Aurora Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Situated in the eastern part of Central Luzon, Aurora province was named after the First Lady Aurora Aragon-Quezon, the wife of the country’s Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. Aurora was then a sub-province of Quezon and became an independent province in 1979. Composed of 8 municipalities, with Baler as its capital, Aurora is a coastal province with mountainous environment. Majority of the population in the province speak Tagalog while the rest of the locals converse in Ilocano. Its basic economy is agricultural, with 15% of its land area allotted to growing rice, coconut, coffee and banana.

Where to go in Aurora

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Aniao Islets

Barangay Zabali Baler (capital), Aurora, Central Luzon, 3200, Philippines

Aurora Quezon Marker

Poblacion Baler (capital), Aurora, Central Luzon, 3200, Philippines

Baler Catholic Church

Poblacion Baler (capital), Aurora, Central Luzon, 3200, Philippines

Baler Fishport

Sitio Cemento Brgy. Zabali Baler (capital), Aurora, Central Luzon, 3200, Philippines

Banju Springs

Barangay Real San Luis, Aurora, Central Luzon, 3201, Philippines

Borlongan Beach

Barangay Borlongan Dipaculao, Aurora, Central Luzon, 3203, Philippines

How to Get Here

From Manila, Aurora province can be accessed via the Canili-Pantabangan Road and the Baler-Bongabon Road. The province’s capital, Baler, can be reached in an almost 5 to 6 hours of land travel. Genesis Transport provides the direct route in going to Baler from Manila; fare is Php Php 450.00 one way. You can also reach the province’s capital via Pantranco North through the route Manila-Cabanatuan with a fare that costs Php 187.00 and from there, you have to transfer to a bus or van that will be heading to Baler.

Popular Food

A favourite local snack and beer chow, kibit is a saltwater mollusk, prepared by deep-frying and gives a taste similar to pork crackling.

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Suman de Baler has a distinct color that makes it easy to tell from the other suman in the country. It is red-dish or a bit purple-ish in color because it is made from “tapol”, the province’s glutinous brown rice and wrapped in buri leaves. No need to dip it in sugar as the suman de Baler is already sweet.

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A staple vegetable dish in Baler, pako or fern is always used as an ingredient in the province’s everyday dishes. Often served as ensalada, it is garnished with tomato, onions and salted eggs.

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What to Do

Surf, surf and surf!
A paradise for surfers, Aurora boasts of numerous surfing sites for all kinds of wave riders. But it’s the municipality of Baler that offers most of the accessible surfing spots, good restaurants and accommodations. Go to Sabang Beach, Lindy’s Point or Charlie’s Point to practise that surfing skill.
Visit historical sites and landmarks
The province has its fair share of historical sites and landmarks worthy to discover. Take a look at the home and rest house of the former Philippine President Manuel Quezon, the Aurora Aragon Quezon Mansion, the Baler Catholic Church, Ermita Hill, Millennium Tree and Baler Hanging Bridge, to name but a few.