In Reminiscense you can read a very interesting and well-researched survey of Baler and its history.
Unless I’m mistaken, the writer, Olag, is a relative, we’ve been in touch from time to time but keep losing each other’s email addresses.
Baler is a town practically begging for its history to be written in an epic manner. One cousin has been toying with the idea for years now, and he knows the place quite well. I keep telling him our family’s history as it’s intertwined with that of Baler would make for a fantastic historical novel (you have to pass it off as fiction because so many threads in the story are fantastic, improbable, incredible, or downright shocking).