Category Archives: Dinalungan

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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News! News! News!

from the Northern Philippine Times: Illegal logging rampant in Aurora national park

Illegal logging is still rampant at the famous Aurora Memorial National Park here despite presence of police and environment personnel and a crackdown waged by the provincial government.

The illegal operations have angered Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo who expressed disgust that illegal loggers manage to pass through checkpoints.

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from Four tribes get titles over ancestral lands

CADT RO3-SLU-1205-039 covers 2,789 ha of land and 2,859 ha of waters in Barangay Dibut in San Luis and in portions of Barangays Zabali and Pingit in Baler, both in Aurora.

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from NPA admits burning of coco nursery in Aurora

The Domingo Erlano Command of the New People’s Army in Aurora has claimed responsibility for the burning of 14,000 coconut seedlings and several cottages at the Aurora Provincial Coconut Development Center in Dinalungan town on Thursday night.

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from From Baler with love

In commemoration of Baler’s founding and its historic train of events, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts led by its Chairman Vilma Labrador and Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (OPACC) headed by Secretary Heherson Alvarez will hold an art activity called “Gallery of the Seas” coinciding with the twin celebration of the National Heritage Month and the Month of the Ocean. The local government of Baler, Mayor Arthur Angara, and Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo also joins the “Gallery of the Seas” as this event, already on its fourth staging, will be held at the hometown of the Angaras.

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from Police in Philippines arrest accused in 2005 murder of journalist

Local police arrested one of the alleged gunmen in the 2005 killing of journalist Philip Agustin on May 13 in Pampanga, a province approximately 81 km from Manila, according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

The Philippine National Police in Central Luzon arrested Nilo “Boy” Morete in Poblacion village, Mabalacat town, Pampanga at around 3:30 p.m. (local time) on May 13.

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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.

War on Reds taking toll on priests


The military’s campaign against communist rebels in Aurora has sown fear among residents and discredited the Catholic Church and priests there, the Prelature of Infanta in Aurora said in a pastoral statement read at the start of Christmas dawn Masses on Dec. 16.

In a statement sent by e-mail to the Inquirer on Wednesday, the prelature said soldiers have been inspecting buses traveling along the Dinalungan-Casiguran-Dilasag route in northern Aurora, ordering passengers to alight for inspections. The same is done among passengers in Maria Aurora town.

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