Resort to open along Baler's famed surfer's beach

Posted at 01/30/2013 5:24 PM | Updated as of 02/04/2013 11:16 AM
Resort staff of the soon-to-open Costa Pacifica Raintree

MANILA, Philippines -- A new resort is set to open in the surfing destination of Baler. Costa Pacifica Raintree, located along the famous surfer’s beach of Sabang, is expected to open this first quarter.

The resort will have 108 suites equipped with LCD television with cable programming, air conditioning and hot and cold shower. Guests will also enjoy free use of the pool and gym. There is also complimentary W-Fi access, and for the young ones, there is an activity room and gym.

Costa Pacifica’s dining outlets include The Beach Shack, which offers local and international cuisine for lunch and dinner, and a breakfast buffet served daily. Café Rosa, on the other hand, is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and coffee shop where guests can sample authentic Baler cuisine.

The resort also has The Pavillion for out-of-town business gatherings, product launches and private parties such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. It sits along the shoreline and opens to a panoramic view of the sea.

Tucked between mountain and sea, Baler is the economic hub and political center of the province of Aurora and has long been a byword among surfers.

Baler is famous among surfing enthusiasts

Most famous among the town’s many surfing spots is Sabang, a long stretch of gray sandy beach, where Costa Pacifica is located. From March to June, the waters are calm with moderate waves ideal or swimming. From October to February, however, the large waves come in, giving ample opportunity for surfers.

For the less active the picturesque Dicasalarin Beach offers calm, crystal-clear waters for swimming and just lazing on the white sand beach. This is the same beach where the romantic scene between Anne Curtis and Jericho Rosales was shot for the movie “Baler.”

Baler is also a town with a rich historical past. Baler Church marks the famous Siege of Baler when the last Spanish garrison of four officers and 50 men was besieged by Filipino insurgents from June 27, 1898 to July 2, 1899. This was the last pocket of resistance of the Spanish Armed Forces to surrender to American troops.

It is also hometown to the late President Manuel Luis Quezon and those who want to know more about the man can visit the Quezon Memorial Park with stately trees, flowering ornamentals and gardens. A statue of the president sits in the center where tourists can have their photos taken.

Ermita Hill in nearby Poblacion Casiguran offers a commanding view of Casiguran Bay, Sabang Beach and the nearby islets. More than just a park and perch, this is also the site where seven families escaped to during the great tsunami of December 1735.

At the foot of the hill stands a memorial created by artist Nemi Miranda—a sculpture depicting fathers, mothers and children clambering up on the hill to escape the rampaging waves.