Baler: Museo de Baler and Doña Aurora Ancestral House

In every journey to a province, it’s very hard to miss the capital or the town proper. Usually, most of the tourist destinations are in or near the city. Just like Baler, it is not just all about its coastal areas the surfing enthusiasts crave, its municipal proper also has something to offer to visitors, especially to history buffs.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Baler letter blocks with Baler 400 Years Monument at the back (Baler, Aurora)

As the smallest municipality of Aurora, its place of commerce is not that big. There’s a big lettering of the town’s name about 4 feet high with the Baler 400 Years Monument on its background. Almost never you will see it vacant as tourists lining up to pose and have a picture there. From there, it’s very easy to locate the town hall, the tourism office, as well as our two destinations: Museo de Baler and Doña Aurora Ancestral House.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

A life-size statue of the late President Manuel L. Quezon will greet you first before proceeding in front of the museum (Baler, Quezon)

MUSEO DE BALER

Museo de Baler’s façade is decorated with detailed mural portraying the town’s history. Before entering the museum, ready your P30 for the entrance fee.

 

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

This amazing mural was designed by the famous sculptor, Toym Imao (Baler, Aurora)

Unfurled at the museum’s balcony are the flags of the Philippines and Spain. The influence of the Spanish colonization of the town and to the whole province is very evident as more than half of the ground floor is filled by Spanish artifacts and illustrations.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Scale model of a galleon ship (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

This side of the gallery shows the Siege of Baler, a major event in the town’s history wherein Spanish troops put up their last defense against Filipino revolutionaries (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

Also noticeable in the museum are the icons of the province: Former President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife, Aurora A. Quezon. In fact, the province of Aurora was named after her.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Colorful mural depicting the town history; Re-Imaging the History by Jeho Bitancor (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Another half of the mural; Re-Imaging the History by Jeho Bitancor (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

A wandering sheep gazing at the painting (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

Other sections of the museum showcase photos and memorabilia about American and Japanese occupation, the natives of the province, and Baler’s present time.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Here are the motion pictures that were associated to Baler (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Baler’s history in photographs (Museo de Baler, Aurora)

On the second floor, you’ll see an art gallery, exhibiting the talent of the people of Aurora.

 

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

This is the vintage car made for late President Quezon but was used more by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. We didn’t saw it on our second visit. It was transferred to National Museum. (Museo de Baler)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Reconstructed replica of the nipa hut where the President was born (Museo de Baler, Aurora)


DOÑA AURORA ARAGON ANCESTRAL HOUSE

Done with Museo de Baler? Time to go to Doña Auroras Ancestral House! The receipt given to you on the museum is very handy as it also serves as passes to the ancestral house. No need to spend another entrance fee! 😀

The house is made mostly of wood, and the roof was from nipa or Palmer’s grass. Upon ascending the stairs, you’ll probably sense a typical pre-modern Filipino atmosphere there. Everything is antique, from the living and dining area, to the remaining rooms. Just like other old structures, this had already gone changes and major restorations. Still it’s the typical kubo we knew from childhood.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

The Doña Aurora Aragon Ancestral House located almost a hundred meters from Museo de Baler (Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Inside the house (Doña Aurora Ancestral House, Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Imagine eating here with sinigang and tinola… mmmm, good old days (Doña Aurora Ancestral House, Baler, Aurora)

 

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

A vintage sewing machine (Doña Aurora Ancestral House, Baler, Aurora)

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Pres. Manuel L. Quezon Presidential Car – a 1936 Chrysler Airflow Limousine (Doña Aurora Ancestral House, Baler, Aurora)


OTHER INTERESTING PLACE: BALER CHURCH

Just in front of the ancestral house, there’s a church that is simple, yet has a historical significance. San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Church became the quarter of the remaining Spanish troops during the Siege of Baler. They stayed and on guard in this once fortified church for 337 days.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Historic Baler Church (Baler, Aurora)


ADMISSION
Entrance Fee – P30 (access to both Museo de Baler and Doña Aurora Ancestral House)


DIRECTIONS

Public:
From Cubao, ride a Genesis Bus or Joy Bus bound to Baler (P600). Locations of the tourist spots mentioned earlier are easy to go to once you arrived the town proper.

Museo de Baler, Manuel L Quezon, Aurora Aragon Ancestral House, Baler Church, Baler, Aurora

Baler Town Hall (Baler, Aurora)


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