Batangbaler 2010 Yearender

Inside Casiguran Cove - August 2010
Inside Casiguran Cove - August 2010

Most of these were posted on the Batangbaler FB Page.

January 2010. Another post about Baler by Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town – Aurora: Old Baler and Quezon Legacy. In California, Aurora Association elects officers for 2010-2012 Pays tribute to outstanding parents. January 9, the Feast of the Black Nazarene with FB Photos by Donna Friginal. January 10 in Casiguran – Sen. Angara Leads Aurora Pacific Ecozone Groundbreaking. January 12, Batangbaler FB page reports that after a whole year of being online and not having a single update, the official Baler, Aurora website – – is officially dead. Meanwhile, the San Luis, Aurora website is still online and active. From the January 13 Inquirer news: Church group sees poll fundraising in P30-M Aurora dredging. Also on January 13, the Sports Scuba Divers Association of Aurora was born. From the Lawstude’s Journeys Blog – Baler’s Famous 5 “S”.  January 17, from – ASEZA project to generate 300 jobs. Pictures of the Aurora Province Division Meet by Ymay Calugtong (FB). January 17, Pictures of the Feast of the Sto. Niño by Donna Friginal (FB). January 18, Comelec Aurora released the list of the local candidates for the May 2010 Elections. January 20, from 6 Aurora Comelec executives face relief. More Aurora stories from the Lawstude’s Journeys blog: This is it Digisit and Rugged Beauty of Pagasa Baler. From CBCP News: Priests outraged over lack of consultation on eco zone plan. The Official Facebook Page of Aurora Province. Janaury 27, from Aurora Becomes Trade Hub; Angara Lures More Investors. January 28, also from Bicameral Panel OKs Aurora Freeport Act. From Manila Standard: Aurora free port, economic zone wins panel nod. Batangbaler features the Prehistoric Burial Site at Sitio Castillo. January 30, from Journal online: Vice Gov. Gerardo Noveras dismissed as sheer political harassment the criminal charges filed against him and two other government officials before the Office of the Ombudsman. January 31, from Manila Bulletin: Aurora farmers, fisherfolk oppose economic zone.

February 2010. February 1, from ASEZA, NHA Seal the Deal for Casiguran Residents’ Relocation. BB-FB features Flict G, the rapper from Baler. February 3, from the 48th IB Blog: Covenant of Peace Signed at San Luis, Aurora Assuring Eviction Of NPA Influence in the Area. More from Lawstude’s Journey Blog: History and Beauty in Ermita Hill. February 4, from Truck falls off cliff in Aurora, 3 injured. The Aurora Day 2010 Celebration starts: Pictures of the Inter-Agency Sportsfest Parade (from Aurora Province FB), pictures from the opening of the Inter-Agency Sportsfest, The Php 593 Million Aurora Memorial Hospital (AMH) improvement project was approved with funding from JICA. February 10, from Journal Online: ‘Ecozone boon to Aurorans’. February 11, Batangbaler features MLQ Memorial Lodge No. 262 – Public Installation of Officers. February 14, BB features the Bb. Aurora 2010 Candidates. Pictures of the Aurora Day 2010 Inter-Agency Sportsfest Awarding Program from Aurora Province (FB). Pictures of Aurora Day 2010 Trade Fair from Donna Friginal (FB). Pictures of Aurora Day 2010 Araw ng Pagkilala and Tourism Trade Fair from Batangbaler (FB). February 15, from Baler emerged as fast-rising local travel destination. Pictures from the Aurora Day 2010 Tourim and Trade Fair from Aurora Province (FB). More Tourism and Trade Fair photos from Arwin Soriano (FB). 4th Aurora Surfing Challenge photos from Arwin Soriano (FB). Bb. Aurora 2010 Candidates pictorial photos from Arwin Soriano (FB). February 17, from DPWH defends P100-M dredging project in Aurora. For the third time in a row, a candidate from San Luis was crowned Ms. Aurora 2010. Bb. Aurora 2010 pictures from Donna Friginal (FB). Pictures of the Aurora Day 2010 Farmers Day from Donna Friginal (FB). Bb. Aurora 2010 Coronation Night pictures from BB (FB). Aurora Day 2010 Anniversary Program pictures fr Aurora Province FB. PGMA Speech during Aurora Day Celebration, Part 1 and Part 2. Aurora Day February 19 pictures by Donna Friginal. People’s Party at the Beach featuring Callalilly and Siakol. Pictures of Roads and Bridges to Northern Aurora by Seb Angara. From lawstude’s Journey: Maria Aurora’s Millenium Tree. Aurora Day Pictures by Batangbaler. From 122nd Birth Anniversary of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon. From Carabao race an attraction in Baler, Aurora. Aurora Day – Basketball with the Stars pictures. Video of the February 18 fireworks display at the beach. Korea-Philippines Art Exhibit at GSIS Museum opens on February 26, 2010 with works of Vincent Christopher Gonzales and Roy Buen from Baler. From Quezon family: GMA is close to us. ART IN THE PARK. Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village Makati City. Feb. 27, 2010 includes artworks by brothers Jose Johann Bitancor and Jeho Bitancor from Baler. More Aurora Day pictures by Ymay. Bb. Aurora Talent Night pictures. Aurora Day Drum and Lyre Competition pictures by Ymay. Aurora Day Street Dancing pictures by Ymay. From Manila Bulletin column of Sen. Edgardo Angara: Baler For All Time. From PGMA salutes the monument of Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon. From PGMA makes the inaugural drive-through of the Baler-Casiguran Road Project. From Angara to lead Baler’s Agriculture Museum groundbreaking. From Man beheads live-in partner in Aurora. From Angara leads Canili Rural Farm School groundbreaking. From At least 19 provinces on RP east coast alerted on tsunami.

