Museo de Baler | Doña Aurora’s Mansion — Baler, Province of Aurora

Baler is historically known as the birth place and hometown of the second President of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon. The province of Aurora was named after the first lady and love of President Manuel named Maria Aurora which is situated in Central Luzon of the Philippines.

Baler is popular amongst yuppies and other adventurous, and sporty individuals due to the place’s beautiful and amazing tourist spots which would give you a little challenge to see and try. Baler is very known with its Baler Bay which is in the northeastern part of Luzon Island and is now prominent with its nickname as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.

My friends and I have decided to explore Baler over the weekend so as to release all the negative energies and replenish positivity in our system as we bond with nature.

We started our journey at 12:30am from Fort Bonifacio going straight to Baler with a private vehicle from Dreams and Destinations Travel Agency. The trip went on for about five (5) hours and the moment I opened my eyes, we are already in the simple town of Baler.

We went straight to our hotel which is located in Sabangan, the Akkaw Beach Resort to deposit our bags and get ready for a beautiful day of exploration and surprises.

After boosting our energies, we are all ready to roam around the city. First stop, Museo de Baler.

Like any other museums, Museo de Baler has a great collection of different artsy bitsy which includes paintings of different famous people in the history. Need I say more of all the paintings of the second President of the Philippines, Mr. Manuel L. Quezon? Oh and all other historical paraphernalia that the movie Baler of Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales have made use.

A good chance to make selfie with Pres. Quezon

More groufie photos!

Pictures of Filipino artists.

Can’t get enough with these paintings.

Children’s artworks.

Entrance fee is P30.00 each, this is already for both the Museo de Baler and Doña Aurora’s Mansion. Make sure to keep the stub as you will need to hand over it in Doña Aurora’s Mansion tourism officers.

Doña Aurora’s Mansion is just a walking distance from the museum but due to the rain, we need to ride our van and delay the walkathon in the town.

Veranda of Dona Aurora’s Mansion

The house was already restored, but the materials used were same as the original materials–bamboo and nipa hut.

Pres. Manuel’s library

Paintings in every corner of the house.

Now here’s the part of the vicinity where you can see and touch the second President’s car.

Purely history and the cold breeze makes us more hungry than ever, and so we decided to go out now to Aurora’s Mansion and off we go to one of the best Bulalo Eateries in town.

Yolly’s Ihaw-ihaw and Seafood Resto is known for their Bulalo and other yummy seafood at an affordable rate!

Surely enjoying the sumptuous meal!

Full, yes and sleepy as the weather (the rain is getting stronger by then) suggests to tuck in ourselves with the warmth of the rooms of the hotel and so we decided to call it a day (though it’s still afternoon), pave our way back and rest.

First day, rainy and windy it is but we had a happy feet!


Guest House and Hot Spring – Pansol, Laguna

At this point in time, the cold breeze let me stay under my comforter just long enough to be late at work and just enough to enjoy the coldness of the morning.

Despite of the coldness, do you still wanna go somewhere peaceful, private and swim? Well, I guess I know what exactly you need.

My colleagues and I came up with an overnight-escape plan away from the busy city where we could hang out, laugh out loud and enjoy as if there’s no tomorrow without bothering the neighborhood. Private house with hot spring pool is definitely what we are looking for!

Pansol, Laguna is known with its hot spring pool offering. For just about an hour and half from Makati proper, you will have a private-fun-escape getaway.

It is called hot spring in a pool (ironic isn’t it?) because the water from the pool is directly from the mountain and that is the reason why it is warm and yes, no chlorine.

We are so lucky to get discounts and so we were able to rent a private house for P5,000 overnight stay. A private house and hot spring pool usually costs about P7,000-P10,000 for 12 hours stay.

The moment we arrived, it feels like we will be out of the world for 300 days as the ambiance is like the famous house of Big Brother. Ha ha! Not to mention the pool where housemates usually hang out and talk about love and life.

The rent includes the whole house with 3 big rooms, unlimited karaoke, hot spring and a billiard area. Other facilities include refrigerator for your food, gas stove to cook and a water dispenser for hot and cold. Value for money, huh?

Here are the 3 bedrooms which may accommodate about more than about 30 persons as a whole.

Here’s another bedroom:

And the smallest room which has a double deck:

There are comfort rooms near the pool area and each of these bedrooms have its own comfort room too!

Don’t worry about how to keep safe your car, the parking lot is so huge that you may even park 2-3 Fortuner cars. 😉

On the third floor of the house is the chill area where you can play billiards while singing your favorite songs.

This guest house is just so perfect for family, with your friends to party or chill. Especially having this kind of weather, hot spring is a great experience for a night or two.

To experience first hand, you may call:
Jhermielle Resort
Contact person: Woody
Contact number: 0927-338-1602
Address: Purok 1, Pansol, Calamba, Laguna
Landmark: in front of Abby’s Buko Pie Store

But importantly, enjoy and have a restless and, happy feet! 😉