Typhoon Reming (Durian)

image from PAGASA

Another typhoon is bearing towards Aurora Province. It is expected to hit the Dicadi (DInalungan-Casiguran-Dilasag) area tomorrow.

from the PAGASA website:

Issued At: 5:00 a.m., 29 November 2006 Synopsis : At 2 a.m. today, Typhoon “REMING” was located based on satellite and surface data at 480 kms east of Northern Samar (12.6°N 130.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center ang gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 22 kph.

typhoon forecast from typhoon2000.com

Forecast Outlook: DURIAN is expected to turn more WNW to NW’ly within the next 24 to 48 hours – passing to the NE of Bicol Region or about 140 km. NE of Catanduanes or 25 km. ENE of Naga City by Thursday Nov 30 around 8 to 9 AM local time. The 3 to 5-day (Dec 01-03) long-range forecast remains the same showing a more northwesterly turn while slowing down, reaching Category 4 strength with projected wind speeds of 215 km/hr. DURIAN shall make landfall along Palanan Bay in Isabela Saturday evening, Dec 02 (approx 8 PM) & cross Southern Cagayan (passing very close to Tuguegarao) by Sunday morning Dec 03. Remember, that the 2 to 5-day forecast have a very large margin of errors!

News from ABS-CBN Interactive

Picture above from PAGASA

Update December 1, 2003: The typhoon changed course and missed Aurora province. The latest news from inq7.net is here. Sometime between Nov 29 and today, this post suddenly switched to private mode, which means that it became invisible. I wasn’t able to update yesterday because there was a scheduled brownout.

World Art Experience

World Art Experience logoCongratulations to the San Luis, Aurora delegates to the World Art Experience held on November 22 to 28 at Angono, Rizal. The event was organized by the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) to promote the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG). A total of 12 art competitions were held and participated in by local and foreign participants.

Despite being an LMP organized event, only one town in Aurora sent participants. Props to Mayor Mariano Tangson for supporting the artists of San Luis, Aurora. Four participants from the town attended the event. They are members of an informal group called Pelisyokin Art Group. Most members were also participants of the Sining Silangan Art Fest last summer and last year. They are Donnel Gomez, Marvin Soriano, Anthony Geñosa and Federico Mauro, Jr.

They took home the following awards, a total of 5 bronze and 1 silver medals:

Finalist – Figure Painting (Marvin Soriano)
2nd Place – Life Sketching (Donnel Gomez)
3rd Place – Life Sketching (Marvin Soriano)
3rd Place – 4X8 Group Mural

More info about the event here and here

North Philippines International Tourism Fair

North Philippines International Tourism Fair

The long-titled event was held from November 24 to 26 at the SM City in Clark, Pampanga. Incidentally, I have an official tour-of-duty at an Angeles City college and luckily, the venue was just two jeepney rides away. So Igan and I sneaked out during one lunch break and almost caught the opening ceremonies. We missed the on and off stage performances but the Aurora local officials were still at the Siempre Aurora booth. I snapped some pictures before going back to our official business.

The pictures:

BubbleShare: Share photosPlay some Online Games.

Quick Post

I just came back from a 2-day trip of Metro Manila and Central Luzon. I attended a techie seminar at Systems Plus College Foundation in Angeles City, Pampanga. I managed to sneak out one time and go to SM Clark just in time for the North Luzon Philippines International Tourism Fair where Aurora has a booth. Gov. Castillo, Vice Gov. Tangson and other Aurora officials were there. I also managed to catch the EP launching of the OA’s, a Manila-based band with Balerian Kangker managing the drums. It turned into a sort of Akaw reunion with mostly Balerian audience. I have photos of the two events and I’ll post them in the coming days. Back to regular programming.

Sierra Karera Pictures

Sierra Karera

Finally, we have pictures from the July 15, Sierra Karera outdoor challenge at Maria Aurora. I was waiting for the pictures for a long time and Mr. Noel Dulay, the municipal tourism officer gave me the files last October. I forgot about it for some time and when I was ready to prep them for posting, I stumbled on this photo gallery by Jay, the photographer of the pictures Noel gave me. So, no need to upoad the pictures at the Batangbaler gallery. Just go here for the goodies.

A news from the UST Varsitarian is here.

How to Get a BatangBaler Email Account

I noticed from the Most Viewed list on the sidebar that there are many visitors checking the BatangBaler Mail page. It just leads to a sign-in page with no info on how to get an account. I still has more than 400 email accounts available. If you want to have one, just email me at admin (at) batangbaler (dot) net. Give your real name and desired username. I will create an account for you and send you the details. The email service is powered by Gmail, the email service of Google. It offers more than 2GB of storage space plus other online apps like Gtalk, Calendar, etc.

Philippine places with common names

At the Oh My Pilipinas Kong Mahal blog, there’s a series of posts about places in the Philippines that has the same names. Accorfint to the blog, there are “more than 120 names in this country that are used by two or more towns or cities.”

About Aurora:

Now let’s go to Aurora. Yes, the name is of that venerable first “first lady” of this country and wife of then president Manuel L. Quezon. The most prominent “Aurora” is the province (her very own) – which naturally, rightfully and fortunately was named after her. She was from Baler which is one of the 8 towns of the province. This is one of the country’s surfing capitals second only to Siargao. Well, in the province of Aurora, there is a town named Maria Aurora. You’d think the people from that province can’t get enough of immortalizing her! But no, the town is not named after her. That name is after her eldest daughter Maria Aurora who died with her when they were ambushed in Nueva Ecija on their way to inaugurate the Quezon Memorial Hospital in Baler. Who were the culprits? Ironically, it was the HUKBALAHAP (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon). Gosh!

Continue reading Philippine places with common names

Tsunami alert triggers mass evacuations

Tsunami Evacuation Sign

from inq7.net:

A TSUNAMI alert raised in the Philippines after an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Japan sent thousands of residents fleeing to higher ground because of rumors and miscommunication, officials said Thursday.

In northeastern Aurora province, hundreds of families from at least three towns hardest hit by a recent typhoon fled to higher ground.

Continue reading Tsunami alert triggers mass evacuations