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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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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Celebrating art, heritage and the ocean in Baler

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


In celebration of the National Heritage Month and the Month of the Ocean this May, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman, DepEd U-Sec. Vilma Labrador and executive director Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, also PA on Culture, in cooperation with Office of the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (OPACC), will hold an art activity called “Gallery of the Seas,” as part of a “triangulated” event involving the air, mountain and sea in the historic town of Baler, Aurora, which is celebrating its 400th foundation anniversary this year, 2009, declared by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the Year of Baler.

The event, which has three aspects and perspectives, will be held from May 18 to 24. This event will emphasize the ecological and cultural diversity of Aurora. The “triangulated” event will have a bird-watching activity, a hiking and mountaineering activity, and the “Gallery of the Sea.”

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The “Gallery of the Sea” is in coordination of the Dimalangat Artists Community and will actually start on May 20 21. This is not exclusive to Dimalangat Artists. Venue is either Baler Central school or Aurora Technological Institute. Stand by for details.

The Bird Watching Activity will be led by the Camera Club of the Philippines in coordination with the Batang Aurora Camera Club. Give me a hoot at batangbaler at gmail dot com if you’re interested. The mountaineering activity will be led by the UP Mountaineers.

These events are part of the Baler 400 Celebration.

In Baler, people take pride in their work

Monday, May 18th, 2009

A good article on about Boy Taho, Zosimo Torres, Gerry Shan’s Restaurant and Mrs. Mesina:

Pride of work is what fills Nestor Atendido Atayde, 59, a taho vendor for most of his adult life. And he is only too happy to go by the name “Boy Taho.”

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News and Other Links

Monday, May 11th, 2009

from Travel on a budget: Surf’s up at Baler

The sun is high and city-dwellers are hitting the beach. Despite the global slowdown and the constant downpours, there are places to visit without emptying your pockets.

If you’re more on the adventurous side, a good destination is Baler, where surf and sun worshippers congregate for a weekend of surfing thrill.

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from Teachers name ‘best movies for students’

An award-giving group made up of educators has picked “Ploning,” “Caregiver” and “Baler” as the past year’s top movie releases.

The Samahan ng mga Dalubguro ng Pang-Madlang Komunikasyon this week named the three movies Pinakapasadong Pelikula (Best Picture), specifically citing them as the best for viewing by Filipino students

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And if you have a Facebook account, you will be able to see these:

Photos from the Baler: A State of Mind Painting and Photo exhibit at the NCCA, April 20, 2009 by Sherylle.
Baler: A State of Mind exhibit photos by Noli Guerrero
Old and New works by Jeho Bitancor. And his Poems too.

Kidlat is still in camera recession mode.


Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Some Baler news from the online newspapers:

from BusinessWorld Online: Baler Beauty

The 400th anniversary celebrations of Baler, Aurora, which began with the entry of Baler the movie in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, continues with a joint visual exhibit by the Dimalangat Artists Community and the Batang Aurora Camera Club, two fledgling organizations that aim to capture the beauty of the province through art.

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from Business Mirror Online: Baler marks 400 years, to hold trade fair in Quezon City

Lobsters, sea bass, talakitok, tuna,blue marlin and pompano, as well as hard-to-come-by salad greens like pakò ferns and other vegetables, special rice and coffee will be available from today at the Department of Agriculture complex in Quezon City.

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from Business World Online: Aurora province to revive sabutan weaving industry

LOCAL OFFICIALS and stake-holders are considering promoting an indigenous fiber to tap new foreign markets and provide an alternative livelihood to residents in the municipality of Baler in Aurora.

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11 charged with illegal mining

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

from 11 charged with illegal mining

Aurora police released nine Chinese and two Filipinos on Wednesday after filing four criminal cases against them for alleged illegal mining of black sand on the coast of Casiguran.

Go Kim Sing, Go Oh Hoi, Ti Kim Hang, Lim Kim He, Go Hong Keng, Go Keng Heng, Chin Hok Teng, Lim Kim Leong, Ho Kim Cheang, Engineer Gerry Dollente and Rey Alvis were sued for theft of minerals, illegal exploration, destruction of mining structure and false statement, said Senior Superintendent Romeo Teope, Aurora police chief.

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More News on Karl Winston Cacanindin

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

More news on the newest pride of Aurora – Karl Winston Cacanindin, PMA topnotcher and true blue Batang Dipaculao:

from Saksi:

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from QTV:

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And from Many firsts for 2009 top PMA grad

Air Force Ensign Karl Winston L. Cacanindin on Monday went down to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) history books for many reasons.

For one, the Aurora native was the first valedictorian who was awarded both the Presidential Achievement Award for Academic Excellence Award and the Athletic Saber.

Also, Cacanindin was the first valedictorian who addressed both spectators and graduates in pure Filipino, taking off from the battle-cry of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, who was also from Aurora.

Cacanindin was also the only cadet who graduated magna cum laude this year. He also received the Philippine Air Force Saber, and a plaque each for Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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Karl Winston Cacanindin from Dipaculao – 2009 PMA Top Graduate

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Karl Winston Cacanindin

Congratulations to Karl Winston Cacanindin from Dipaculao, Aurora for being the top graduate of the Philippine Military Academy this year. Karl will graduate Magna Cum Laude on March 16. He will soon join the Philippine Air Force. Congratulations! We’re proud of you. Don’t die too soon in those flying coffins of the air force.

from Aurora man is top PMA graduate.

A young man from Aurora who entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to fulfill his father’s failed childhood dream of becoming a soldier will lead this year’s graduating Masiglahi class.

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from Aurora native PMA class of 2009 topnotcher.

Aurora native 1st Class Cadet Karl Winston Cacanindin led the graduating class’s top ten cadets, who were formally introduced to the media in a press conference at the PMA on Wednesday.

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