Sunday, August 31, 2008
Dilasag, a municipality at the northernmost area of Aurora, offers a coast with kilometers upon kilometers of white sand beach alternating occasionally with forests, hills, and cliffs. Its undeveloped features and natural attractions offer tourists the sensation of discovering something new and unspoiled. Inaccessible to most transportation, Dilasag Coast is a true getaway.
The town of Dilasag is the last destination in the northern part of Aurora.
With its backdrop of magnificent water falls (Dibulo and Singep Falls), shimmering white sandy shores (Canawer and Diniog Beaches), and tropical rainforest, you perceive the world in all its natural and pristine splendors free from commercialism. Here, you will realize that eating is a function of desire, not the ticking of a clock. You can leisurely walk on its resort-free beaches or skin dive and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the ocean and breathtaking landscapes.
In this simple town, you can go the life at your own pace and just savor the serene and panoramic scenery of this unknown paradise. It’s a hideaway for those who prefer to leave the pandemonium of city life behind and get back in touch with nature.
Canawer Beach is the most popular destination for picnics, reunions and retreats among the locals of DICADI (Dinalungan, Casiguran & Dilasag) because of its serene and relaxing environment; white, powdery sand and magnificent view of the Pacific ocean. Its undeveloped features and natural attractions offer tourists the sensation of discovering something new and unspoiled. Inaccessible to most transportation, Dilasag Coast is a true getaway.
This is the most accessible and nearest beach from the town proper of Baler, Aurora. It is usually frequented by locals in the early mornings to jog and exercise or simply enjoy the sea breeze. Fun waves-not usually big, except during typhoons. A good site for beginning and novice surfers to learn the basics with relative safety from scratches, since most of the beach is sandy- bottomed. A local resort situated by the beach, offers surfing lessons and rents out surfing, windsurfing and snorkeling equipment. They also offer tours to the best surfing, snorkeling and diving areas.
Located on this long stretch of gray sand beach are several resorts which includes, the Carribean style, Bahia de Baler. These resorts offer accommodations near the beachfront and provide food and relaxation for tourists and surfers.
Baler Port is situated along the coast of Cemento Beach. This is where ships take on or discharge cargo from the nearby towns and provinces and where local fishermen unload their fresh catch of saltwater fish and other sea foods. As of now, few ships dock in this harbor since locals and tourists preferred to take a trip on land as Pacific Ocean oftentimes gets rough during typhoon and storm signals.
Baler is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Aurora.
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 is host to spectacular geographic formations and is situated on a vast plain at the mouth of Baler Bay, a contiguous segment of the Pacific Ocean. Nine-foot high waves serve as Baler's tourist asset, attracting hundreds of surfers in February for the Aurora Cup.
The town has produced some of the country's great leaders. Manuel Luis Quezon, the first president of the Philippine Commonwealth, was born in Baler. Edgardo J. Angara, also born in Baler, was a senate president and the present governor, Bella Angara Castillo was the first woman Majority Floor Leader of the House of Representatives.
Casiguran is a 3rd class municipality in the northern part of the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is located 121 km from Baler, the provincial capital. It is bounded on the northeast by Dilasag, on the southwest by Dinalungan, on the northwest by Quirino and southeast by the Pacific Ocean.
According to folk legend, the name Casiguran was obtained from the word "Kasiguruhan" which means "safety" or "assurance". Safety means defense/fortress or sanctuary for sailing ships during stormy weather. On the other hand, assurance means that if an unmarried stranger comes to the place, he unavoidably falls in love with someone and eventually gets married and most of the time stayed for good. Casiguran was founded by the Spanish Missionaries on June 13, 1609. But prior to their arrival, the early settlers of the place were the Dumagats/Aetas/Agtas followed by migrants from other places of the country. These migrants spoke different dialects such as Ilokano, Visayan, Bicolano, Pampango. Gaddang, Itawes and Ibanag. Thus, a "kasiguranin" language evolved out of these dialects. To learn and see more the beauty of Casiguran, click here.
This beach, like Borlongan Beach, is covered with smooth rocks, but here the rocks are more varied in size and darker in color. This beach is an area called Bunga Point or Ampere Point, where local residents flock to Okotan Cave, a time-honored locale for forecasting the weather. The Pacific waves, upon hitting the shoreline cave, produce an explosion, the intensity of which, according to local lore, determines the intensity of the incoming weather.
Dinadiawan Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Aurora, with a fabulous view of the Pacific Ocean, the lush, diverse forests of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, and the rock formation along the shoreline.
Dipaculao is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines.
A folklore which was never written tells a story about how Dipaculao got its name; long time ago when Ilongots, Dumagats, and Aetas walked through the trails of this place, Dipac, a young Ilongot went to see his friends in their meeting place. They started drinking 'tuba', a coconut sap fermented drink. They were so happy and got drank. Dipac could not walk home without assistance, so his friend helped him go home. Along the way, they met some strangers who were lost on their way to Baler. The strangers ask what is the name of the place. Because Dipac was so drank his friend just replied 'Dipac ulaw' which locally means 'Dipac is dizzy'. From that time on the town was known as Dipaculao.
Dinalungan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines.In 1942, the occupied by the Japanese forces landed in the town of Dinalungan, Tayabas (now: Aurora),
In 1945, entering to the Philippine Commonwealth troops liberated in the town of Dinalungan, Tayabas (now Aurora) we fornt the battles against the Japanese troops started in the Siege of Dinalungan in the Second World War.
Barely a hundred meters away from a dirt road passable to most vehicles, Cunayan Falls is one of the more accessible falls of Aurora. The falls strongly sprays from a cliff where greenery and even some flowers grow, creating a great contrast against the white and light gray gravel sand area washed out by intermittent floods. The falls flow into a crystal clear stream tinged only by the blue reflection of the sky and its mild temperature makes it ideal for baths. The gravel bank of the stream is a sandy area suitable for picnics.
This park contains a 600-year-old balete tree that was designated the official "Millennium Tree" of The Philippines. It is the largest tree of its kind in Asia, and it would take 60 grown men, holding one another at arm's length, to encircle its gigantic trunk. Due to its age, the tree's thick roots have grown above ground, such that caves have formed under various sections of the trunk. This unique tree has generated national media attention and is now the most visited tourist spot in Aurora.
Maria Aurora is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is the only land-locked municipality of the province. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 33,551 people in 6,751 households. The town was named after Maria Aurora Aragon Quezon, the first daughter of Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora Aragon Quezon.
Dingalan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is situated approximately 183 kilometres northeast of Manila. It is bounded on the north by San Luis (in Aurora province), on the west by Gabaldon and General Tinio (Nueva Ecija) and San Miguel (Bulacan), on the south by General Nakar (Quezon), and on the east by the Pacific Ocean.