Situated on a vast plain at the mouth of Baler Bay, the tranquil but history-rich town of Baler is nestled between two giants, the Sierra Madre mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. In relative seclusion, Baler is a host to awesome geographical formations, virgin forests, rare flora and fauna, verdant plains, crystal-clear springs, and pristine beaches.
Baler is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora. As the capital municipality, Baler is the political and economic center of Aurora. It is located some 230 kilometers northeast of Manila via a mountain pass accessible by bus.
Baler has reintroduced itself in the country’s consciousness last year, as 2009 was declared the Year of Baler. It was also recently featured in a movie which adopted the town’s name for its title.
Baler is also a surfing mecca. Hundreds of surfers are drawn to Baler every February to ride its up to nine-foot high waves.
Baler has a rich and colorful history. It is the site of the Siege of Baler, significant event and episode of the Philippine Revolution at the end of the 19th century. Baler is hometown to the first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon. Baler is also home to a number of indigenous Filipino tribes including the Ilongots and the Dumagats. There is also a sizable Igorot population as well as various others settlers.