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.
Why are we friends? Things explained in these posters at the park grounds.
The teachers in their Filipiniana dress.
After the program, the exhibit at the Museo was opened. The place was newly renovated but still as hot as hell.
The old pictures are still blockbusters.
There’s also an exhibit of Aurora pictures. It was commissioned by Senator Angara and were taken by famous photographers from the country. Here two locals are enjoying the Romy Vitug photos.
View from the second floor.
Next stop, Dikaloyungan where a new historical marker about the Putok sa Dikaloyungan (click on the link to read the story by Olag Selaznog) will be unveiled.
Spot Ka Ending.
Spot Ka Faming.
Ka Ending: ” ay dala-dalawa pala ang ninunu ku ditu ay!”
This place was constructed in just seven days. This is what the marker says: Dikaloyungan. Sa pook na ito noong 3 Setyembre 1897 nagpunit ng sedula ang mga katipunerong kinabibilangan nina Teodorico Luna Novicio, Antero Amatorio, Norberto Valenzuela, Isabelo Palispis at iba pa at lumagda sa isang manipestong nagpapahayag ng kanilang pagsalungat sa kapangyarihan ng EspaÃ±a. Sa pangyayaring ito nagsimula ang himagsikang Filipino sa distrito ng Prinsipe (Aurora ngayon). Nagsilbi rin itong himpilan ng kilusang rebolusyonaryo sa Baler.
The restored watchtower at the Chapel of Sitio Castillo in Baler.
The Angaras with the kids.
More kids. This place is overflowing with children.
Inside the watchtower.
The Governor taking orders from the kids: “Bola ng basketball, bola ng volleyball, scrabble..anu pa?”
Here are some articles about the event:
from Manila Times: The roots of Filipino-Spanish friendship By Augusto V. De Viana
from Manila Bulletin: Discussion on RP-Spain ties held today as prelude to â€˜Siege of Balerâ€™ observance by Ariel AvendaÃ±o
Pwera pasma! Yesterday i was both chilling and perspiring at the same time for 24 hours because of flu. I already missed two related events, the 3rd Phillipine Spanish Conference-Workshop held at ASCOT and the evening cultural presentation at the municipal plaza. Luckily, my fever was gone this morning and i was able to go out and take pictures. I was partly drenched in rain and i’m getting hot again. Please pray for my early recovery. Don’t worry about the pictures of the events i missed, i have sources. Adios Amigos!