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7th Aurora Surfing Challenge Starts Today

7th Aurora Surfing Challenge

One of the biggest and oldest surfing competitions in the Philippines kicks off today at Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora as part of the Aurora Day 2013 Celebrations. The competition will last until February 10. The eliminations will be at Sabang while the finals will happen at Cemento. Don’t miss.

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Aurora Day 2012

The Aurora Day 2012 Celebrations will be held from February 9 to 19. This is in celebration of the province’s 33rd Foundation Anniversary and the 124th Birth Anniversary of our lola Aurora A. Quezon. This year’s theme is “Best of Aurora’s Culture: Our Pride, Our Legacy”. Batangbaler will cover most of the events and updates will be posted on our Facebook Page. You can also  go to the Aurora Province FB and PESCAYDO Aurora FB Pages for updates.

Here’s the schedule of events for the 2012 Aurora Day Celebration courtesy of PESCAYDO, the office in charge of this year’s celebration.

February 9-12, 2012
Aurora Surfing Challenge
Sabang Beach and Cemento Reef, Baler, Aurora

February 12, 2012
Takbo para kay Doña Aurora (starts at 4:00 pm at Sentro Baler/Sports Complex)
Awarding- Aurora Surfing Challenge (Sabang Beach, Baler)

February 13, 2012
Grand Opening/Motorcade of Aurora Day Celebration (starts at 7:00 am Baler Municipal Plaza)
Opening of Tourism and Trade Fair (Capitol Grounds)
February 13 “Kinagunasan” (welcome arc); an installation art , along Quezon highway, in front of Capitol Bldg, Baler Aurora.

February 13-19
Art Exhibit , SP Session Hall, Capitol Bldg, Baler, Aurora.

February 14, 2012
Valentine Show

February 15, 2012
Drum & Lyre Competition ( Quezon Hiway and Capitol Grounds)
Tuklas Talino (Sentro Baler)

February 16, 2012
Street Dancing Competition (Quezon Hiway and Capitol Grounds)

February 17, 2012
Search for Binibining Aurora 2012 (Sentro Baler)

February 18, 2012
Gallery of the Seas Sail and Surfboard Painting Competition (Cafe Rosa, Sabang, Baler, Aurora)
2nd SEDJA Kayak Race (Sitio Tibag, Sabang, Baler, Aurora)
People’s Party (Sentro Baler Grounds)

February 19, 2012
Dayana para kay Doña Aurora
Liturgical Celebration (Baler Central School)
Parade (from Baler Central School)
Anniversary Program (Capitol Grounds)
Launch of the Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon Book
Inauguration of the new Aurora Memorial Hospital (Brgy. Reserva)
3rd Aurora Bike Challenge
Governor’s Ball (Capitol Grounds)

February 20, 2012
Inauguration of the Artist Village (Dicasalarin Cove)

Also, don’t miss these unofficial but notable events:

February 11, 2012
8th Aurora Skateboarding Competition
Baler Central School Covered Court
5:00 PM onwards

February 17, 2012
Harana Para kay Doña Aurora
Featuring local bands of Aurora
Bahia Bar and Grill 7:30 PM

10 Events You Should Not Miss on Aurora Day – #10

Parada ng Lalawigan/Anniversary Program
February 19, 2011
Parade: Baler Central School to Capitol Grounds
Program: Capitol Grounds

Aurora Day 2011 Parade
Aurora Day 2011 Parade

There are many parades during the entire Aurora Day Celebration but if you could only watch one, this should be it. It “summarizes” all the parades that happened during the whole Aurora Day. The winners of the Drum and Lyre and the Street Dancing competitions will be there as well as the floats of all the municipalities of the Province with their respective Bb. Aurora candidates on top. For years I’ve been noticing that the best float is always the one by Dinalungan and sadly Baler’s float is always the worst looking. I hope they will make it better this year. The guest of honor and officials of the Province will head the parade. Employees and selected students of different national and local government agencies and schools will also join the parade. When they pass by, it’s the best time to rest and eat fishballs and scramble because they’re merely there for the attendance.

The first part of the Anniversary Program is the most important. It’s when they honor the mother of the Province, Mrs. Aurora A. Quezon with a wreath-laying ceremony at her statue in front of the capitol. Then the program will begin, rarely mentioning Mrs. Quezon. Expect lots of people on stage praising each other.

Click here to view pictures of the Aurora Day 2011 PArada ng Lalawigan (Part 1)
Click here to view pictures of the Aurora Day 2011 Parada ng Lalawigan (Part 2)

Click here to view pictures of the Aurora Day 2011 Anniversary Program

10 Events You Should Not Miss on Aurora Day – #8

Kinagunasan Festival/Street Dancing Competition
February 18, 2011
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Aurora Day 2011 Street Dancing
Aurora Day 2011 Street Dancing Competition

276 years ago, on December 27, 1735, the small town of Baler was devastated by a tidal wave that almost wiped-out the entire village. It was said that only a few families survived the catastrophe. The incident we now call Tromba Marina prompted our ancestors to relocate the town to it’s present location. They called the old village Kinagunasan. That piece of history serves as the backdrop of this year’s reboot of the street dance competition titled Kinagunasan: A festival of Hope, A Celebration of Life. I like to see how the the other towns would interpret this piece of history into dance since the Tromba Marina happened only in Baler and the other towns were spared by the devastation.

For a great account of the Tromba Marina, read this article by Olag Selaznog.

10 Events You Should Not Miss on Aurora Day – #7

Binibining Aurora 2011
February 17, 2011
Sentro Baler

Aurora Day 2011 - Binibining Aurora
Aurora Day 2011 - Binibining Aurora

According to reliable source called Facebook, this year’s Bb. Aurora is the 21st pageant since it started in 1987. There were four Aurora Foundation Day events when the search was never held 1991, 1997,1998 and 1999. The municipality with the most numbers of Bb. Aurora title holders was Dingalan with 6 followed by Baler with 5. Dilasag and Dipaculao don’t have a title holder yet. The longest winning streak – San Luis where the last three Bb. Aurora winners came from. Will the winning streak continue? Or will it end this year? Find out on February 17 as the biggest Bb. Aurora and the most expensive Aurora Day event happens at Sentro Baler. Balerian Mets Espinosa will direct the pageant.

Click here to view the Bb. Aurora 2011 Coronation Night pictures

10 Events You Should Not Miss on Aurora Day – #6

Karera ng Kalabaw
February 16, 2011
Baler Central School Compound

Aurora Day 2011 - Karera ng Kalabaw
Aurora Day 2011 - Karera ng Kalabaw (photo by Donna Friginal)

I think this is only the third time that this event will be held as part of Aurora Day Celebration. I’ve never seen this one before but looking at the pictures from last year’s event it looks like this is not just a carabao race but also a carabao beauty contest as all the animals looked like they went to a beauty parlor first before going to the contest. Not an original concept since this kind of race is also being done in other parts of the country but it’s new in town so let’s not miss this one this time.

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