On Dec. 1, 2014, Quezon City and Municipality of Baler, Aurora – the city that Pres. Manuel Luis Quezon created and the town where he was born – will sign the Sisterhood relationship agreement and friendship affiliation.
LGU-Baler Elected Officials headed by Mayor Nelianto C. Bihasa, Department Heads and Non-Government Organizations will attend the Flag Raising Ceremony and MOU Signing at Quezon City Hall to be hosted by City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.
The said agreement will foster historical and cultural ties of Quezon City and Municipality of Baler and to encourage mutual understanding, friendship and peace through tourism and goodwill among their people, encourage social & cultural exchanges, forge strong economic ties between the two local governments and exchange innovative procedures and practices which will greatly aid both parties in good governance.
The agreement was made possible thru Baler SB Resolution No. 055-2013 and Quezon City Resolution No. 5855 s. 2014 and the efforts of Baler Aurora Ngayon Angkan at Kasaysayan (BANAK) Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to promote and advance the study of the history and culture of Baler and the Aurora Province and to undertake activities beneficial to the municipality/province and its people.
That’s from the report published by the Department of Interior and Local Government in their website on August 23. Considering that there are 1,491 municipalities in the country, being in the Top 6 is a great feat for San Luis. Mayor Annabelle Tangson posted this comment in my FB post about her town’s accomplishment:
Thank you sa mga opisyales at mga mamamayan ng San Luis. Nangyari Ito dahil sa ating pagkakaisa at mabuting pagsasamat, sa susunod dapat number one na. Taos pusong pasasalamat!
Education Secretary Armin Luistro will be the guest of honor at the nationwide celebration of the 9th Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day which will be led by Senator Edgardo J. Angara on June 30 in Baler, Aurora.
“This occasion is a constant reminder of the long-standing friendship, as well as cultural and historical ties, between the Philippines and Spain,” said Angara.
Among the Spanish nationals who will grace the event are: Spain’s Ambassador to the Philippines Jose Manuel Domecq, Defense Attache Pedro Rolan, Education Adviser Javier Menendez, and Instituto Cervantes director Jose Rodriguez. The Spanish private sector will also be represented by Joaquin Estrada and Pedro Palomino, both officials of Cemex, the world’s largest building materials supplier.
Honorary Consul Jose Ignacio Bidon and film writer-director Jesus Valbuena Garcia, two descendants of the Spanish soldiers who survived the Siege of Baler, will also fly in from Spain with their families.
Aurora is the site of the historic Siege of Baler, the last and one of the most significant stories of the Philippine war of independence against Spain. In June 27, 1898, 54 Spanish soldiers holed up at the Church of Baler in their last stand against the revolution. They endured an 11-month siege, unaware that the war had long ended. Only 33 survivors emerged from the church in June 2, 1899. The sympathetic people of Baler gave them food, clothing and medicine. President Emilio Aguinaldo also decreed that they be treated as friends, not prisoners.
In 2003, Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara authored Republic Act No. 9187, creating the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day and setting its observance on June 30 of every year. This has paved the way for improving bilateral relations, with the Philippines’ exports to Spain reaching €178 million in 2010. (from the office of Sen. Edgardo J. Angara)
Vincent Christopher Gonzales and Rigor Esguerra from Baler, Aurora are two of the five Filipino artists whose works will be featured in a 6 county European art exhibit from May to July this year. Titled Filipinism, European Art Exhibit 2011 this series of exhibits is presented by Ver Cuison and Bill Perez of the Kunst Gallery and will feature works by Mark Balatbat, Erick Dator, Ronna Manansala and our two kababayans Vincent and Rigor. The art shows will be held in galleries in Germany, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Austria, The Netherlands and Italy.
The artists will be joining the delegation so if you want to meet them personally, just add them to your Facebook friends list for updates. This is Vincent’s FB Page, and this is Rigor’s page.
This is from the National Museum website. I think it’s a great tour package. If I’m not living here in Baler, I will sign up for this. The tour price is 6,500 bucks and includes transportation, meals and snacks.
After conquering the magnificence of Mt. Banahaw in 2009 and discovering the nature-abundant Prieto-Diaz, Sorsogon in 2010, the National Museum of the Philippines, this year, brings its Nature Walk training to the panoramic Baler, Aurora.
Nature Walk is one of the regular educational activities of the National Museum organized and implemented by its Museum Education Division. It aims to disseminate the museum’s knowledge and expertise in the area of natural history, providing experiential learning in an outdoor environment for better appreciation of nature and natural heritage conservation.
The four-day training which will take place from May 3-6, 2011 in Baler, Aurora is expected to be participated in by science teachers and students, nature lovers, environmentalists and tourism officers. Facilitating the activities are experts on botany, zoology and geology both from the National Museum and other institutions.
Nature Walk 2011 includes lecture, demonstration, nature observation and other outdoor activities. Stargazing using conventional and digital device is an added exposure for participants.
For more information and reservation, please get in touch with Mr. Mel Lagartija or Ms. Rizza Salterio of the Museum Education Division at telefax no. 5270278 or email at [email protected] (news from the National Museum website)
Aurora’s first radio station is now streaming online. This makes the radio station not only the one with the largest broadcast footprint covering Dilasag to Dingalan but also the first in the province with internet presence. This means that Aurorans anywhere on earth with an internet connection could enjoy listening to the local news and different programs being aired by the station. They can also connect with their relatives and friends through the chatroom that is embedded along with the live broadcast. You can access DZJO Spriti FM by going to http://dzjospiritfm.com or ustream.tv/channel/dzjo-baler-radio. Latest updates can be accessed through the DZJO Spirit FM Facebook Page.
DZJO Spirit FM is the first radio station in Baler, Aurora. It started operation in the early 90’s and it’s still the only non-profit radio station operating in the Province. The station is a part of the Catholic Media Network. The online streaming project is an initiative of the station’s new manager Mr. Jimmy A. Peñamante with the technical support of Batangbaler.