March 2010. From Life in Aurora back to normal after lifting of tsunami alert. From Angara leads Baler Arts Academy groundbreaking. From lawstude’s journeys blog: San Luis’ Caunayan Falls and Stream. From the Philippine Scuba Diving Scene blog: Botched Dolphin Rescue Attempt. From Angara leads groundbreaking of Reserva Elementary School’s Sports Complex. From Doña Aurora Lives in Hearts of Aurorans. From No troop pullout in Aurora despite NPA-free status. Baler, Aurora from Sands of Siren blog. Ditumabo Street Life pictures from Ditumabo FB. Baler Aurora Exhibit at UP Bulwagan ng Dangal. The Art of Johann L. Bitancor. Dimalangat artists invade Bulwaga ng Dangal. Jaylorie Delos Reyes, a local singing star, won the Vocal Solo Competition at the CHED 2010 NAtional Cultural Festival held at U.P. Diliman. Caledian and Suklayin in Arayat, Pampanga.

April 2010. From journal online: Aurora air, sea ports under tight watch against terrorist attacks. Senakulo 2010 pictures from Ymay. Good Friday in San Luis, pictures from Mike Berja. Good Friday in Ditumabo pictures by Jaymar Baldonade. Prusisyon in Baler, pictures by Ymay. From US fugitive nabbed  in Aurora. From US fugitive arrested in Aurora Province. From “In Casiguran, Aurora, three people had themselves tied to crosses to dramatize their protests against the operation of the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority.Visita Iglesia pictures by Larry Marco. Way of the Cross, the street Senakulo staged in Baler, pictures by Larry Marco. From New species of monitor lizard found in Aurora. From “Private First Class Bimbo Ulsa of Baler Aurora was killed in action while he and his team were responding to reports of residents regarding armed individuals who were accompanying people doing house to house political campaign in the village.” From, an old article: Dinalungan, Aurora world’s northernmost record of occurence of the Dugong or sea cow species. From RP,  Japan sigh grant agreement to improve Aurora Memorial Hospital. Local radio station DZJO Spirit FM started streaming online with the help of Batangbaler. ASCOT 2010 Graduation pictures Part 1 and Part 2. The Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance USA. From DA eyes Aurora, Mindoro and Bohol as the country’s top coffee producers. from journal online: In Baler, Aurora: Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo. Kidlat presentation about Impact of Blogging to the Community at iBlog6 in U.P. Diliman. from Govt eyes Korean help to put up seaweed farm. From Aurora ecozone gets P2-B investment. From “Baler? I hardly knew her“. From Aurora ecozone acquires P220-m solar power plant (link is dead). Baler from lakwatsero travel blog. Baler from Sands of Siren blog. The Baler Adventure from whapakk blog. Jeho and Johan Bitancor’s paintings at the Everyday Filipino Heroes Exhibit. A video of Gov. Bella Angara-Castillo at the PHil-AM expo. Congratulations to our kababayan Ronald de Asis and to his partner Mark Locsin for winning the BEST DIGITAL MOVIE SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR at last night’s PMPC Star Awards for Movies for the movie DINIG SANA KITA. Another ka-Baler Metz Espinosa was also nominated for the DIGITAL MOVIE PRODUCTION award for the movie P…UNTOD. De po Karit! Ate Donna’s Tribute to the Balerianos. From Aurora gov denies coddling NPA rebs.

