I’ve been monitoring Google Earth for sometime waiting for high resolution photos of Baler and other towns in Aurora. Last year they updated the low-res images of Baler to slightly better but still low def satellite photos taken in 2010. This month, the images of Baler and some parts of San Luis and Dipaculao were again updated with the same crappy and now black and white photos. But, while Google Earth provides no joy for Aurora’s capital town, some places, especially up north are getting nice snapshots. Here are some screencaps I made for your viewing pleasures. Click on the images to biggify and see if you can spot your roof in the pictures.
Low-res 2010 picture of Baler, Aurora. Some big structures could be identified. From this picture, you can tell that Baler’s town plan is a mess.
A slightly better but black and white picture of Baler.
Just giving you peeps a heads up on some photo sets you might have missed while this blog was stuck in the Facebook universe. Here’s a photoset of a typical Palengke Day in Baler, Aurora. Baler market day happens every Saturday and its the best day to go to the market. It’s when the palengke goes overdrive and sellers from everywhere are allowed to set up shop at the parking area beside the market. The photos in the FB album were taken last January 2013.
Alay Lakad 2013 with the theme “Lakad Bayan Para sa Kapayapaan” will be held on September 27, Friday. It will start at the roadside at the foot of Ermita Hill and will end at Baler Fish Port. Meetup time is 5:30 am. Proceeds of the event will be used for the out-of-school youth program of Aurora Province.
Pamumukut is the local term for baby purse-seining, where a purse-like net called “pukut” is layed out offshore and pulled on both ends like a drawstring from the shore by persons called “mamumukot“. Pulling the net is a choreographed movement, similar to doing the cha-cha. Back in the days, anyone who wanted to get free fish can help in pulling the “pukut” and he will be given a share of the catch. However, this type of fishing was outlawed years ago because of its negative effects on fish stocks. In Baler, there are months when it’s allowed in certain areas and this month, September, is pukut season.
It’s been years since I last saw a live pukut event. Luckily I managed to witness one on Labasin Beach last Sunday, September 14. Check out the pictures:
After about two hours of pulling the net, the day’s catch is about five kilos of small fishes and another five kilos of trash. That’s how it goes, says one of the mamumukot, sometimes you catch many fishes, sometimes you catch nothing.
On September 7, the radio program of Aurora Governor Gerry A. Noveras went on-air at DZJO Spirit FM. The airtime was 5:00 am, when most of us were still sleeping. The program featured information and updates on the different projects of our Governor and the Provincial Government. The show was live-streamed via the station’s ustream channel. Unfortunately, it was never recorded for future listening. The second episode however, was recorded. You can listen to the September 14 program here:
Don’t miss the program tomorrow starting at 5:00 am. If you’re in the Central Aurora area you can tune in to DZJO-FM 101.7Mhz. If you’re out of town or out f the country, you can listen to it via internet at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dzjo-baler-radio
Last Friday the 13th I was invited to judge in one of the contests of the DEPED Division Integrated Competition in Math, Science, MAPEH, TLE and PPE. Don’t ask me about those initials, I don’t know what they stand for. So as a value added service, they get free coverage. And this one really needs coverage. Being an event with a captured audience, the DEPED people doesn’t really need to promote it. But judging from what I saw, this could be turned into a festival of sorts. More people should know about this. It’s more fun!
The Division Integrated Competition is a one day event where students in elementary and high school from Aurora Province compete in contests ranging from the usual quiz bee and singing and dancing to other unexpected ones like nail art, tarpaulin making and movie trailer production. This year, all the contest were held simultaneously in three different venues in Baler and the audiences were mostly the participants themselves, their parents, and the teachers. Check out some pictures:
Back in the 70s and 80s, Dicaloyungan River was one of the best picnic places in Baler. It’s near the town and there was a big natural swimming pool just by the road. Here’s two pictures of the old place taken from the 1978 MLQ Centenial Yearbook:
The original caption from the yearbook reads:
In the midst of the Sierra Madre Mountains surrounded by wide coconut plantations and lusty vegetation is the popular Dicaloyungan Week-end Resort – famous for picnics, outings, dancing and other recreational activities. Constructed and being maintained by the Aurora Engineering District, DPH.
Hey, i’m not an internet celebrity so every time a picture I posted on FB gets 10 likes I get excited. When it reaches 100 likes I declare a viral hit. So here are the Top 10 most Liked pictures on the Batangbaler Facebook Page – so far.
No. 10. Baler bay looking west from Digisit. 320 Likes.
No. 9. The street dancers from Bayanihan National High School during the Aurora Day 2013 street dancing competition. 323 Likes.