According to history, Baler met with a tsunami in 1735 that wiped the old town and killing hundreds or thousands of people. Only 7 survived by climbing the now known as Ermita Hill, as depicted in the life-size "Tromba Marina" memorial structure right at the park's main entrance.
(I don't know if it's 7 families or only 7 people.)
Walking along, the ancient viewing point and tunnel marker dating way back 15th century can still be seen, there's a chapel and a viewing deck of Baler Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
There's also this 300 steps of concrete stairs that brings you to Ermita Cross.
At the time of my visit to Ermita Hill, I have seen the face of neglect to this park. The aviary and the cages are full of garbage and offensive smell. And the only primate needed help. He's the only lonely sentinel of the park when everyone else gone gone.
Given this recognition, I just hope the Provincial Government of Aurora is responsive enough to maintain this landmark. Photos of neglect is not a good picture.
Visitors and tourist must also observe cleanliness and discipline at all times, there are trash bins located somewhere, be responsible enough not to throw away even a candy wrapper everywhere.
Going to Ermita Hill on an easy budget of less than 50 pesos.
Hail a tricycle and ask him to bring you to "Tawiran"
Walk along and ride a paddleboat to bring you to the other side of the lake.
Walk the seawall to bring you to the road going to Ermita Hill.
(Ask directions from the locals, they are so kind, believe me..)
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