May 2010. From Businessworld Online: Aurora Special Economic Zone Act lapses into law. ASEZA becomes APECO. From Aurora eyed as RP’s next water supply zone. National Library’s Book Distribution Program at Baler Central School. NL distributed books to different elemetary and high schools in Aurora Province as part of the Baler 400 celebration. Pictures by Maricel Manalo-Diaz. Batangbaler starts coverage of Aurora election. From Angara launches Basmati rice, coconut seedling project in Aurora. Baler mountain bike trail video from Tourism Aurora. Ayos-A Sports and Art workshops held at Baler Central School. From Government builds Php 5-B infra projects in Aurora for five years. From Hydro-power facility inaugurated in Aurora. DZJO-FM Interview with Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo. Part 1 and Part 2. DZJO-FM Interview with candidate for Governor, SP Member Mariano Tangson. Part 2 of the Tangson interview. From Seaweed-based biofuel farm to rise in Aurora. Pictures of PCOS machine testing in Aurora by Larry Marco. List of Aurora Election candidates. From Suspected NPA men fire at Aurora polling precint. Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo wins third term as Aurora Governor. Vice Governor Jerry Noveras wins second term. All incumbent municipal mayors retain their position. Maria Aurora election pictures from Noel Dulay. Aurora Province proclamation of winners, photos from Aurora Province FB. First Water and Sanitation Conference held in Baler. From Baler confab discusses methods to avoid water crisis. From BFAR distributes fishes seized from Taiwan vessels. From An eco-friendly alternative to charcoal. From Baler, a place rich in surfing and history. Fron centralluzondaily: NPA bandit killed in Aurora encounter. from Rommeo “Okoy” Rojo, This Batang Baler keeps on surfing. From Election fraud bared in Aurora town and Infanta clergy nixes growth projects that would displace villagers. From Truckloads of hot logs intercepted in Aurora. Aurora Lalawigan Kong Sinta by Noel Nabor. From Program embraces women of Aurora. From Aurora Province eyes ‘haven of fancy rice’ tag. From Illegal logging still rampant in Aurora. Beyond Comfort Zones: Jeho Bitancor holds solo exhibition at Singapore’s Utterly Art. San Luis Flores de Mayo pictures by Mike Berja. Baler Sagala 2010 photos by Ymay. Flores de Mayo Golden Edition pictures by Donna.

June 2010. From Aurora pushes bid to become water, investment hub in RP. Amang Bayan art exhibit at SM City Sta. Mesa includes work of Vincent Gonzales. Pictures of Ditumabo Fiesta by D2mabo Digital. From Aurora: The Coconut Industry. “I think I’m still dreaming when I reached Manila in just seven hours.” – Mayor Bitong of Casiguran. Akaw Adventure, Donna Friginal’s Ak-kaw overload article. Pictures: Mt. Anacua Climb in Dinalungan by Ariel Espinosa, Northern Aurora’s Mangrove Forest by Noel Dulay. Pictures from Padyak para sa Kalikasan by Noel Dulay. Dicadi Explo video from Tourism Aurora. From Priest survives attack by alleged anti-communists. From Aurora ecozone exec scores attack on priest. From Ecozone, attack on priest link tagged premature.

