Mutya ng Pilipinas Update

The deal is sealed. Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 will definitely be held in Aurora Province. On June 26, the grand launch of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 was held at the Annex of SM North EDSA. It was attended by Mutya ng Pilipinas, Inc. President Roberto de Venecia, Aurora province Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo and Congressman Juan Edgardo Angara. There was also a mini fashion show by former winners of the pageant.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Launching
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Launching

(photo by: Ferdie Delos Reyes, Office of the Governor)

The official website of the pageant now shows the venue of the event as Aurora Province:

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7th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Celebration

The celebration of the 7th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day is currently ongoing here in Baler. This morning, there was a program at the Rice Processing Complex in Reserva on the launching of the e-Village Project, which will connect different government offices in Aurora to a single province-wide broadband network. Also happening today is a historical symposium called Baler and Beyond, being held at the ASCOT gymnasium. Tonight, there will be a cultural presentation at the Baler Sports Complex.

Tomorrow, there will be a mass and a wreath-laying ceremony at the Baler church. Then a program will be held at the Quezon park. Guest of Honor for the occasion will be Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile.

Stay tuned for pictures of the celebrations.

Pentavia Tonight at Quezon Park


Hard rocking ninja metal band Pentavia from Manila will be the special guest band tonight, the second night of the 3-day music fest at the Quezon Memorial Park. The event is titled Filipino-Españ dia dela Amistad: Expulsar el Beredeman Way, produced by Beredeman, the local band coop of Baler and sponsored by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara. This event was staged to showcase the musical talents of the youth of Aurora. Pentavia’s drummer is Boyet de Guzman, from Baler.

The opening night yesterday was a showcase of different bands highlighted by performances by Blue Island, The Bottles, Intensity 7, Tanukaobra, Kwak Kwak and other bands.

Batangbaler Email is Working Again

To all 3 batangbaler readers who uses the email address, the service is working again. You can receive emails in your mailbox again. The mail settings was changed when the website was transfered to a different server. I forgot to reconfigure it. Sorry for that.

This is the link to batangbaler email –>

To those who want to have their own batangbaler email address, just holler in my direction and i will gladly make one for you. Or you can email me at batangbaler at gmail dot com.

The King of Pop lives!

Baler Links

Baler on the net:

Baler is 400 Years Old. from Bilingual About the different events of the Baler 400 Years Celebration. Here’s more we should look out for:

Ongoing from March to December is a playwriting competition for radio and film. In June, there will be a sabutan fashion show. Also upcoming is the Juana La Loca production.

Slated for August are the airing of the “Tabak at Sampaguita” series over DZRH, and the staging of the zarzuela “Baler ng Puso Ko,” “Gabi ng Musikang Filipino,” and “Balagtasan Para sa Paglinis at Paglunti ng Baler.”

In September, the “Green the World” clean up project in Baler will be launched; and in October, the UN Stand Up and Take Action Against Poverty campaign will take place.

Planned for November and December is the Hispanic heritage-linked studies with participants from Union Latina in cooperation with UNESCO, Spain, Casa Asia/Instituto Cervantes leading to “Baguio to Baler Arts Caravan.” Also planned for December is the setting up of the Baler Arts Academy.

More activities are lined up for the Baler 400th anniversary celebration including those of under the National Historical Institute and the National Museum.

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By the way, Baler is actually more than 400 years old. It’s already here when the Spanish landed in 1609.

Little Paradise. From Raneil Antonio Ibay’s Multiply Page:

Merely describing Baler would not suffice. You’d have to be there to know what I mean. Experiencing this little paradise for yourself is the only way you’ll see the true essence of Baler.

Read the article and view the photos here

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Video Projects from NCCA's Kalahi Media Art Workshop

The short video outputs of the Media Arts Workshop held in Baler last Month as part of NCCA’s Kalahi Summer Arts Workshop. Before donning in your critic’s hat and firing your unsolicited comments, please bear in mind that these are made by high school kids.

This is Baler movie inspired short titled – Tromba Marina:

This one is another love story titled Aurora.

And lastly, Amnesia:

Casiguran: Celebrating 400 years in history

This is an account of the weeklong celebration of the 400 years Anniversary of Casiguran. From by Maritoni Alvarez:

Situated in the northern part of the Aurora Province and approximately 120 kms. from the historic town of Baler, Casiguran, dubbed as the “Enchanting Paradise in the North,” just celebrated its 400 years in history through a week-long festivity that showcased the town’s products, talents and beauty. The Quadricentennial of Casiguran, Aurora kicked off last June 7, 2009 with loads of activities to laud the town’s 400th year Anniversary.

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Visit the Aurora Booth at Wow Philippines in Intramuros

Today is the start of the Central Luzon exhibit at the Wow Philippines Expo at Intamuros Manila. The tourism and trade fair will run for three weeks until July 5. Aurora Province will have it’s own booth at the exhibit. And on June 19, there will be a special Aurora Day event at the venue. This will be a whole day of presentations, fashion show, and cultural programs all about Aurora.

For those Aurorans who haven’t been to the province for a long time, this is your chance. You can’t go to Aurora, so Aurora will come to you.