Aurora Province: The Lasting Firmament of Beauty

| February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Aurora Province resembles the best of both worlds, economically and culturally. This humble land from where former president Manuel Luis Quezon hails from exudes a noble and distinct personification that can never be replicated by any tourist attraction in the world. It is geographically located in the eastern section of Central Luzon and its capital city is Baler. Prior to 1979, it was an entity of Quezon Province.

A splendid waterfall in Aurora Province.

A splendid waterfall in Aurora Province.

Etymologically, the name Aurora Province was taken from the name of ex-First Lady Aurora Aragon, Quezon’s loving wife. Historically, this native homeland in the Philippine territory was initially explored by a Spanish conquistador whose name is Juan de Salcedo, in 1572. He became the first ever European who visited this charming province. While he was there, he allegedly stopped over its neighboring municipalities of Casiguran, Infanta and Baler. During the darkest days of Spanish colonization, Aurora Province had become religiously intertwined with Infanta. Similarly, those ancient missionaries in those years who were known as Franciscans had willingly put up humanitarian missions in several places of Aurora Province in 1609. However, due to the inadequacy of effective and efficient personnel, the territorial jurisdiction of this remarkable vacation paradise was relinquished to the Recollects and Augustinians in 1658. Over the years, the Missionaries of Saint Francis of Assisi had once again regained their powerful administration over Baler, in 1703. Meanwhile, there were other preachers who attempted to spread the Good News to those people hoping that they would be able to Christianize the whole territory.

Finally, the Province of Aurora had become the sub-province of Quezon in 1951. Consequently, it had autonomously become a region on its own during the incumbency of former president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos by virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang 7. This was fully implemented on the 13th day of August, 1979. On the economic side, her most prominent root crops are as follows: Corn, rice and other agricultural byproducts that made this province more than you expect. Politically, she boosts her-self with eight glorious municipalities. Each of these territorial boundaries has their own unique and distinctive characteristics which transform these places into marvelous tourist attractions; that are timeless, notable and worth remembering.

Climate

Her climate can be best described with an adequate amount of rainfall, which is equally distributed all year round. Aurora is situated in a strategic location facing the Pacific Ocean. As a result, it has no protective covering against strong typhoons which are originating from the eastern hemisphere of the Philippine Islands. Likewise, tropical cyclones sometimes occur in the tropical atmosphere of this well-developed bailiwick of Central Luzon. Along this line, the heaviest quantities of rainfall occur during the months of January, February, April and October.

Tourism

The unparalleled tourism industry of Aurora in these modern times was superbly boosted by the inauguration of the Southeast Asian Airlines from Manila to Baler and vice versa. In effect, this momentous endeavor according to Senator Edgardo J. Angara marked the beginning of a new life in the creation of several income generating jobs for millions of Filipinos across the nation and for this illustrious province in general. By the way, the newest flight carrier of the Philippines was officially opened for public use in 2008. Therefore, it is expected to brew more foreign investments in the years ahead. Incidentally, its initial regular flight was launched on April 14, 2008. From then on, Seair will have two flights a week which are slated every Mondays and Fridays.

Attractions

Aurora Province is so much blessed with captivating tourist attractions such as the Ampere Beach, Balete Park, Baler Catholic Church, Bulawan Falls and the Caves of Lamao. Of course, this interesting travel article will not be complete without describing each one of them in brief. The succeeding sections of this write up will imaginatively bring you to these wonderful scenic spots in the alluring atmosphere of Aurora. Get yourselves acquainted with these awesome points of interests and let your souls be in a state of nirvana for a couple of days or two.

The finest beach of Aurora Province.

The finest beach of Aurora Province.

  • Ampere Beach- This heavenly tourist attraction in Aurora is best known for its very impressive sea stacks, smooth and big boulders, which are attractively placed in a single file, along its relaxing seashore. It is about 20 kilometers from the northern part of the surfing haven of Baler
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  • Balete Park- It is enchantingly composed of an ancient Balete Tree which is believed to be about 600 years old. Due to its mysterious antiquity, it has been dubbed as the “Millennium Tree of the Philippines. So, it is widely renowned as Asia’s largest tree. Surprisingly, many people had seen the different sizes of these caves that were artistically formed under its sturdy trunk
    Baler Catholic Church- A monumental and sacred piece of artwork which was built in the year 1611. This temple was lovingly dedicated and consecrated to San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Historically, this is the famous site of another important event in Philippine history which is called as the Siege of Baler
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  • Bulawan Falls- It is regarded by Filipino historians and world travelers as the Cleanest Inland Water in the Regional Classification of the Philippines. The Falls of Bulawan has a skyrocketing height of at least 100 meters from its ground level. Moreover, it has an amazing rock walling along its riverbank. In essence, its beauty and splendor is indeed beyond compare
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  • Dicasalarin Cove- The Dicasalarin Cove entails an astonishing physical feature of several bodies of water which incredibly commune with one another. Be it an ocean, a river or a mountain, they are perfectly synthesized with one another to make one gigantic tourist destination
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Location

The majestic province of Aurora Province is specifically located on the East- Central side of Luzon. Accordingly, it is the northeastern-most province of Central Luzon. More so, it is on the northern side boundaries of Isabela and Quirino. On the west, it is bounded by Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. Insofar as its main conduit is concerned with the rest of Luzon provinces, it is no other than but through the not so wide mountain gravel road. This major route creates a twist through the humongous mountain ranges of Sierra Madre. Specifically, this particular road was constructed between Bongabon, Nueva Ecija and Baler.

How to Get There

Travelers from across the globe can freely choose from these different but convenient options in getting there at Aurora. This province has two primary road networks. These are the Canili Pantabangan Road and the Bongabon Baler route. Transportation wise, you can earnestly look for Genesis Transport. These buses have Manila and Pasay City terminals for your utmost convenience.

They have daily trips from Manila to Baler and vice versa. On the other hand, for those commuters who came from the northern parts of the Philippines can ride those buses from D Liner which is found in Baguio. Ideally, the approximate travel time in going to Aurora is 8 hours depending on the traffic situation, from your point of origin.

Aurora Province proudly exudes a kind of a versatile and subtle image of a tourist hub that has evidently changed the conventional modality of a tourist attraction which only embraces in its cradling arms the finest beach resorts and national theme parks. Over the years, the victorious and self-reliant province has dawned a new beginning to those pessimistic Filipinos that faith, political will and unwavering ounce solidarity can undoubtedly make a big difference in achieving the fondest goals of socio-economic development without limits, just like what happened to this dazzling vacation sanctuary, then and now.

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