The town is the backdrop of the infamous Siege of Baler. When the Spaniards ceased and sold the Philippines to America, there was a group of renegade Spanish soldiers who decided that it wasn’t their time yet. They occupied the Church of Baler for almost a year until they finally gave up. This was the last Spanish stronghold in the Philippines. It is now called, “Siege of Baler.”
Today, pop culture is more familiar with Baler as a surfer’s paradise. Sabang Beach is the most popular with surf shops and schools that cater to the novice and the seasoned surfer. The best time to surf is September to March.