Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day 2005

This is the quickest update I made in Batangbaler. The Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Celebration happened just this morning. The oldest picture here was taken at 8:00 this morning and the newest just one hour ago. The last part of the event was the opening of the restored watchtower at Sitio Castillo and i decided to post the pictures right away since i will pass by our internet lab at ASCOT on the way back anyway. I don’t know where the people involved are having their lunch now but i’m hungry and i think i deserve an invitation.

As usual I arrived late and missed the wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Church.

The peeps walking to the Baler Park where the main program will take place.

The whole program happened under the rain. I bet this kids are required to be there.

Sen. Edgardo Angara with the delagates from Philippines and Spain.

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This old photo of Baler was taken only last Sunday. I thought my photoshop skills were getting rusty so I tried to practice on turning a new picture into an old one. The hardest part was removing loads of dangling wires and some remnants of the May 2004 election. This row of houses are located along Angara street starting from the Quezon Hiway going to Brgy. Buhangin. This is the original picture:


BB Stats January – June 2005

Monthly Stats
Average unique visitors per month: 3,584
Average visits per month : 5,994
Average monthly pageviews: 49,939
Average monthly hits: 336,431

Daily Stats
Average visits: 200
Average page visits: 2,842
Hits: 12,769

unique visitors – first time visit to the website or first time a computer connects to the batangbaler server.
visits – counts each time the homepage was visited
pageviews – counts each time any page in the website was visited
hits – counts everytime a file on the website is accessed, including pages, images, database etc.Also includes access to guestbook and messageboard.

Last weekend’s downtime of the BB website was again due to excess bandwidth (size of file access allowed per month which is 5GB in the case of Batangbaler). I requested the hosting company for additional bandwidth on Friday (June 24) before the site went down. Unfortunately, the request was activated only this Monday (June 27). To solve this problem I upgraded BB’s account to four times the current bandwidth allocation (from 5 to 20GB) and also increased the file storage (from 800MB to 900MB). Of course it means increase in monthly payments but the problem of excess bandwith every month will be solved. As a result of this upgrade, the one-year hosting payment that is supposed to last until June next year will only cover payments up to January.
We’ll deal with it when the time comes. In the meantime, enjoy your Batangbaler Experience.

Hot Topics on the Board

If you’re not a member or a regular browser of the BB messageboard, these are some of the hot topics:

1. Hello Garci – starts with the use of the Hello Garci ringtone and snowballs into discussions on wiretapping, GMA and all things related to the latest issue about the Gloriagate scandal.

2. Outstanding Balerians – what it takes to be an outstanding Balerian

3. Aurora National Science High School – Divided into topics for the different batches of ANSHS

5. Buhay FL – Remembering and celebrating the fast learner class.

Most topics at the messageboard are open to everyone. Some requires registration before you can reply. To register click here.


I shot these last night. I took almost two dozen shots while tinkering with the camera settings and these two are the best of the worst. Some even came out totally black. These two shots have exposures of 10 seconds.

Baler By Night

Baler turns into a completely different beast as night sets in. This is a preview of my planned night pictures of Baler. Of course it will come after Baler By Day and after I find out how to properly take nightshots.