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Explore Aurora: Dilasag

Dilasag is the northernmost municipality of Aurora. While it is the farthest, it is the most beautiful municipality of Aurora. “Dilasag” comes from two native words “di” which means abundance and “lasag” or meat to the aborigines. True to its name, Dilasag has the most aquatic and forest resources. The Dumagats (sea gypsies) were the original inhabitants of Dilasag. The Dumagats were later joined by migrants from Tarlac and other parts of Aurora.

Sand. Sea. Sun. Located on the Northeastern coast of Central Luzon, Dilasag is famous for its untouched stretch of velvety white sands, calm sea, and beautiful sunrise. But Dilasag is worth more than these.

BalerCanaware Beach Hermit Crab by invmatrix

3 things I ♥ about Dilasag
1. The road trip to Dilasag offers a breathtaking view of northern Aurora. Dilasag can be reached by land from Baler via the Baler-Casiguran Road–one of the less travelled coastal roads in the country. Travel across the coastal road, you will surely enjoy the spectacular sight of lush mountain forests, hills, and soothing Pacific oceanscapes of the towns Dipaculao, Dinalungao, and Casiguran, as you feel the cool breeze of the wind against your face.
2. Fresh catch. Before sunrise, seize fresh, flavorful, just-off-the-boat Pacific catch (e.g., lobster, blue marlin, etc.) along the shores of Brgy. Diniog.
3. The genuine hospitality of the people of Dilasag. Ilocano and Tagalog are their mother tongue, but they could understand and speak conversational English.

Baler Fresh catch by invmatrix

Activities
Snorkeling. The shallow coral reefs along Bgy. Diniog offers diverse forms of coral and undersea life.
Swimming. The waves in Dilasag are smaller than the waves in the other towns in Aurora.
Boating. Just ask any of the friendly fishermen of Bgy. Diniog to lend you a small boat and a paddle.
By night, watch fireflies dance around trees near the shore, while listening to the relaxing sound of the ocean waves.

Getting there and around:
Baler, Aurora can be accessed from Manila by land via two routes: (a) the scenic route via the Canili-Pantabangan Road; and (b) the shorter route via the winding and unpaved Baler-Bongabon Road. From Baler, Dilasag is 4 to 6 hours drive/bus ride.

There are two major bus lines that service Baler: Genesis Transport Services Bus (fare and schedule) and D’Liner. Of the two, only D’Liner travels directly to Dilasag, from either Cabanatuan City or Baguio City (via San Jose, Nueva Ecija). D’Liner has 5 daily trips to Dilasag/Casiguran: 4am and 6am (PhP 488/person; Cabanatuan City Terminal Station – Bongabon – Pantabangan – Ma. Aurora – Baler – Casiguran – Dilasag); 5am and 7am (PhP 368/person; Cabanatuan City Terminal Station – Bongabon – Pantabangan – Ma. Aurora – Baler – Casiguran); 3am (PhP 193/person; Baler – Casiguran – Dilasag). In addition, D’Liner also offers direct bus service to Casiguran from Baguio City, via the San Jose – Nueva Viscaya – Baler – Casiguran route, every Saturday and Wednesday. Tip: To score the best seat (front-row, window seat), come at least an hour earlier. Seats are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

D'LinerD’Liner by invmatrix

Meanwhile, Genesis Transport Services Bus (fare and schedule) offer daily trips to Baler from Pasay, Cubao and Cabanatuan City. Aside from Genesis Transport Services Bus, there are also other bus lines that service the Manila – Cabanatuan City route (for more info, see related post: Food trip in the Philippine’s tricycle capital – Cabanatuan City). Travel time from Cabanatuan to Baler is around 3-4 hours by bus; another 4-6 hours from Baler to Casiguran; and 1 hour from Casiguran to Dilasag.

There are also airconditioned public utility vans that travel from Cabanatuan City Terminal Station to Baler Central Terminal Station and vice versa (Fare is around PhP 230/person). From the Central Terminal Station in Baler. there are also non-airconditioned public utility vans that could take youl to Casiguran (PhP 200/person).

There are numerous tricycles around Poblacion that can take you around Dilasag. Minimum fare is PhP 10 per person. You may also hire a tricycle to ferry you around Dilasag (around PhP 300 and up). For reservation, you may get in touch with Mr. Ben Piglay (+63 918 532 1051), a primary school teacher and a very reliable tricycle driver (part-time).

You may ask the locals to accommodate you for a night or two. Alternatively, you could go back and stay in Casiguran. Accessible lodging places in Casiguran include Bulo, Riverview, and Peña Lodging. Station manager of D’Liner in Casiguran could provide you with more information on how to get to any of these lodging places.

For more info email project7107philippines@gmail.com.

Contributor: Ruth Francisco*, a researcher on weekdays; a traveller, shopper, and housekeeper on weekends.

*With special thanks to Mrs. Susan Briones for the kind accommodation; Ms. Cristy Francisco for the helpful information and logistic support; and to the Team Aurora (Lyndree, Say, and Rich) for making my first Aurora road trip adventure fun, exciting, and memorable.

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7 Comments»

  Josiah wrote @

Ruth! maraming salamat dito. Mararating ko rin ito. Oras nalang hinihintay ko… at pera… hehe

  ruth wrote @

Josiah, we only spent around 2k for this trip (all-in; 2D3N) =)
BTW, that covers our entire Aurora adventure (Manila-Dilasag-Baler-Manila)!

  thes wrote @

hello, thanks for sharing this. what about the accomodations please? thanks a lot.

  ruth wrote @

Hi Ms. Thes, you’re most welcome.
If you’re looking for a resort or a lodging place that could accommodate you and your family or friends, you have to go back to Casiguran, Aurora (see available lodging places above). Thank you! =)

  ruth wrote @

Hi Ms. Thes, Dilasag has now a Municipal Guest House (located at the back of the Municipal Guest House) which is open to public =)

For more details, please contact Mr. FREDDIE ASIS, Sr. Adim Asst. 111/ Mun Tourism Coordinator of Dilasag. (+63 921 649 0853 or +63 905 639 5176)

  Jacob Maentz wrote @

This is very informative. Just what we’re looking for. Thank you!

  ruth wrote @

Thanks Jacob! Have fun in Aurora!

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