Archive for the ‘Blogs’ Category

Barangay Batangbaler Upgrade

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Barangay Batangbaler, the blog i created for anyone to post pictures and messages is usable again. The recent upgrade of blogspot made logging-in difficult. I made some tweaks and upgraded and it’s back again. Just follow these steps to post something:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on New User and log-in using this account - username: [email protected] , password: pelisyokin2007
  3. Click on the New Post below the Barangay Batangbaler blog. You don’t need to create a new blog.
  4. Create your post. If you want to post a picture, you can upload it using blogger, just look for the add picture icon on the menu above the box where you will be posting. It’s between the spelling check (ABC+check) and the eraser icon.
  5. Click Publish.
  6. That’s it

Reminder: when you post, the name that will appear will be only kabarangay, so don’t forget to add details on your captions and messages. Enjoy posting!

Losing Yourself in Aurora

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Here’s something from the Tourism and Environment blog by Chen Mencias. I met Chen years ago. She interviewed me for this book she’s writing about Aurora. I thought that would be my “15 Minute of Fame”. I could not imagine being in a book for doing a website with 20 or so daily visitors. Anyway, I believe there was a change of plan and the book is still under construction.

Aurora is a land of sweeping beauty, a natural paradise tucked between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the rugged Sierra Madre mountain range. Quite fittingly, its name means “dawn”. Indeed, the province is on the verge of embracing changes that will affect the lives of its residents for many years to come. Former Congresswoman and currently Aurora governor, Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, now steers its development path. She sees the potential of alleviating the poverty of her kababayan (constituents) through sustainable tourism, a decision so timely with the imposition of a total log ban. Governor Castillo believes that a well planned and controlled tourism industry can improve the lives of the poor communities while addressing conservation objectives. The feisty governor believes that a non-extractive industry is a feasible alternative to logging and other destructive activities.

By the way, there’s no total log ban in Aurora. The legal logging companies are thriving here.

Chen’s blog is here.

Pictures of Typhoon Queenie Aftermath

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Agta Ako, the Casiguran blog points to a flickr photo set of the aftermath of Typhoon Queenie on this typhoon prone town of Aurora. The picture above is one of the more than 60 photos in the gallery. Queenie directly hit Casiguran on November 12.

Philippine places with common names

Friday, November 17th, 2006

At the Oh My Pilipinas Kong Mahal blog, there’s a series of posts about places in the Philippines that has the same names. Accorfint to the blog, there are “more than 120 names in this country that are used by two or more towns or cities.”

About Aurora:

Now let’s go to Aurora. Yes, the name is of that venerable first “first lady” of this country and wife of then president Manuel L. Quezon. The most prominent “Aurora” is the province (her very own) – which naturally, rightfully and fortunately was named after her. She was from Baler which is one of the 8 towns of the province. This is one of the country’s surfing capitals second only to Siargao. Well, in the province of Aurora, there is a town named Maria Aurora. You’d think the people from that province can’t get enough of immortalizing her! But no, the town is not named after her. That name is after her eldest daughter Maria Aurora who died with her when they were ambushed in Nueva Ecija on their way to inaugurate the Quezon Memorial Hospital in Baler. Who were the culprits? Ironically, it was the HUKBALAHAP (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon). Gosh!


Motorcycle Philippines - A Baler Ride Experience

Monday, November 13th, 2006

Motorcycle Philippines

Over at the Motorcycle Philippines blog, there’s an account of a Nov. 2 road trip to Baler. 6 guys on motorcycles tested our (in)famous rough roads and found them exciting. They also found a reason to return to Baler. Read about it here.

Update: Here’s a link to a Google video about the trip.

I Swallowed A Bug

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

Check out my brand new blog I Swallowed A Bug. It’s mostly about internet and tech stuff with the occassional weird and unusual links not related to Baler or Aurora.

The title came from a line on the movie Serendipity. It’s also spoken by Marlon Brando during the shooting of Apocalypse Now. The line never made it to the movie but it was included in the making-of documentary Hearts of Darkness.

New Blogs

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

New Blogs from Baler:

Katutubo ng Aurora - freerisedweller blogging about the indigenous peoples (IP’s) of Aurora.

Nasaan Na Aku - a 2nd year high school student from Aurora National Science High School blogs about how great his class is.


Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Ms. Jojie Alegre-Aguila was one of the first Balerians who discovered this website in its early incarnation. She’s related to the Amazona and Rivera families of Baler. From her post at Barangay Batangbaler: “I was born in Baler but didn’t exactly grow up there. My parents moved from north to south of the Philippines due to my father’s job in the government. Born not bred but a true-blue Batang Baler just the same…”

She maintains a blog called Xypotecka which is about “stories of my adventures, exploits and observations about life, travel and people.” One post, a tribute to his father who recently passed away titled “What I Learned From My Father” , is a must read.

Punta na!


Saturday, June 17th, 2006

It’s been months since i’ve done this. The latest discoveries:

An inside look at the lives of the Tan Alim Family of Baler
Torn and Frayed: Manila to Baler - and the road goes on forever! (you bet!)
Torn and Frayed: Baler - good Moon Rising
Multiply website of Misu (not the sinigang mix) and her blogger site
Memories of Baler - i’m not sure if i linked this one before
Di ko kilala to
Here’s a very colorful account of a surfing trip to Baler
Here’s some quotes from Synchron in the City about Baler and the Beach at the end of the world:

Baler is back country, where everyone stares at strangers and the lights go out so early that the stars burn perfectly clear in the night sky. And you’ll see children sitting on the curb talking to each other like they mean it, and then you’ll realize that you haven’t seen that in next to forever. Not even on television.

I knew then that when the roads are done and the resorts are built, we’ll have one more toilet by the sea, like Boracay and Puerto Galera. I don’t doubt it.


Psychedelic Thoughts

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Check out the artblog of Balerian in Omaha, Nebraska - Joseph Querijero. This is the online repository of his artworks.

Finally, Reinforcement

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

I always insist that Batangbaler is generally a blog for Baler and the Balerians. Posts about the other Aurora towns are just collaterals. But finally theres a blog for the rest of us and hopefully a permanent BB reinforcement. Presenting the AURORANS blog. This month-old blog was created and being maintained by Joel Tecuico. He works at the Provincial Capitol so hopefully he can update us on what’s-happenin’ there at ground zero. Tara na!

Pepe’s Myth

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Pepe’s Myth is a TV documentary produced by Howie Severino for i-witness, GMA 7’s weekly documentary program. It was aired last April 24 at midnight. I tried to wait for the show but I fell asleep halfway through Jewel in the Palace (he he). Too bad, the good shows here in the Philippines are shown at midnight. Primetime is reserved for trash.

Anyway, thanks to some internet user who captured the show and uploaded it on YouTube. The docu is fantastic especially the old footages. See it here.

Tip on watching youtube videos without the pause and jerks: Press the play button then press the Pause button. Wait for the video to load completely (the progress bar below the video will fill-up completely), then press PLAY again.

Link to Howie Severino’s blog post about the documentary.

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