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1939 - Inside the Baler Church
1939 - Inside the Baler Church

This photo was from Mr. Rollie Querijero. It was a group shot of a Flores de Mayo entourage taken inside Baler Church. In May 1939. It has so many details that a historian could learn many things just from this one photo. You might have pictures like this hidden in your Kak-ka’s baul. Bring them to light, have them scanned and give them a second life. That’s why photographs were invented, for the memories. Post it on your facebook page or send it to me at batangbaler at gmail dot com.

One of the most viewed photo album in my Facebook account is this collection of old photos from Baler and Aurora collected from the web, old books and magazines and from Balerians like Poppo Olag and Mrs. Mesina. Some photos from this collection have made it to exhibits at the National Library, NCCA, MalacaƱang and The Museo De Baler. If you want to add pictures to this collection, then start digging.

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Baler Fiesta 1948

Baler Fiesta 1948

Festivity in front of the Municipal Plaza during the town Fiesta 1948. Dancing partners; Left to Right: Roberto Tolentino & Lorna Novicio, Leonardo Novicio & Soledad Cuento, Plaridel Querijero & Raquel Tolentino, and Rodelia Carrasco & Pedro Leander. Picture from Poppo Olag.

Old Picture of Quezon Birthspot

Quezon House

An old picture of President Manuel L. Quezon’s birthspot. It’s from an article about Baler published in a magazine in the 50s. I spotted this sometime last year, it was on exhibit at the ANSHS. The marker reads:

“This is the humble birthspot of the Star of Baler and the Father of his Country, beloved by this townmates and his countrymen – the late greatest Filipino Pres. MANUEL L. QUEZON”

If you have old photos like this, scan it or photograph it and send it to batangbaler at I’ll add it to the Old Baler photo pool.

Rest in Peace – Ka Ending Bihasa

Ending Bihasa

Ito po ay galing sa comment ng post tungkol kay Ka Ending Bihasa:

Ito po ay pagbibigay impormasyon na si ka ending bihasa ay pumanaw na po kahapon ika 14 ng Agosto ng umaga sa sa Veterans Memorial Medical Centre. Siya po ay iuuwi sa sabado at ibuburol sa kanyang tahanan sa bonifacio extension. Di pa po kumpirmado kung kelan siya ililibing. Basta ang sigurado pa lang ay ililbing siya sa kanyang sariling bakuran. Matatandaan po natin na siya ay isang mabuting mamamayan, ama , bayani, at ang LITTLE SERGEANT OF THE CROSS.

1968 Casiguran Earthquake

1968 Casiguran Earthquake

Apatnapung taon na ang nakakaraan nang mangyari ang lindol sa Casiguran noong August 2, 1968. Bago sumapit ang 1991 Luzon Earthquake, ito ang pinakamasalantang lindol sa Pilipinas. 268 ang namatay at 261 naman ang nasugatan sanhi nito. Ito rin ang naging dahilan ng pagguho ng Ruby Tower sa Binondo Maynila.

Mula sa wikipedia:

1968 Casiguran earthquake occurred on August 2, 1968 with a 7.3 Richter scale magnitude. More than 270 people died and 261 were injured. The epicenter was located in Casiguran, Quezon (now part of Aurora province). This was the most destructive earthquake in the Philippines during the 20 years before the 1990 Luzon earthquake. In addition, the earthquake generated a tsunami that reached as far as Japan.

The hardest hit was the densely populated city of Manila killing 268 people and 261 more were injured. Majority of the buildings that suffered severe damages lies near at the mouth of Pasig River with huge alluvial deposits. Some of them were damaged beyond repair and others only suffered cosmetic damages. 260 people died when a 6-storey building Ruby Tower collapsed in the district of Binondo. Majority of the building collapsed except for a portion of the first and second floors at the northern end of the building. There was an allegation that the building was poorly built and used low-grade materials.[1] In District of Santa Ana, one person was injured from a damaged apartment building.

Two more people were killed from Aurora sub province and Pampanga. Around the town of Casiguran, there were several reports of landslides and the worst one happened near at Casiguran Bay.

Ito naman ang detalye ng lindol mula sa Phivolcs

At ito naman ang ilang mga larawan mula sa Phivolcs:

Tulay ng Casiguran

Daang Casiguran papunta sa Barrio Tabas

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