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Aurora farmers urge distribution of military land

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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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Aurora province pilots ‘e-Village’ project

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

from inquirer.net:

Around 1,200 rice farmers in Aurora province are learning new organic farming production technologies through the “e-Village” project, which links various local research institutions via the Internet.

The project was launched by the Department of Agriculture Training Institute (DA-ATI), the Philippine Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

Expected to be completed by the end of 2010, the project links research and training institutions allowing farmers undertaking training from the project to further expand their agricultural knowledge.

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Update: E-village project launched in Baler. from Philippine Star by Manny Galvez

The Baler 400 Stamp

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Baler 400 Stamp

These stamps were issued yesterday (June 30) during the celebration of the 7th Filipino-Spanish Friendship Fay to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the evangelization of the town of Baler. The stamps features the old and the new Baler church. An official first day cover envelope was also issued with the stamps. The envelopes with 2 stamps were sold yesterday for 22 pesos each. I bought 2 pieces for souvenir.

Baler 400 Stamp

A closer scrutiny of the stamp showing the new Baler church reveals some errors in the illustrations. The bell tower is too small and the walls of the recessed baptistry on the front right side of the church is missing and replaced by a window.

A news about the stamps appeared on the Philippine Star courtesy of Manny Galvez

Angara Acknowledges the Contribution of the Sons of Baler in the Two Countries’ Amity

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

from senate.gov.ph:

As the country celebrates Phil-Spanish Friendship Day, Senator Edgardo J. Angara today recognized and lauded the continued support of the three adopted sons of Baler in fostering good country interrelationship between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Spain.

“The continuous respect and support for historical connection of these adopted sons of Baler shows the incessant friendship between our country and Spain. The mutual friendship and affection between these two countries symbolizes cultural and historical tie between our madre patria and its previous colonizer,” informed Angara who chairs the Philippine-Spanish Parliamentary Friendship Group.

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Casiguran: Celebrating 400 years in history

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

This is an account of the weeklong celebration of the 400 years Anniversary of Casiguran. From yehey.com by Maritoni Alvarez:

Situated in the northern part of the Aurora Province and approximately 120 kms. from the historic town of Baler, Casiguran, dubbed as the “Enchanting Paradise in the North,” just celebrated its 400 years in history through a week-long festivity that showcased the town’s products, talents and beauty. The Quadricentennial of Casiguran, Aurora kicked off last June 7, 2009 with loads of activities to laud the town’s 400th year Anniversary.

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San Luis Obispo Parish Celebrated 400 Years of Evangelization

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Some pictures to go with yesterday’s news about the Quadricentennial of Evangelization of Baler. The celebration was highlighted with a procession and a pontifical mass presided by Prelature of Infanta Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona. The same celebration will be held at Casiguran on June 13.

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Aurora to Host 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas, Announces Angara

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

So the rumor is true. I think this would be on July. from senate.gov.ph:

Senator Edgardo J. Angara today announced that his hometown province, Aurora, will host the 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas – one of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the Philippines. “This momentous event will feature two distinct beauties which bring pride to the Philippines – the Filipina beauty and the beauty of nature and environment as captured by the province of Aurora,” said Angara who is a proud son of Baler Aurora. He added, “Aside from being blessed with abundant tourist attractions – from its natural attractions including picturesque waterfalls, lush greenery on mountainsides, and panoramic beaches, to various activities which includes surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain climbing and trekking – Aurora and its people is proud to showcase its natural hospitality and warm welcome as we host the 2009 Mutya ng Pilipinas.”

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Casiguran and Baler News

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

from philstar.com by Manny Galvez: Casiguran airport to be upgraded

The P157-million airport in this town, which is now undergoing construction, will be further upgraded into an international airport at an additional cost of P100 million.

Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo told The STAR that the airport, initially planned as a domestic airport, would become an international airport with a longer runway able to serve larger aircrafts that can travel to other destinations through connecting flights to other airports.

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from CBCP News by Jason De Asis: Baler and Casiguran mark quadricentennial of evangelization

The 400 years of evangelization in this town will be celebrated on June 11, 2009 according to San Luis Obispo Parish (SLOP) priest Fr. Nilvon Co Villanueva.

A pontifical mass will be presided by Prelature of Infanta Bishop Rolando Tria Tirona together with 36 priests of the prelature at 3 o’clock in the afternoon at SLOP in Baler.

Also on June 13, 2009, the northern town of Casiguran shall also be commemorating the quadricentennial of its evangelization in time for its town fiesta in honor of its patron San Antonio de Padua.

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