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Aurora Governor Urged LGUs to Enact Reproductive Health Measures

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

from LGUs urged to enact reproductive health measures

Aurora Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, a former congresswoman, on Wednesday called on local officials that it’s their constituents who are suffering while Congress sits on the reproductive health (RH) bill.

Aurora province, where Castillo is governor, was the first province that successfully passed a reproductive health program. The ordinance is the same as HB 5043 because it makes available artificial contraceptives, conducts training and seminars to local health workers, and does an RH education campaign among the youth.

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Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Schedule

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

The Mutya ng Pilipinas Coronation night will be held on August 9 at Baler, Aurora. Here’s the complete schedule from the official website:

Screening Schedule

Manila Screening:

Sky Garden SM North Edsa 1pm -5pm

June 27-28

July 4, 5 & 18

Regional Screening

Cebu July 10

Davao July 11

Tarlac July 17

Final Screening

July 19

July 1 Designer’s Meeting

July 19 Announcement of final cast of designers

July 20 Measurements, Designer’s Conforme

July 26 Final Fitting and Checking of Terno

July 27 Pick up of gowns / Delivery of Terno

July 29: Press Presentation, Terno Competition

and Photo Shoot for terno

Press Presentation

July 29, SKY DOME, SM City North EDSA

Coronation Night

August 9, Baler, Aurora

And here’s some additional sked from Ronald “Otonski” Leander of GMA News (spotted on the guestbook)

Candidates, operations and production team, chaperons, secretariat, MPI officials and guests will travel to Baler for pageant on July 30, 2009.

Fun shoot will be held on August 3,5 and 6 while Swimsuit competition is on Aug. 4 and dress rehearsal on 7.

Judges will arrive on Saturday Aug 8 for Pre-judging and last rehearsal.

MUTYA NG PILIPINAS Coronation night will be on the next day August 9, 2009 and the delayed telecast will be on August 16 over still unknown network.

Aurora farmers urge distribution of military land

Friday, July 10th, 2009

from Business Mirror Online by Jonathan L. Mayuga

FARMERS in Dingalan, Aurora, on Wednesday asked the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to distribute immediately more than 4,000 hectares of land within the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR) to boost the government’s effort to fight hunger and poverty in the country.

The farmers from the four barangays of Matawe, Ibona, Cargsacan and Butas na Bato expressed fear that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will eventually kick them out of the military reservation.

The farmers have been cultivating land inside the military reservation for more than four decades. They won a battle for the right to cultivate after 4,752 hectares of land were awarded to 805 farmer-beneficiaries in 1993.

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Fil-Spanish Friendship Day 2009 Pictures

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

I plan on writing a literary thinkpiece regarding the events of this year’s Fil-Spanish Friendship Day Celebrations. For inspiration, i’m waiting for all the planets of the solar system to align with the Crab Nebulae. In the meantime, just look at the pictures.

Cultural Night – June 29
The Main Event – June 30
Pictures from Mr. Fidel Sarmiento of the Art Association of the Philippines

Fil-Spanish Friendship Day 2009

Aurora province pilots ‘e-Village’ project

Friday, July 3rd, 2009


Around 1,200 rice farmers in Aurora province are learning new organic farming production technologies through the “e-Village” project, which links various local research institutions via the Internet.

The project was launched by the Department of Agriculture Training Institute (DA-ATI), the Philippine Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

Expected to be completed by the end of 2010, the project links research and training institutions allowing farmers undertaking training from the project to further expand their agricultural knowledge.

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Update: E-village project launched in Baler. from Philippine Star by Manny Galvez

Angara Acknowledges the Contribution of the Sons of Baler in the Two Countries’ Amity

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009


As the country celebrates Phil-Spanish Friendship Day, Senator Edgardo J. Angara today recognized and lauded the continued support of the three adopted sons of Baler in fostering good country interrelationship between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain.

“The continuous respect and support for historical connection of these adopted sons of Baler shows the incessant friendship between our country and Spain. The mutual friendship and affection between these two countries symbolizes cultural and historical tie between our madre patria and its previous colonizer,” informed Angara who chairs the Philippine-Spanish Parliamentary Friendship Group.


Mutya ng Pilipinas Update

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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
(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:

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009


7th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day Celebration

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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.

Video Projects from NCCA’s Kalahi Media Art Workshop

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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:

Visit the Aurora Booth at Wow Philippines in Intramuros

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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.

A Visit to Aurora by Rina Jimenez-David

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009


Traveling to Aurora from Manila takes less time than it takes to go to Baguio, but the trip can be more taxing. When I mention the roads to Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, she protests: “But notice that the bad sections are mostly those in Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. We have only about a kilometer of unpaved roads inside our boundary!”

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Aurora to Host 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas, Announces Angara

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

So the rumor is true. I think this would be on July. from

Senator Edgardo J. Angara today announced that his hometown province, Aurora, will host the 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas – one of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines. “This momentous event will feature two distinct beauties which bring pride to the Philippines – the Filipina beauty and the beauty of nature and environment as captured by the province of Aurora,” said Angara who is a proud son of Baler Aurora. He added, “Aside from being blessed with abundant tourist attractions – from its natural attractions including picturesque waterfalls, lush greenery on mountainsides, and panoramic beaches, to various activities which includes surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain climbing and trekking – Aurora and its people is proud to showcase its natural hospitality and warm welcome as we host the 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas.”