Baler (bah-lehr) has never needed city walls for protection; the Sierra Madre and the Philippine Sea cut the capital of Aurora Province off from the outside world effectively enough. Today Baler is best known as the location of the surfing scene in the film Apocalypse Now. The minuscule waves on display in that scene are a testament to the area’s fickleness, but the surfboards that were left here, post-filming, have kick-started a lively surfing scene.
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