5 Star, ES and Baliwag (fare: less than 200 pesos). At the Cabantuan Central Transport terminal, you can ride buses (Genesis, D’ Liner, etc.) or vans going to Baler (fare 200 or below). Trips going to Baler are only up to 5:00 or 6:00 pm.

Private Transport
Go to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). You can reach Cabanatuan via NLEX-Bulacan-Gapan route or NLEX-SCTEX-Tarlac-Sta. Rosa Route. The latter route would be longer but takes a shorter time.

NLEX-Bulacan-NE route. Go to NLEX. Take the Sta. Rita exit. Take the road passing through Plaridel, Baliuag, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, Gapan NE, Sta. Rosa to Cabanatuan.

NLEX-SCTEX-Tarlac-Sta.Rosa route. NLEX up to Clark Logistics Interchange. Enter SCTEX going to Tarlac. Exit at Amucao, Tarlac (End of SCTEX). Turn right to La Paz up to Sta. Rosa, NE. Turn left going to Cabanatuan.

From Cabanatuan City, there are two routes going to Baler, The Baler Bongabong-Road and the Canili-Pantabangan Road. We recommend taking the Canili-Pantabangan road because the roads are better even though the route is longer. The Baler-Bongabon road is for the more adventurous kind and will take you to winding rough roads across the Sierra Madre.

Canili-Pantabangan Route. From Cabanatuan take the Maharlika Highway going to Talavera, Nueva Ecija. Turn right to the road going to Rizal, Nueva Ecija then Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. The road will take you to Canili, Maria Aurora, Aurora. The road will pass through the Sierra Madre until you reach the Poblacion of Maria Aurora. From Maria, Aurora you can then go straight to Baler.

Baler-Bongabon Route. From Cabanataun take the Maharlika Hiway and turn right to the Nueva Ecija – Aurora Road (landmark: crossing with Shell Gas Station and NE Restaurant). The road will pass through Palayan City and Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. From Bongabon turn right to the road going to the Sierra Madre mountains. After two or three hours of winding road you will reach the municipality of San Luis and then Baler. Travel guide courtesy of Batangbaler

Baler Tourism officer
Riza Del Rosario
Contact No. 09989898390 / 09289837668

Local in Sabang beach where we camp
Ate Malyn/Kuya A.K
Contact No. 09287245511

Roadtrip with my buddies:
Roadtrip to Aurora (Balete Park)
Roadtrip to Aurora (Baler)
Roadtrip to Nueva Ecija (Jordan River and Dupinga River)


Joy said...

Nakapasyal na naman ako through your blog:)

Balut said...

Aaaw I missed an opportunity na dapat punta ko sa baler :(

naks said...

ayos sa road trip...
same with ma'am joy...nakapaglakbay na din ako dahil sa post mo...

Renante Mina said...

salamat ma'am :) kailangan maipromote ang kagandahan ng Pinas...

Renante Mina said...

puntahan mo na to lalo na kung mahilig ka sa surfing pasok ka dito

Renante Mina said...

salamat sir... tambay lang po kau dito di ako magsasawa ipakita ang magagandang destinasyon sa Pinas maraming salamat...

Elal Lasola said...

D ko napuntahan tong museo! Hahaha One of the reasons to go back? Hehe

Renante Mina said...

sakto lang yung baler museum kaso wala ako masydo nakita doon eh :)

Ian | Going Places said...

Summer is more fun in Aurora! Next time talaga trytry ko na talaga surfing...

Renante Mina said...

hirap pala talga nun surfing na yan hehehe pang pro na board pa ginamit namin hahaha kaya di nmin natayuan

Angel Caronongan said...

Ayos! di pa ako nakakapunta ng Baler...

Christine Marie Raguindin said...

hi san kayo nag camp ? i mean nag pitch ng tent