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Ermita Hill, Baler
Part 8 of the Libotero Baler Roadtrip series
Our first destination for the day was Ermita Hill. From our hotel in Sabang Beach, Ermita Hill was about 6 kilometeres away via the Kinalapan-Cemento road. It took us about 10 minutes to reach the area. For those without vehicles, you may hire a tricycle at P500 (this is the standard rate for a tour of Baler’s attractions).
Upon reaching the foot of the hill, we were greeted by what seemed to be a war memorial. But I learned that it was actually meant to show what happened on December 1735 when residents seeked refuge on the hill from a tsunami that devastated the entire town. Such a sad and unimaginable tragedy!
Mom and the siblings climbed the hill through the steps perched on the side while Dad and I got up with the car.
The hill was developed into what is now Ermita Park where one can enjoy unobstructed breathtaking views of the town of Baler and its surrounding areas. Looking easterward, one can see the Pacific Ocean, Baler Fishport and Dimadimalangat Islet.
The Pacific Ocean
Dimadimalangat Islet and Baler Fishport
Meanwhile, looking northwestward, one can see the mouth of a river… Surreal!
Much closer: Colorful boats are parked by the beach
Now who wouldn’t fall in love with Baler’s greenness, huh?!
To the north, one can see the Baler Town Proper with the cell sites of Globe and Smart, and the ever mighty Sierra Madres serving as backdrop
As with Lake Sebu, Sun Cellular enjoys ZERO network coverage in Baler
Aside from the astonishing views, Ermita Hill is a destination in itself as it features a chapel
The area where the chapel currently stands is believed to be a warning center from where warnings of approaching threats were sent to residents by the river delta.
Two thumbs up to the local government officials of Baler for keeping the Ermita Hill well-maintained. With the awesome views, the fresh seabreeze, and well-designated facilities for picnics and other outdoor activities, one can’t wonder why it is among the favorite places of locals and tourists alike.
The Ermita Hill is located at Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora
P.S.. Here is a panoramic image taken from one of the viewdecks on Ermita Hill
(…to be continued)