Baler, Aurora

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Municipality of Baler
Bayan ng Baler
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Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Aurora
Barangays 13
Physical characteristics
Area 92.55 km²
Total (2000) 29,923

Baler is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is the capital municipality of Aurora. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 29,923 people in 5.955 households.

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.



In 1609, seven (7) Franciscan Missionaries led by Fr. Blas Palomino founded the settlement of Baler. This small settlement was later converted into a pueblo or town by the Augustinians and the Recollects in 1658. Due to scarcity of religious missionaries, the Franciscans again took over the administration of the settlement in 1703. On June 2, 1899,<ref>Lieutenant Saturnino Martín Cerezo surrender after 337 days of siege</ref> the last Spanish garrison in the Philippines, was pulled out, effectively ending nearly 400 years of Spanish hegemony in the Archipelago.

In 1901 the Americans incorporated the town to the Province of Tayabas (later named Quezon province). Before the Americans came, Baler was under the province of Nueva Ecija.

On June 14, 1951, by virtue of Republic Act . No. 648, Baler became the capital town of the sub-province (and later, province) of Aurora.

Notable Personalities


Baler is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.

  • Barangay I (Pob.)
  • Barangay II (Pob.)
  • Barangay III (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV (Pob.)
  • Barangay V (Pob.)
  • Buhangin
  • Calabuanan
  • Obligacion
  • Pingit
  • Reserva
  • Sabang
  • Suklayin
  • Zabali



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Coordinates: 15°46′N, 121°34′E

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