After spending several minutes exploring the Doña Aurora House, we decided to drop by at a small yet historically significant church of Baler which is just located few walks away from the ancestral house (Check Doña Aurora House). The church is relatively small yet often associated with major historical events including the well known “Siege of Baler“This so-called Siege of Baler is not just a simple town history but an event that is left a huge mark not just in Philippine history but also in the world. It is regarded as the world’s longest siege which took place from 1898-1899 shortly following the end of the Spanish colonization of the Philippines. The Siege of Baler is considered as the only battle where the Katipuneros won against both the Spanish and Americans
The current church was built in 1939 but authentic original details may be seen inside, including the old bell, La Campana de Baler. There are markers that indicate the locations where events connected with the Siege of Baler took place. It features a very simple facade.A historical marker outside the church commemorating with the Siege of BalerAnother historical marker stating the church and its historical significance.The Bell tower is currently under renovation too.The main door of the church which is adorned with floral printsBaler Church’s simple naveThe Main Altar of Baler ChurchThe church is dedicated to San Louis Obispo de Tolosa (Saint Louis of Toulouse)You’ll find an image of the said saint outside the church just beside the bell tower. We didn’t spent much time with the Baler Church as we had to conclude our tour for that day due to the bad weather and we headed to our Transient House located just few blocks away from the Sabang Beach. It was passed 3 pm when the rain stopped. Some of my group decided to hit the beach and so I did the same.
Things To Know Before Visiting The Baler Church
►The church is just few blocks away from the plaza and few walks away from Dona Aurora House
►It is a small church located near the Mount Carmel College
►You can go upstairs to witness the old Bell known as the La Campana de Baler
How to Get to Baler Church
►You can actually ride a Transit bus from Cubao via Genesis Bus which will take you directly to Baler. These airconditioned buses has daily trips from 3Am to 7:30 Am with 6-7 hours travel time. The fare would cost you around Php550-600 per head.
►Once you reach the Baler town proper or the Baler Plaza, you can explore all the nearby destinations such as Museo De Baler, Doña Aurora House, Baler Church and the public market as well.
Where to Stay in Baler?
Knowing that Baler is one of the top tourist destinations in the country, finding a place to stay here is not really a big challenge but of course, it would be ideal and less hassle to book your reservations as early as possible. There are many budget hotels, transient houses and of course those luxury hotels to stay in. You can check our list of hotels in Baler and see which one suits your budget
On my next post, I will give you a glimpse of the Sabang Beach and why Baler is regarded as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.
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In case you missed my previous entries, here are the links below!
►Ampere Beach of Dipaculao
►The Enchanting Balete Tree of Aurora (Millennium Tree)
►Museo De Baler
►The Doña Aurora House
►The Historical Church of Baler (Baler Church)
►Sunrise in Baler
►Surfing 101 in Baler
►Baler’s Town Plaza
►Where To Stay in Baler
►Things You Should Buy When Visiting Baler