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GMA visited Baler on its 400th anniversary and hails Auroranians

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

by Ronald Leander

August 19, 2009

BALER, Aurora – President Arroyo visited today this historical town jointly celebrating its 400th founding anniversary, the 131st birth Anniversary of the late President Manuel L. Quezon and the town’s annual fiesta celebration in honor of St. Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the town’s patron saint.


The Chief Executive led here the unveiling of the commemorative marker for its 400th anniversary as a municipality and she was joined by Sen. Edgardo Angara, House Deputy Majority Leader Juan Edgardo Angara, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo and Mayor Arthur Angara and the rest of Balerianos here in the birthplace of Quezon, considered the father of the national language.

The President also led the ribbon-cutting for the “flora and fauna” exhibit at the Museo de Baler and viewed the vintage presidential car of Quezon at the Quezon Memorial Park.

She also turned over P381,000 worth of cash incentives to 157 coconut farmers represented by their leaders.

The Chief Executive was later presented a commemorative stamp, pin and medal by National Historical Institute chairman Lamberto Ocampo.


Governor Angara-Castillo praised the President for not politicizing economic development by deciding to help the province which has only a small voting population saying PGMA is the only President who did not consider the size of a place in extending help but its potentials, adding the President even went here seven times in her eight years as President.

Senator Angara in his speech said that critics had been telling President Quezon that if he could not develop his hometown, how could he possible develop the entire country. And he answered that he is leaving the development of the province all up to his successors. And only President Arroyo took his word for it.


Baler Fiesta 2009: Parade Pictures

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Pictures of the fiesta parade. It was very hot and the parade started late. It also looked disorganized as the parade was chopped into three parts. The street dancers and drum and lyre bands looks like they were forced to and the government employees looked unhappy and seemed to be joining the Bataan Death March instead of the parade. The Bb. Baler float drove by in it’s lonesome. My rating: 1 and a half stars.

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MLQ’s Official Car on Display at the Quezon Park

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

As part of the Baler 400 celebration and the 131st birth anniversary of President Manuel L. Quezon, the National Historical Institute brought to Baler the newly restored official car of MLQ during the commonwealth, a 1937 Chrysler Airflow limousine. The car was restored to it’s original condition by Alfred Motorworks in cooperation with Alfred Nobel R. Peres, restorer from the Vintage Car Club of the Philippines. The car was presented to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo this morning, August 19, 2009 by NHI Chairman Ambeth Ocampo.


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Baler Fiesta 2009: Street Arches

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Pictures of the different street arches currently on display along the streets of the Poblacion of Baler. This is a design competition between barangays and other establishments. The theme is about the 400th anniversary of Baler and materials should mostly be from recycled products. The decors look great during the day and better at night. Enjoy!

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Bb. Baler 2009 Pictures

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The pictures from last night’s (August 17) Bb. Baler 2009 held at the Baler Central School covered court.

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Bb. Baler 2009 is Jamie G. Gonzales

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009


Congratulations to Ms. Jamie G. Gonzales from Brgy. 5 for winning the title of Bb. Baler 2009.


The other winners are Ms. Marvelyn Delos Santos from Suklayin (left) , Second Runner-up and Ms. Kristel Lumasac from Brgy. Zabali (right),  First Runner-up.

Ms. Baler 2009 Candidates

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

There are only seven candidates for this year’s Bb. Baler. The pageant will be held tomorrow, August 17 at the Baler Central School covered court.

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Baler Fiesta 2009: Trade Fair

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

In the official schedule of events, this one is called Agri-Industrial Trade Fair and Tourism and Investment Fair. I’ll just call it trade fair. It’s a yearly event spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry to promote local products. What’s new this year is that there are booths from the different provinces of Central Luzon, which makes the thing more exciting. I was late for the opening ceremony but managed to tag along with Gov. BAC while she’s doing her traditional shopping to support the trade exhibitors. She was with Mayor Angara and other visitors. She even gave me a pack of polburon, tamarind balls from Bataan and a Baler 400 tshirt. Go check it out.

PS: Obviously I’m not going to all of this year’s fiesta event because some of them are happening at the same time, there’s only me and myself in here, I have a real job that actually pays for my daily bread, and i have this chronic illness called laziness. There’s already tons of events that i missed like the exciting chess tournament, the motocross and 4×4 show at Kinalapan, the fishing competition at labasin and the skateboarding challenge at the capitol. So if you have pictures or news of these events, find a way to put it online and give me a poke so I can post the links. Or you can give me the pictures (personally or through email) and I will gladly post them with credits to your name.

Now back to the the trade fair pictures:

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