Museo de Baler in Aurora

Museo Baler AuroraLocated in Quezon Park, it has the photo exhibit of President Quezon and his family and other leaders of the province. Pictures of the past events during the American, Spanish and Japanese period showing the history and culture of Aurorans, scenic spots and ethnic tribes of the province are on display. There are also things to be read about Aurora Province and its people especially the Dumagat and Ilongot. The museum houses several historical artifacts that link it closely to the Philippines’ first and longest colonizer, Spain.

Inaugurated in 2002, the museum’s historical mural, a cold cast that covers the façade, was created by sculptor Toym Imao, son of National Artist for the Visual Arts Abdulmari Imao. The work was commissioned by Sen. Edgardo Angara and the Baler Historical Committee.

Ilovita Mesina, Baler’s local historian, said the museum was put up partly to commemorate the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day and relive the Siege of Baler.

Among the pieces are Chinese porcelain items from the Galleon Trade recovered from shipwrecks in Manila Bay, Luzon and Palawan.

President Manuel Quezon, who was born in Baler, has a statue in the center of the park named in his honor. Even his restored presidential car is showcased among the museum’s many artifacts.

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