Camera Crisis


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. 😉

Baler's Top 10 of Everything

Help needed!

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.

Baler Words of the Week

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!

San Luis Will Celebrate It's 50th Anniversary This Year

San Luis, Aurora

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.

Trial on murder of Aurora publisher suspended indefinitely


Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 Judge Jansen Rodriguez suspended indefinitely the trial of the murder case against the remaining accused in the May 2005 killing of newspaper publisher Philip Agustin following the dismissal of the case against former mayor Jaime Ylarde.

Rodriguez told GMANews.TV by phone that they have no recourse but to suspend the hearing against the two other accused, Nilo Morete and Manuel Alday pending their arrest.

Read the complete news

New Art Collective Exhibit Featuring the Gonzales Brothers of Baler

New Art Collective

The Art Association of the Philippines
in cooperation with
The Artery Manila


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.

Participating Artists:
Hermio Aguinaldo, Jr.
Ricky Ambagan
Reynaldo Amido
Jimmy Anecito
Bong Anore
Melbourne Aquino
Grace Astoveza
Max Balatbat
Mark Bello
Benji Bisaya
Malyn Bonayog
Robert Deniega
Franklyn Epil
Sherwin Paul Gonzales
Rizaldy Garra
Vincent Gonzales
Bernardo Horario
Josue Mangrobang
Dian Masinsin
Jensen Moreno
Kenneth Olpindo
Wilfredo Rufon
Jericho Valjusto Vamenta
Charlie Villagracia

More info here

Aurora villagers rally vs ecozone plan

from 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 “kuliglig” (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).

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Related article from the Pamalakaya Times: Aurora’s ecozone plan, a reward to Angaras for licking GMA’s boots, group says.