July 2010. From Aurora Ecozone officials deny attack on priest. The 2010 Fil- Spanish Friendship Day was celebrated two days late. Spanish visitors arrive for the celebration. Soft launching of Radyo and TV Baler. The old Lopez house along Quezon road was demolished to give way to a Mercury Drug branch. From Aurora opens radio and TV station – and then closes it again after launching. Philippine-Spanish Friendship day July 1 pictures. And the July 2 pictures. July 2 – Joint Oathtaking of Locally Elected Officials. Phil-Spanish Friendship Day – Pictures by ASCOT President Seb Angara. Art Exhibit of the Dimalangat Arts Community and Ayos-A by Vincent Gonzales. Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) ranks No. 106 in the Top 200 Higher Education Institutions in the Philippines. From Oh Baler, Where Art Thou? and Sabang Beach, Baler: Be Here Now. From Review of Aurora Ecozone plan urged. Typhoon Basyang missed Aurora. Regarding Apeco: Pahayag ng Kaparian ng Prelatura ng Infanta. From Basyang hits Aurora Province – Dingalan. Dengue scare in Dipaculao and Maria Aurora. Kamera Aurora. John Arcilla wins the Best Actor award at Cinemalaya for the film Halaw. Typhoon Caloy causes flash floods in some areas of Baler. From Area in Dingalan, Aurora isolated due to damaged bridge. From Floods displace 155 families in 5 Aurora villages. From Casiguran, A Mighty Design by Nature. Batangbaler goes to Casiguran. From 3 missing fishers rescued off Baler, Aurora. Maria Aurora 2010 Fiesta: Mutya ng Maria Aurora pictures, Rang-Ay Festival Pictures, Foundation Day pictures by Noel Dulay. From Aurora Farmers Ask Aquino to Stop Ecozone Project, Pull Out Military. The National Committee on Marine Science (NCMS) of UNESCO Philippines headed by Secretary-General Preciosa S. Soliven conducted its Annual Outreach Marine Programme in Baler, Aurora. July 29, Aurora Bank opens in Baler.From Wood firms to supply Aurora needs. From Aurora sees balanced ecology.

August 2010. A long discussion on the Cityhood of Baler. From Jason de Asis: Religious groups provided school supplies to elementary school pupils in Central Aurora. From Illegal logging blamed for Dingalan, Aurora flash flood. From 1 killed, 3 hurt in Aurora truck collision. MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE-BALER, AURORA was awarded as 6th Placer (Small Category) in the 2009 Search for the MOST OUTSTANDING CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE OF THE PHILIPPINES held on August 3-5, 2010 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. It is the 6th consecutive top ten (10) national award and 7th time award for 8 years of MCRO Baler, Aurora. Surftown Aurora, from Smile, the in-flight magazine of Cebu Pacific. From FBI cites PNP Aurora for arrest of US fugutive. Baler Fiesta 2010. Bb. Baler candidates. From Gravity Always Wins: The Aurora Experience – Casiguran. Baler Fiesta Skateboarding Competition pictures from D2mabo Digital. From Korean bank to bankroll Aurora road project. More pictures of Bb. Baler candidates. Baler Fiesta: Street Dance parade. Street Dancing Competition pictures from D2mabo Digital. Baler Fiesta Bikathon pictures from D2mabo Digital. Bb. Baler 2010 is Melissa S. Espinosa of Brgy. 3. Bb. Baler 2010 pictures by D2mabo Digital – Part 1 and Part 2. Results of 7th Lukso Happy Skateboarding Competition. Bb. Baler pictures by Donna Friginal. Baler Fiesta Drum and Lyre Competition photos from D2mabo Digital – Part 1 and Part 2. Komedya de Baler Contest, photos by Donna Friginal. Baler Fiesta grand parade postponed on account of heavy rains. From Love the smell of surf in the morning. Dingalan pictures from From Militants, church groups set probe on Aurora SEZ. From Church groups to probe Aurora freeport. From Aurora farmers plant seeds of hope. A week-long brownout in Aurora after the Baler fiesta. Bb. San Luis 2010 Candidates. Bb. San Luis pictures by Batangbaler. San Luis Fiest Street Decoration pictures. San Luis Sabutan Festival Motorcade pictures by D2mabo Digital. From Aurora Pacific Ecozone official welcomes church group’s mission. Bb. San Luis 2010 Pictures. From Group dares DENR chief to speak up on Aurora ecozone row. Bb. San Luis pictures by D2mabo Digital. Digisit 2010 photos. ASCOT Intrams opening day pictures. From Briquettes to replace charcoal making. From Aurora mayor backs ecozone. From Church-led mission linked attempt on priest life to Aurora project. Baler Fiesta Takbo Para sa Kalikasan pictures by MENRO Baler.

