Batangbaler Classic
The Batangbaler classic shirt is on sale again while supply lasts. Again, only available in black and white. Other colors soon to follow.

Pasirit Shirt
The first in our lineup of surfing shirts. Initially available in black and white. Limited supplies only.

Here’s the pricelist:

White Shirt: XS and S – P200, M & L – P210, 2XL – P220
Black Shirt: S & M – P210, L – P220, XL & 2XL – P230, 3XL – P240
(note: prices will be higher abroad)

To order, please contact:

Baler: Joseph (Kid) – 0921*******
Manila: Rommel (Mets) – 0920******* or Enniele – 0919*******
USA: Joan Querijero – 0921******* and +1732********

Aurora Day 2005

Here’s the tentative schedule for the
26th Aurora Foundation Anniversary:

February 14, 2005
9.00AM : Soft Opening of Beach Bazaar (Sabang Beach) and Trade Fair (Capitol Grounds)
6.00 PM : Soft Opening of Acoustic Nights at the Quezon Park
February 15, 2005
7.00AM : Start of Aurora Surfing Cup Sabang Beach)
8.00AM : Ecumenical Service (Capitol Grounds)
9.00AM : Grand Opening of Trade Fair (Capitol Grounds)
10.00AM : Inauguration of Inter-Agency Sportsfest (Capitol Court/Sports Complex)
12.00N : Luncheon with the Governor (Guest House Courtyard)
4.00PM : Launch of Heritage Tour (Baler Poblacion)
6.00PM : Aurora Surfing Cup Welcome Dinner (Bays Inn)
8.00PM : Inter-LGU Tuklas Talino (Capitol Stage)
February 16, 2005
8.00AM : Drum and Lyre Competition, CAT-I Competition (Capitol Grounds)
February 17, 2005
8.00AM : Skills Olympics (Baler Municipal Plaza)
7.00PM : Bb. Aurora 2005 (Capitol Stage)
February 18, 2005
8.00AM : Sportsfest Finals (Capitol Grounds)
1.00PM : Street Dancing Competition (Quezon Highway/Capitol Grounds)
6.00PM : Aurora Surfing Cup Awards Night
7.00PM : Street Party (Quezon Hiway)
8.00PM : Fireworks Display (Capitol Grounds)
February 19, 2005
7.00AM : Mass/Assembly (Baler Central School)
8.00AM : Parade (Baler Poblacion)
9.30AM : Wreath Laying/ Anniversary Program / Outstanding and Inspiring Aurorans (Capitol Stage)
6.00PM : Governor’s Ball (Guest House Courtyard)

provided by the Provincial Tourism Office

Goodbye Suman Festival! Adios patupat.


Villa Aurora was on network news the past two days. 24 Oras, GMA 7’s primetime news program featured Kapuso Foundation’s school rehabilitation program. The elemetary school in Villa Aurora was covered by a landslide during the November 30 typhoon. Well not only the school but the whole place. The foundation, with the help of Habitat for Humanity and the local officials, will put up a new school at the mountaintop of Sitio Dimani. No less than Mel Tiangco, did the groundbreaking for the construction. Good news.

Loggers Galore

Here’s the list of all LEGAL loggers in Aurora. I took it from an Inquirer news, it was sent to them by the Multi-Sectoral Action Group (MSAG) of Aurora.

Pacific Timber Export Corp.
Verdant Agro-Forest Development Corp.
Inter-Pacific Forest Resources Corp.
Industries Development Corp.
RCC Timber Co., San Roque Sawmill Corp.
Benson Realty Development Corp.
Toplite Lumber Corp.
Green Circle Properties and Resources Inc.

from inq7.net:

“The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the Office of the President and the DENR approved the logging operations of International Hardwood and Veneer Corp., Timberland Forest Products, Industries Development Corp., RCC Timber Co. and Top Lite Corp.

The government granted permits and concessions to these “logging giants” in the form of IFMAs between January 2001 and November 2002, Pamalakaya chair Fernando Hicap said in a statement.

The group said this was how the five firms got their permits:

In January 2001, the government allowed International Hardwood and Veneer Corp. to operate on 13,527 hectares of forest in Mauban town, Quezon.

On Nov. 12, 2002, the national government through the DENR approved the logging operation of Timberland Forest Products, covering 34,660 ha in General Nakar.

On Dec. 5, 2001, the President also approved the operations of Industries Development Corp. and RCC Timber Co. in Aurora through the IFMA. The two companies were allowed 48,877 ha and 23,140 ha, respectively.

On July 9, 2002, the DENR approved the logging permit of Top Lite Corp., also in Aurora, which covered 8,630 ha. “While former Environment Secretary Elisea Gozun suspended the permit for quite some time, new Environment Secretary Michael Defensor overturned the decision and lifted the suspension two weeks ago,” the group said.”

Here’s the link to the inq7 article.


Mets (drinking from the poso) works at GMA as production designer of Nuts Entertainment, art director of 3R and recently as a researcher for Naks!, that Bearwin Meily and Benjie Paras magic program imitating David Blaine. Until about three episodes into Naks, Mets didn’t know that he’s working with another pure Akaw, Ethel Mapindan from Buhangin, daughter of Councilor Mapindan. Yes, that female magician in the show named Ethel is from Baler. She’s in the show by way of Eric Mana, a great Fil-Canadian magician who is her husband. Anyway I told Mets about her and he just bowled over. They were talking “dipuntu” to each other not knowing that they are pure Akaws. Now they talk attilauys and enjoying their inside jokes about Tantul and Ka Paul. Aside from Mets, there are two other Balerians working at GMA.

The above picture by the way was taken at Dimanagsag East, a sitio in Calabuanan, Baler, Aurora. With Mets are Ayie Pimentel and Enniele Sinsay.