Yearend Events

presented by:
Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Aurora (ACCAU)
December 29, 2006
Baler Municipal Plaza 7:00 PM
Free Admission
(cancelled due to bad weather - stay tuned for new schedule )


a night featuring local bands of Baler
presented by Beredeman Production
December 30, 2006
Freddie’s Place (formerly Cocohut)
Sabang, Baler, Aurora

Kaskasan will start at 7:00 PM
10 pesos entrance (no free pakaskas)

Support your local music scene! Watch these gigs!

4 Sinos in Aurora shabu lab plead not guilty

from Philippine Star via abs-cbn Interactive. By: Manny Galvez:

BALER, Aurora — The four Chinese nationals arrested during a raid on a clandestine shabu laboratory in Dingalan last August have pleaded not guilty during their arraignment here recently.

The four — Sy Tho, Whang Tha Ti, Chin Na Chua and Chen Chien — assisted by Chinese interpreter Ann Yao, entered pleas of not guilty when they were arraigned on charges of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in the sala of Judge Armando Yanga of the Regional Trial Court Branch 66.

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GJ and Dylan

I whipped up this MTV of my two kids GJ (3yrs old) and Dylan (1yr old) to serve three purposes: (1) To update their Ninongs and Ninangs about them; (2) to try out my video editing skills; and (3) to test uploading videos to youtube. Consider this a Christmas greetings from the kids, their mom and myself. Happy Holidays. The youtube link is here.

Aurora Google Videos

I posted these two videos on Google Video back in January. They were lost during the wordpress migration of this blog. Watch out, BB is brewing something for next year. It has moving things in it.

Komedya De Baler. This is localized version of the Moriones. Popular fiesta feature since the Spanish period. This is the Brgy. Buhangin performers in the Best of Central Luzon showcase at Marilao, Bulacan. October 2, 2005.

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Calling Ms. Estrella Sindac

One of your poems from the Sining Silangan workshop is now in a book. The book is titled TEXT POETS SOCIETY edited by Frank Rivera and published by UST Publishing House this December. Bb. Beverly Siy, the Sining Silangan literary workshop facilitator submitted your work and she wants you to know about the news.

I know Ms. Sindac but i’m too lazy to look for her here in Baler. I just want to let her know about this before christmas. I know her relatives are Batangbaler readers, so please inform her about this. Tell her to contact me (batangbaler at gmail dot com) so that I can give her Ms. Siy’s contact info.

Congratulations Ms. Estrella Sindac! I posted about her works here and here

Ms. Sindac is not the only Balerian whose works were published this month. A short story by Mr. Oscar Alvarez Jr. titled V.A. is included in the book Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 2. The book was launched last December 10. More details here, here and here.

13 Mountaineers conquer Aurora side of Sierra Madre

from Philippine Star by Manny Galvez via

SAN LUIS, Aurora — Only 13 out of 200 mountaineers have survived the grueling 12-day mountain trek at the Aurora side of the 1.8-million hectare majestic Sierra Madre mountain ranges.

Professor Leonardo Usita, president of the Noble Blue Falcons International Association Inc. (NBFIAI) which organized the mountain trek, said the 13 survivors who conquered Sierra Madre include: his brother Christopher Usita, Dennis Avenilla, Christopher Castillo, Edwin Pantalunan, Ruel Rosales, Anthony Aganad, Norman Maglayuan, Frank Tabios, Richard Leander, and cousins Roger Hugo and Godofredo Hugo and Luis Baynosa and Lowell Baynosa.

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