The camera being used by Batangbaler, to take important pictures like the one above; donated by the Aurora Association USA, just died recently. So I’m back to borrowing cameras from friends and strangers. Expect fewer photos this year.
(I’m winking to all the Batangbaler’s benefactors with this post. Here’s hoping you can read between the lines. 😉
This year, I will launch a Batangbaler project titled Baler’s Top 10 of Everything. It’s basically a list of everything best or worst in Baler. And this world of online collaboration, I will basically start with a clean state. You, visitors of this website could pitch in ideas and suggestions regarding this project.
As a starting, i’m soliciting topics, titles, or categories that we can use to layout the plan for the list. Please use the comment link on this post.
I’m thinking of the following, please add:
Most Important people in Baler’s History.
Most popular tourists destinations
Oldest People in Baler
Today’s Most Influential People of Baler
Baler’s Worst Disasters of all time
The Richest People in Baler
Geographic facts – largest barangay, highest point, largest river, etc.
Starting this week I will post two or three Baler words with their description. This is to promote the use of our “puntung Baler” and to prevent the dipuntu invasion happening in our dear old town. So this week’s Baler words are:
Balinuknuk – stiff neck. Ex: Akaw! de aku makalingun, bina balinuknuk aku!
Kurudupdup – very low or wee light. Ex: Wag ka nga lang diyan Ikong, kita lang kita kahit makurudupdup.
Makudup – firewood that’s very hard to light. Ex: Akaw! Hirap pasindihin nitu ay madre kakaw, makudup!
That ends our lesson for the week!
The post about Baler’s 400th Annniversary reminded me that this year is also the golden anniversary of the Municipality of San Luis. San Luis became a municipality on August 24, 1959 by virtue of of Republic Act 3487. Before that it was just a barrio of Baler. The town was named after the patron saint “San Luis Rey de Francia”. The old name of the town was Inatengan.
Read more about the town’s history here.
Visit the official website of the Municipality of San Luis. It’s the only town in Aurora that has an official website.
Stay awake until midnight tonight, January 21. My sources at the Provincial Tourism Office just alerted me that some Aurora diving footages will be shown in the program Born to be Wild right after Saksi.
If you can’t stay up that long, just watch some diving videos here or here.
The Art Association of the Philippines
in cooperation with
The Artery Manila
“NEW ART COLLECTIVE”
An exhibition of works by 25 emergent artists. Exhibit opens on Monday, January 26 at 7pm. Venue: Botong’s Up Restobar and Artspace, Ground Floor of A. Venue Mall (across Great Eastern Hotel formerly Aberdeen Court), Makati Avenue, Makati City.
Hermio Aguinaldo, Jr.
Sherwin Paul Gonzales
Jericho Valjusto Vamenta
More info here
from inquirer.net by Tonette Orejas
Fighting what they called displacement from their homes and farms, more than 1,500 farmers, fishermen and Dumagat natives from five villages in Casiguran, Aurora, held a protest caravan on Monday to stop the establishment of an economic zone there.
Riding the â€œkuligligâ€ (farm tractor used in transporting people and produce) and tricycles, the protesters converged at the Casiguran town hall at noon and aired their appeal to local officials to stop the establishment of the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority (Aseza).
Read the complete news
Related article from the Pamalakaya Times: Auroraâ€™s ecozone plan, a reward to Angaras for licking GMAâ€™s boots, group says.