Baler: A State of Mind Exhibit РMalaca̱ang Museum

Baler: A State of Mind, the visual arts exhibit featuring the Dimalangat Artists Community and the Batang Aurora Camera Club (ehem!) will open its Malacañang Museum leg tomorrow May 28, 2009 @ 2:00 pm. The exhibit started its journey on April 20 -30 at the NCCA Gallery. After the Malacañang stint, the paintings and photographs will return to Intramuros for the Wow Philippines celebration. Be there if you have time.

Some of my photographs are included in the exhibit but I was not invited as well us the other members of the Batang Aurora Camera Club. I guess the coordinators of the event thought we were not the Malacañang type. Oh well…

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from the Northern Philippine Times: Illegal logging rampant in Aurora national park

Illegal logging is still rampant at the famous Aurora Memorial National Park here despite presence of police and environment personnel and a crackdown waged by the provincial government.

The illegal operations have angered Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo who expressed disgust that illegal loggers manage to pass through checkpoints.

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from Four tribes get titles over ancestral lands

CADT RO3-SLU-1205-039 covers 2,789 ha of land and 2,859 ha of waters in Barangay Dibut in San Luis and in portions of Barangays Zabali and Pingit in Baler, both in Aurora.

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from NPA admits burning of coco nursery in Aurora

The Domingo Erlano Command of the New People’s Army in Aurora has claimed responsibility for the burning of 14,000 coconut seedlings and several cottages at the Aurora Provincial Coconut Development Center in Dinalungan town on Thursday night.

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from From Baler with love

In commemoration of Baler’s founding and its historic train of events, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts led by its Chairman Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (OPACC) headed by Secretary Heherson Alvarez will hold an art activity called “Gallery of the Seas” coinciding with the twin celebration of the National Heritage Month and the Month of the Ocean. The local government of Baler, Mayor Arthur Angara, and Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo also joins the “Gallery of the Seas” as this event, already on its fourth staging, will be held at the hometown of the Angaras.

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from Police in Philippines arrest accused in 2005 murder of journalist

Local police arrested one of the alleged gunmen in the 2005 killing of journalist Philip Agustin on May 13 in Pampanga, a province approximately 81 km from Manila, according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

The Philippine National Police in Central Luzon arrested Nilo “Boy” Morete in Poblacion village, Mabalacat town, Pampanga at around 3:30 p.m. (local time) on May 13.

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Two Photos

I have tons of photos to upload but i’m up to my forehead with paperworks. Will post them when I can. In the meantime, two shots from a borrowed camera. Click on the pictures to biggify.

Gallery of the Sea

Gallery of the Sea. Baler Beach. May 24, 2009.

Baler Beach

Run. Baler Beach. May 24, 2009.

Kalahi Summer Arts Workshop

As part of the Baler 400 Celebration, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) is currently having a series of workshops in town. This morning, an art workshop was held at the Bahia De Baler and a sail-painting activity was held near the Baler Public Market (Bagsakan Center). At the Museo De Baler, there is an ongoing media arts workshop which is about video production and editing. The activities will go on until Sunday May 24. Participants are mostly elementary and high school kids and local artists.

The art workshops are being facilitated by Fidel Sarmiento, Aris Bagtas, Nards Gomez, Giovanni Dela Rosa, Serafin Madella, Salvador Sierra, Russel Ranoso, and Mark Louie Gonzales. All from the Art Association of the PHilippines.

Kalahi Summer Art Workshop

The participants of the Art Workshop at Bahia De Baler

Kalahi Summer Art Workshop

Video production workshop at Museo De Baler.

Kalahi Summer Art Workshop

Sail painting activity at the Baler Public Market.

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May 2009 CPA Licensure Exam Results

The results of the May 2009 CPA Licensure Examination held the other day are out.

Congratulations to Christian John Lomboy Marcelo from Brgy. Quirino, Maria, Aurora for passing the notoriously difficult exam. Christian graduated from Quirino Elementary School, a small school that surprisingly comes out with a descent number of CPA passers. Mr. Joselito Japson, who provided this info and was a CPA topnothcer in 2006 also came from that school.

Please download the doc file below and pore through the list to identify other passers from Aurora so that we can congratulate them also. (To download, right click and click on Save Target As… or Save Link As..)

List of passers
List of topnotchers

Congratulations to:
Anna Marie Porbido Penzon, graduate of SLU, ANSHS, and BCS.
Ronald Eric Buen – son of the late Olan Buen

Celebrating art, heritage and the ocean in Baler


In celebration of the National Heritage Month and the Month of the Ocean this May, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman, DepEd U-Sec. Vilma Labrador and executive director Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, also PA on Culture, in cooperation with Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (OPACC), will hold an art activity called “Gallery of the Seas,” as part of a “triangulated” event involving the air, mountain and sea in the historic town of Baler, Aurora, which is celebrating its 400th foundation anniversary this year, 2009, declared by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the Year of Baler.

The event, which has three aspects and perspectives, will be held from May 18 to 24. This event will emphasize the ecological and cultural diversity of Aurora. The “triangulated” event will have a bird-watching activity, a hiking and mountaineering activity, and the “Gallery of the Sea.”

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The “Gallery of the Sea” is in coordination of the Dimalangat Artists Community and will actually start on May 20 21. This is not exclusive to Dimalangat Artists. Venue is either Baler Central school or Aurora Technological Institute. Stand by for details.

The Bird Watching Activity will be led by the Camera Club of the Philippines in coordination with the Batang Aurora Camera Club. Give me a hoot at batangbaler at gmail dot com if you’re interested. The mountaineering activity will be led by the UP Mountaineers.

These events are part of the Baler 400 Celebration.