September 2010. Karen Angara Ularan was elected President of the Provincial Councilors League. From Dumagats won’t be evicted in ecozone expansion; and Baler – A Pioneer of progress in the Eastern seaboard of the Philippines. According to 80% of Casiguran residents in favor of APECO. from Group seeks repeal of Aurora ecozone law. from 2 Aurora judges in tug-of-war over case of arrested foreign poachers.  From Road travel to Casiguran, Aurora gets 2 hour faster. Genesis starts night trips to Baler and Casiguran. From Aurora e-village project adopts Philrice Text Center. From Manila Bulletin online: Chasing Casiguran. From Gov. Castillo tells PAGASA to stop portraying Aurora as typhoon area. From About Apeco, Tribesmen to be hired as tour guides, forest guards to protect environment. The DPWH District Engineer answers the question of most Balerians – why are they removing concreted roads and re-concreting/reblocking them while they’re not really visibly damaged. From Dam official fears dam-break. “According to Tuquero, if the dam crest gives in resulting to massive flash floods could ensue and cause deaths particularly in low-lying areas in Aurora.” From Angara pushes Baler as economic, cultural, educational, tourist hub. From Angara, HSAI Raintree partner to boost tourism in Aurora. ASCOT President releases his term report online. From Army: “No way” would troops pull out of once-hotbed of rebels. was hacked/deface.

October 2010. From journal online, October 3: Aurora’s ecozone oppositors eye TRO. No celebration of the 113th Anniversary of the Siege of the Balerians on October 4. Senior Supt. Rosvi Manulid, the new Provincial Director (PD) of Aurora Provincial Police Office. During the 11th National Conference of the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Aurora Tourism Officer Michael Palispis was awarded as the Most Outstanding TO of the Philippines. From Aurora Province offer major hiking opportunities in the Sierra Madre; and Climbing Mt. Udok, a refreshing dayhike in Aurora. Batangbaler launched From The Kayumanggi Trails: The Virgins of Baler. from Jason De Asis: Communal irrigation system’s rehabilitation and turn-over in Abuleg completed. Larry Marco’s pictures of the New Baler Municipal Plaza (FB). The Apeco Investors’ video premiered on youtube. List of Barangay Official candidates for the October election posted by  Donna Friginal (FB).

