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Google Earth Images of Aurora Province

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.

Poblacion, Baler, Aurora
Poblacion, Baler, Aurora

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.

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Binibining Aurora 2010 Candidates

The candidates of the Binibining Aurora 2010. The Talent Night will be on February 15 at the Capitol Grounds and the Coronation Night will be on February 17 at the Sentro Baler (Baler Sports Complex).

Leona Paula Santicruz
Leona Paula Santicruz

Candidate No. 1 – Ms. Leona Paula Ranillo Santicruz from San Luis.

Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales
Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales

Candidate No. 2 – Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales from Baler

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May 2010 Election – List of Aurora Candidates

Here’s the list of all local candidates for the May 2010 elections. Thanks to Comelec for the info.

Update: * – indicates incumbent officials

Congressional and Provincial Positions

For Congressman, Lone District of Aurora
1. Angara, Juan Edgardo Manalang (LDP) *
2. Manalo, Teofilo Belen (Independent)

For Provincial Governor
1. Castillo, Bellaflor-Angara (LDP)*
2. Dela Cruz, Ruben Tud (PDP-Laban)
3. Tangson, Mariano Calderon (NP)

For Provincial Vice Governor
1. Noveras, Gerardo Angala (LP)*
2. Tolentino, Danilo Amansec (LDP) (incumbent Board Member)

For Provincial Board Member – First District (Dingalan, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis)
1. Abordo, Oliver Ian Angara (LDP) (incumbent San Luis Councilor)
2. Bautista, Philip Butch Molina (LDP)
3. Dinamling, Aizalea Adangla (PDP-Laban)
4. Gagarin, Jose Lumabao (Independent)
5. Ong, Pedro Jr. Montes (NP)*
6. Padua, Oscar Wenceslao (LDP)*
7. Pimentel, Cesar Bihasa (LDP)
8. Porqueriño, Marietta Galban (NP)

For Provincial Board Member – Second District (Dipaculao, Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag)
1. Alipio, Ruben Jr. Soriano (LDP)
2. Cabauatan, Jose Sr. Blanche (LDP)*
3. Marzan, Honorio Jr. Macanas (NP)
4. Miran, Pablo Galolo (NP)
5.Pascua, Renato Villena (LDP)*
6. Tubera, Tito Castro (LP)
7. Valin, Denia Peña (LDP)*
8. Villar, Dante Cordial (NP)

List of municipal candidates after the jump.
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The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday said three Taiwanese and three Indonesians were arrested for illegally fishing within the Philippine territorial waters off Dilasag, Aurora.

Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesperson, said the poachers were on board the Taiwanese fishing vessel BK 7426 when they were caught poaching some 67 nautical miles off the village of Dinapiqui around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

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News Updates

The latest news about Aurora mined from the internets:

Ecozone boon to Aurora – Angara. From the Philippine Real Estate News:

The creation of the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority here will open doors of opportunity for local residents and lift them from four centuries of grinding poverty.

Sen. Edgardo Angara told residents of barangays Dibacong, Dibet and Esteves that the ecozone project will generate employment and provide opportunities for residents.

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Aurora town mayor, aides nabbed in QC and then Aurora town mayor in gun raps freed. from

Police released late Friday the mayor of a town in Aurora whom they had taken into custody along with his aides and a bodyguard, after high-powered firearms were found in his vehicle in Quezon City.

Superintendent Franklin Moises Mabanag of the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said Victorio Briones, 49, and the others were released on condition they would return with the documents for the firearms.

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Speaking Out: Ermita Hill before & after. from Tempo online:

The scenic Ermita Hill, one of the most historical places in Baler, Aurora Province, bore witness to the launching of the second Credit Surety Fund in the country two weeks back.

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Aurora villagers rally vs ecozone plan

from by Tonette Orejas

Fighting what they called displacement from their homes and farms, more than 1,500 farmers, fishermen and Dumagat natives from five villages in Casiguran, Aurora, held a protest caravan on Monday to stop the establishment of an economic zone there.

Riding the “kuliglig” (farm tractor used in transporting people and produce) and tricycles, the protesters converged at the Casiguran town hall at noon and aired their appeal to local officials to stop the establishment of the Aurora Special Economic Zone Authority (Aseza).

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Related article from the Pamalakaya Times: Aurora’s ecozone plan, a reward to Angaras for licking GMA’s boots, group says.

DENR freezes permits of lumber dealers in Aurora

from Philippine Star by Ding Cervantes:

Amid reports of unabated illegal logging in the remaining forests of the Sierra Madre mountains, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has stopped the issuance of transport permits to lumber dealers without legitimate logging concessions in Aurora province.

“This is to ensure they (lumber dealers) are not made fronts or market outlets for illegal loggers,” said newly installed Central Luzon DENR executive director Antonio Principe.

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Another take from Manila Bulletin

Want i want to read is a news about DENR stopping commercial logging in Aurora.

Flood News

from Aurora remains isolated from the rest of Central Luzon

Aurora province remains isolated from the rest of Central Luzon due to landslides and widespread flooding brought about by continuous rains over the weekend.

This was the situation given by the Aurora province’s governor as she pleaded for help from the national government and non-government organizations.

Gov. Bella Flor Angara-Castillo said thousands of families in three low-lying towns including Casiguran, Dingalan, and Dilasag have been affected by moderate to heavy rains brought by the recent low-pressure area.

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from Manila Bulletin:Three Aurora towns isolated

The three northern towns of Casiguran, Dilasag and Dinalungan here remain isolated, with at least one person reported drowned and three others missing, due to floods triggered by heavy rains in the past five days, the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council said yesterday.

Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo identified the fatality as Reynaldo Casabie, 58, a native of Rizal province, whose body was retrieved yesterday by rescuers along the riverbank in Barangay Dibet, Casiguran. He was reported missing since Saturday.

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