Category Archives: Dingalan

Bangon Dingalan Movement Tree Planting Project

Sulong Dingalan Movement
Sulong Dingalan Movement

Bangon Dingalan Movement, a group formed this year by concerned OFWs from Dingalan will have a massive tree planting project in the municipality. The initial phase of this project will be on December 28, 2010. So if you’re near the town on that date and interested to participate, you can get more info at their Facebook Page.

Bangon Dingalan Movement was formed with the aim of conceptualizing projects which may be helpful in uplifting the condition of the municipality of Dingalan, Aurora. The group is being led by Mr. Edelio Alday, who was already featured here in Batangbaler in 2006. You can read about him here. Read all the way to the comments, there’s a surprise ending.

The Bangon Dingalan Movement Facebook Page

The group has been renamed to Sulong Dingalan Movement
Click here to see pictures of their Tree Planting Project

Holy Week in Baler

2010 Holy Week in Baler
2010 Holy Week in Baler

The Good Friday procession in Baler. Click here for the rest of the pictures.

More pictures:

Good Friday in Ditumabo (from Brgy. Ditumabo Facebook Page)

Good Friday in Real, San Luis, Aurora [requires a Facebook account] (photos by Mike Berja)

The Passion of the Christ – Baler Version [requires a Facebook account] (photos by Ymay Calugtong)

and here’s what they do in Dingalan on Good Friday (2009 pictures from Alexies Racca)

Penitensya photos by Alexies Racca

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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Aurora farmers urge distribution of military land

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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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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Bz Me!

Apologies for not updating this blog. I’m in the thick of things. Next week will be more regular.

Here’s a couple of Aurora news swirling in the internets:

from 3 Years After Abduction: Missing broadcaster’s kin still in dark.

The family of broadcaster and environmental activist and radio broadcaster Joey Estriber remain in the dark three years after four armed men, believed to be soldiers, abducted him in Baler, Aurora, in 2006.

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from manila bulletin: Aurora townsfolk oppose proposed sanitary landfill. by Ariel Avendaño

A proposed sanitary landfill in this town has sparked a controversy as residents claimed the facility would pollute a nearby creek being used as source of potable water.

The residents said that the six-hectare site of the proposed municipal sanitary landfill in Barangay Caragsacan could pollute the Amit Creek and pose threat to the health of residents of three adjacent barangays which are Davil-davilan, Poblacion, and Aplaya.

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Trial on murder of Aurora publisher suspended indefinitely


Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 6 Judge Jansen Rodriguez suspended indefinitely the trial of the murder case against the remaining accused in the May 2005 killing of newspaper publisher Philip Agustin following the dismissal of the case against former mayor Jaime Ylarde.

Rodriguez told GMANews.TV by phone that they have no recourse but to suspend the hearing against the two other accused, Nilo Morete and Manuel Alday pending their arrest.

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