Archive for the ‘Ma. Aurora’ Category

Sierra Karera Update

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

I’m still waiting for the Sierra Karera pictures. The event went off great despite of the typhoon that caused some teams to back out of the competition. The UST Mountaineers Conquer Team (picture above) grabbed the top prize in the Elite Category.


Sierra Karera

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

The town of Ma. Aurora, Aurora will start its week-long Foundation Day celebration with the very first outdoor adventure race in Aurora, the Sierra Karera Adventure Race, on Saturday July 15, 2006. This event is being organized by the Maria Aurora Outdoors Club with the help of the Ma. Aurora LGU and different corporate sponsors (see above poster). This event will be held at different places of the town. Batangbaler is the online partner of this event. Check it out if you have time.

Sierra Karera

Monday, May 29th, 2006

The Maria Aurora Outdoors Club presents
A Race for the Kids and the Environment
July 15, 2006
Maria Aurora, Aurora

For more info:

A Food Basket in the Making

Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

from A Food Basket in the Making.

“A P21-million agro-forestry project designed to make this province a major food basket in Central Luzon through mass production of fruits, vegetables and rice within a period of five years has taken off in a vast 312-hectare area in this town.

The center of the Aurora Food Production and Agro-forestry Project (AFPAP) is located in Barangay Dianawan, sitio Canili where ground preparations are underway.

The project is a brainchild of Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, a native of the nearby capital town of Baler, and the provincial government, represented by his younger sister, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo.”

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In the News

Monday, February 27th, 2006

from abs-cbn interactive: RP-Japan highway to boost trade. “Trade and commerce will be boosted in Northern Luzon with the rehabilitation this year of a mountain roadway to be financed under the Philippine-Japan Highway Project.”"When completed, the road project linking Baler, Aurora to San Jose City in Nueva Ecija and the rest of Luzon will lessen travel time by an hour”.

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from Mayor not yet cleared of slay. “The Department of Justice has ordered a new investigation on the possible link of Mayor Jaime Ylarde of Dingalan, Aurora, to the 2005 murder of a local publisher. In a three-page resolution, Senior State Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco referred to the National Bureau of Investigation and the police the “further investigation of the possible involvement of Ylarde, as well as of other persons,” in the murder of Starline Times Recorder publisher Philip Agustin.”

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17 Central Luzon villages ‘high-risk’ to landslaides. Nine in Aurora

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

from 17 Central Luzon villages ‘high-risk’ . “At least 17 upland villages in three Central Luzon provinces are at “high-risk” to landslides, according to the chief geologist of the regional Mines and Geosciences Bureau here.

Orlando Pineda identified the highly vulnerable communities as Paltic, Caragsacan, Tanawan and Davil-Davilan in Dingalan town, Dimanayat and Diteki in San Luis town, Villa Maria in Maria Aurora town, Amper and Dinadiawan in Dipaculao town, all in Aurora; Labi in Bongabon town, Sawmill, South Poblacion, Malinao and Pantoc in Gabaldon town, all in Nueva Ecija; and Maamot, Sula and Lubigan in San Jose town in Tarlac.”

More Flood News

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

from Manila Bulletin Online: Aurora towns swamped by floods as deep as 10 ft: “Low-lying villages in Baler, Ma. Aurora, Dingalan and three northern towns of Dinalungan, Dilasag and Casiguran were swamped with floodwaters, which buried communities under 10 feet of water.”

from 3 die in Ecija, Aurora floods: “AT least three persons died while thousands of families remained encamped in different evacuations centers in Region 2, and 3 particularly in Nueva Ecija and Aurora provinces.”

Flashflood 2006

Friday, January 27th, 2006

The floods came early this year. Here’s some snips from The italicized parts are my additions.

“In Aurora province, heavy rains have submerged all 24 villages in Casiguran town under two to eight feet of floodwaters, and triggered landslides that isolated the northern parts of the province, Gov. Bellaflor Castillo-Angara told the Inquirer by phone. The flood, the second to hit Casiguran in three weeks, has forced 25 families to evacuate to the town hall. Four rivers that cut through the town have overflowed.”

The last flash flood that hit Casiguran was on December 27-28, 2005. Mayor Bitong of Casiguran said in a radio interview yesterday that this one is worse. He said that the cause of the frequent floods is the logging operation in the area. The Dicadi (Dinalungan-Casiguran-Dilasag) area is now isolated again and the roads are still unpassable.

“In Baler, the capital town of Aurora, floodwaters in Barangays Buhangin and Cabcab rose up to seven feet on Wednesday night, forcing residents there to flee to high grounds. The water began subsiding on Thursday.”