November 2010. from Informal settlers’ kaingin threatens forest cover of Aurora peninsula. From Kagawad bet in Aurora found dead. From 18 voters, 2 candidates and no winner in San Jose, San Luis, Aurora SK election. Meanwhile, “Baler sa Puso Ko” musicale bags twin plum in Aliw Awards. Floods in Nothern Aurora, pictures from Dilasag Aurora (FB). From 3 towns in Aurora isolated due to floods. From Bridge destroyed by non-stop rains in Dingalan. From 12 Aurora villages flooded. The new Baler fountain, photo by Ariel Roxas Teh. Dilasag Aurora FB photos of the aftermath of the flooding in Northern Aurora. from the senate: Sen Angara says Apeco issues must be urgently addressed. From Sen. Sergio Osmena III and several residents of Aurora opposed the creation of an economic and freeport zone in the northernmost part of the province. From Osmeña vows to block Aurora Economic Zone Budget. From Freeport relocation labeled a scam. From Protest over Aurora zone. From the Nomadic Experience blog: Baler, Aurora, Philippines and The Apocalypse Now Surfing Scene. From Serge O says Edong is CEO of Aurora ecozone. And Apeco made it to the Inquirer editorial: A White Elephant? From the senate: Angara says APECO deserves positive development in the recent finance committee hearing. From 10-hectare mangrove forest flattened for Apeco site. From Apeco’s a victim of P10 Million shakedown. From Philippine parliament urged to probe lawmaker over free port scam. From Angara backs Aurora ecozone as growth driver. From LGU conducted relief operation in Casiguran, Aurora. From Transcript of Sen. Osmeña press conference after the Apeco budget hearing. From House body to probe alleged rights violations in Aurora Special Economic Zone. Meanwhile, in his Inquirer column, Ramn Tulfo says “The Senate should not waver in investigating Senator Edgardo Angara for alleged conflict of interest in the issue of the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport in his hometown province.” And the road to the 2013 Elections is now open, from Jason de Asis: 6-time Baler Mayor looms as Angara clan’s bet for Governor in 2013. Pictures from the North Philippines Tourism Expo where Aurora is a participant by Noel Dulay (FB). From Jason De Asis: Aurora broadcaster’s house bombed. The Aurora Reach Out and Read Project Children’s Book launched with two board books, Mga Halaman at mga Hayop ng Aurora and Mga Retrato at mga Produkto ng Aurora. From regarding the RH Bill controversy, Aurora Governor says “Don’t argue with church, lobby for LGU ordinances”. In a letter to the Inquirer, Sen Angara says “There is no conflict of interest in Apeco“. From Angara’s interest in Apeco defended. In the November 26 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, this paid advertisement was published: Walang Daang Matuwid sa Apeco.

December 2010. From APECO Trains Women for Unconventional Enterprise. From On the alleged conflict of interest on his sitting on the Board of Apeco, Cong. Sonny Angara explains that Apeco board member is by operation of law. says Try Scuba Diving in Aurora. From Apeco FB Page: Angara Bares Major Economic Benefits of Aurora Ecozone. Meanwhile, Manila Times columnist MArlen Ronquillo has this to say about the APECO controversy: The frailes of Aurora: Crying ‘Fire’ in Noah’s Flood. From Priest warns against economic zone funding. From Confab underscores role of surfing as tourism boost. From the blog Randomness in Bliss: The Baler Essentials: Trip, Resort, Food Finds and Surfing and Baler Part Deux: Triking Around Baler.from Balitang Amerika: Aurora Province Governor Says Central Luzon a Good Investment. From PENRO denies benefitting from Apeco land deal. From Business Mirror: Much Ado About Aurora. Meanwhile San Luis Mayor Annabelle C. Tangson was elected as the National President of the Lady Municipal Mayors League of the Philippines. Agaon from the Manila Times’ columnist Marlen Ronquillo: In the remote Sierra Madres, a great story of transitioning. from Aurora e-Village Project Gears Up For Phase II. posted new old photos of Baler and a collection of videos of Aurora. from Aurora province: What our islands used to be. Pescaydo Aurora launched the International Year of Youth and International Year of Volunteers. Aurora Province FB posted a list of Elected Municipal ABC And SK Federation Presidents. From Angara calls for inventory of religious items in Baler church. Cong. Sonny Angara is one of this year’s TOYM Awardees. The Aurora Provincial Athletic Association held the Provincial Meet for the second time this year. from In Aurora, health, reading programs help kids see bright future. DZJO-FM streams all the Simbang Gabi masses thru the internet via it’s website Pictures of Baler’s Simbang Gabi from our favorite Akawparazzi Ate Donna Friginal. A rare photo a young Tim Cone in Baler. San Luis Mayor Annabelle Tangson’s interview at The Morning Show. Maria Aurora is the overall winner of this year’s Division Meet, for th 9th year in a row. From Aurora project pushed despite opposition. The Rolling Store. From Sonny Angara on fatherhood, romance and everything in between. And finally, our kababayan Ronald De Asis won the Best Sound Recoring award at this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival for the movie RPG Metanoia.

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