Manila to Baler Philippines via SCTEX 6 hrs! Surfing Scene and Nightlife and Sabang Beach – Day One
Why is Baler, Aurora so amazing?
Baler is known as the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines. The history can be traced back to Hollywood! In this video (part 1 of 2), I just get in and get settled into my first day in the Surfing Paradise.
How about some history on what made Baler the Surfing destination of the Philippines?
It all started in the 70’s when the shooting of Apocalypse Now partly took place in Baler. There was a scene where Colonel Kilgore (Portrayed by. Robert Duvall) tells his platoon “if I say it’s safe to surf this beach, Captain, then it is safe to surf this beach!”, it took place in Baler rather than Vietnam.
The Baler Hollywood connection
The story goes, that when the crew and filming left Baler, the surfboards were left to some of the locals. Excited about the sport, the locals practiced what they learned during the film shooting. How to get to Baler: There are many ways to get to Baler from Manila and surrounding cities. My favorite way is by a private van, or by buses from Manila, leaving from Cubao, Quezon City. Two bus companies provide the service, Genesis Bus, and Joy Bus, from midnight to 07:30 am. It is highly advised to take the night buses to avoid traffic, and to endure the 6-hour drive at night, not wasting your time.