That Cabcab is Sitio Gabgab in Buhangin. Other areas affected in Baler were Brgy. Obligacion, some parts of Calabuanan, Brgy. Pingit, Sitio Kinalapan, Bognoyas (Buhangin-near the cemetery), Puduk and Binilwag (Monrio), Pulo (Zabali), some parts of Duungan (Burgos St. near TESDA) and Reserva. AV Mijares Elementary School was also flooded. A portion of the riprap wall in Kinalapan River also gave in and part of the overflow bridge in Dicaloyungan was damaged.

“Floodwaters in Diteki and San Isidro villages in San Luis reached up to four feet.”

San Isidro was heavily flooded - again. Other flooded areas in San Luis are Ditumabo and Real. A person was electrocuted in San Isidro.

“Angara said that while landslides cut off the road network to Casiguran, Dinalungan and Dilasag towns, central Aurora continued to be accessible through the Pantabangan-Canili Road via Nueva Ecija. The Bongabon (Nueva Ecija)-Baler Road was not passable.”

The Pantabangan-Canili Road is “hardly” passable.

“Rampaging waters washed away the steel bridge in Dibacong in Casiguran and a temporary bridge in Villa, Ma. Aurora.”

The Cabituculan area in Ma. Aurora was also flooded - for the first time.

There were also reports of flooding in Dingalan. A person was also reported missing in Dingalan.

from ‘Agaton’ brings rains, landslides to villages
from journal online: Floods hit 26 villages in Aurora, Ecija


Landslide warning devices installed in Aurora


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

After many chismis and fake news about a bus falling of a cliff somewhere in the Sierra Madre, it finally happened. A D’Liner bus rolled of a road in Ditailen, Ma. Aurora, Aurora yesterday morning after hitting a tricycle. There was no fatality but most of the passengers suffered broken bones, bumps, bruises, minor and major wounds. Passengers in critical conditions were airlifted to Cabanatuan. The accident happened around 8:45 am when the driver of the D’Liner bus on the way to Maria Aurora from Cabanatuan was managing a steep incline in Ditailen. The the driver tried to avoid a tricycle that cut into the bus lane. The tricycle was hit and the bus rolled over fell off a ravine the road. The tricycle driver is now in critical condition.

Last January 3, there was a mistaken report that a D’Liner bus fell of the cliff along the Maria Aurora - Pantabangan road.

This is what a D’Liner bus looks like:

Update: Here’s the ABS-CBN News online report.


Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Villa Aurora, December 8, 2005. A car being towed by a DPWH bulldozer across the river. The next day the river was ten times bigger.

The DPWH announced that the Baler-Bongabong road will be closed from December 15 to 22. Labi bridge will be repaired. So if you’re planning to go home to Baler on those dates, the only option is the Canili-Pantabangan road.

The annual Provincial Athletic Meet (aka Division Meet) started yesterday here in Baler without the delegates from Casiguran, Dinalungan and Dilasag. They were stranded because the one week non-stop rains flooded most of the rivers in the Dicadi area and caused some landslides along the Baler-Casiguran road. The delegates arrived only yesterday afternoon.


This news is sad, and ironically…funny:

“For resident 68-year-old Norma Vilar, a pensioner for at least five years now, it has been a long wait for her pension fund to be released to her automated teller machine account. Last August, her pension money stopped. Upon verification at the regional branch here, she said she was told she has to file an affidavit or certification “that she is still alive.”


Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Is it just me or GMA’s Joseph Morong sounded really disappointed when he reported that nothing much happened in Aurora during the last typhoon? He reported live last night somewhere in the Province and the worst he can tell was a bus stuck in a spillway in Ma. Aurora. Sorry bro, no flood today! Come back another day. It’s so disappointing that the national media only come to Baler or Aurora when disaster occurs or when one is about to happen. You don’t even need to invite them. Last Aurora Day, the event was covered by Channel 13 - the channel nobody watches.

It’s the first time I heard the term NABALAHAW. I always thought that it’s called NABALAHO. Or maybe because it happened in Ma. Aurora, an Ilocano country where “balaho” is pronounced as “balahaw”. “Ney! Nabalahaw!” No offense meant to my Ilocano friends in Maria.

Mayor Ariel Bitong of Ma. Aurora. His wife in Canada- a Batangbaler regular visitor - will be happy to see this picture.

Mr. Dan Nieva, Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Executive Director.

And finally, i can’t wait to see the next batch of Startsruck survivors.


Monday, September 12th, 2005

Tricycle (Sabang, Baler, Aurora)

Hole (Ermita, Baler, Aurora)

Gradient (San Joaquin, Ma. Aurora, Aurora)

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