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Historical Data of Baler 1952-1953

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

54 years ago, Memorandum Order No. 1934 was issued, probably by the Mayor of Baler, the Municipal Council or the Administrator of Baler Central School. It created a committee to “gather textbooks, manuals, course of studies and other reference of local materials”. Different sub-committees were created in the Poblacion and other barrios. These committees gathered historical datas, conducted interviews ang collected facts about the town of Baler and it’s different Barrios.

The committe chairman was Mr. Pedro A. Sindac, and the document that resulted was the Historical Data of the Municipality of Baler, Sub-Province of Aurora 1952-1953. It contained historical and cultural information about the town as well as the barrios of Bacong , Calabuanan, Ditumabo, Dibut, Reserva and the Barrio of San Luis.


L. Pimentel

Friday, May 26th, 2006

aka El Pimentel, Kalisetan, Caunayan Falls. This is one of the most accessible waterfalls picnic area in Central Aurora. Located in Brgy. L. Pimentel, near Nonong in San Luis, Aurora. Vehicle entrance starts at 10 pesos for motorcycles. There’s also an entrance fee of 10 pesos per person and cottages are also available for rent. There’s even a videoke available in the area. The place is actually a series of waterfalls but only two are easily accessible. The others are way up the mountains. I know persons who have reached the seventh waterfall but I only reached the third almost a decade ago.

Click the link below for more pictures.


Thursday, April 27th, 2006

The classic way - a wood stand, a clamp, and and a used engine piston. To patch the tube, fuel is poured in the piston, lighted and the clamp is tightened until the rubbers are cooked. Takes 5 to 10 minutes to do the job. Current rate for a motorcycle tire is 20 pesos. A 6-foot tall payloader tire costs 1000 pesos to vulcanize.

The hitech way - This one uses an old flatiron instead of the piston and runs on electricity. I saw this one at San Luis.

The Dam

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

I’m reposting yesterday’s blogger entry here.



The NIA Dam in San Luis Aurora. It provides irrigation water to most San Luis and Baler farmlands and also a favorite picnic place ever since the world began.

I also posted a special message yesterday.

3 NPAs, lawman killed in clashes

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

from 3 NPAs, lawman killed in clashes. “In San Luis, Aurora, Lapinid said about 12 NPA rebels harassed a detachment of the Army’s 48th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Dimagaan, Barangay Diteke at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday killing Cpl. Rico C. Dumabrigue and wounding Cpl. Donald K. Baguba.”

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17 Central Luzon villages ‘high-risk’ to landslaides. Nine in Aurora

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

from 17 Central Luzon villages ‘high-risk’ . “At least 17 upland villages in three Central Luzon provinces are at “high-risk” to landslides, according to the chief geologist of the regional Mines and Geosciences Bureau here.

Orlando Pineda identified the highly vulnerable communities as Paltic, Caragsacan, Tanawan and Davil-Davilan in Dingalan town, Dimanayat and Diteki in San Luis town, Villa Maria in Maria Aurora town, Amper and Dinadiawan in Dipaculao town, all in Aurora; Labi in Bongabon town, Sawmill, South Poblacion, Malinao and Pantoc in Gabaldon town, all in Nueva Ecija; and Maamot, Sula and Lubigan in San Jose town in Tarlac.”

Flashflood 2006

Friday, January 27th, 2006

The floods came early this year. Here’s some snips from The italicized parts are my additions.

“In Aurora province, heavy rains have submerged all 24 villages in Casiguran town under two to eight feet of floodwaters, and triggered landslides that isolated the northern parts of the province, Gov. Bellaflor Castillo-Angara told the Inquirer by phone. The flood, the second to hit Casiguran in three weeks, has forced 25 families to evacuate to the town hall. Four rivers that cut through the town have overflowed.”

The last flash flood that hit Casiguran was on December 27-28, 2005. Mayor Bitong of Casiguran said in a radio interview yesterday that this one is worse. He said that the cause of the frequent floods is the logging operation in the area. The Dicadi (Dinalungan-Casiguran-Dilasag) area is now isolated again and the roads are still unpassable.

“In Baler, the capital town of Aurora, floodwaters in Barangays Buhangin and Cabcab rose up to seven feet on Wednesday night, forcing residents there to flee to high grounds. The water began subsiding on Thursday.”

That Cabcab is Sitio Gabgab in Buhangin. Other areas affected in Baler were Brgy. Obligacion, some parts of Calabuanan, Brgy. Pingit, Sitio Kinalapan, Bognoyas (Buhangin-near the cemetery), Puduk and Binilwag (Monrio), Pulo (Zabali), some parts of Duungan (Burgos St. near TESDA) and Reserva. AV Mijares Elementary School was also flooded. A portion of the riprap wall in Kinalapan River also gave in and part of the overflow bridge in Dicaloyungan was damaged.

“Floodwaters in Diteki and San Isidro villages in San Luis reached up to four feet.”

San Isidro was heavily flooded - again. Other flooded areas in San Luis are Ditumabo and Real. A person was electrocuted in San Isidro.

“Angara said that while landslides cut off the road network to Casiguran, Dinalungan and Dilasag towns, central Aurora continued to be accessible through the Pantabangan-Canili Road via Nueva Ecija. The Bongabon (Nueva Ecija)-Baler Road was not passable.”

The Pantabangan-Canili Road is “hardly” passable.

“Rampaging waters washed away the steel bridge in Dibacong in Casiguran and a temporary bridge in Villa, Ma. Aurora.”

The Cabituculan area in Ma. Aurora was also flooded - for the first time.

There were also reports of flooding in Dingalan. A person was also reported missing in Dingalan.

from ‘Agaton’ brings rains, landslides to villages
from journal online: Floods hit 26 villages in Aurora, Ecija


Landslide warning devices installed in Aurora

Trade Prods C. Luzon Provinces to Trade Aurora Products

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

from Pampanga: Trade prods C. Luzon provinces to trade Aurora products. “The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is encouraging businessmen in Central Luzon to look into the three major opportunities found from the abundant resources in Aurora province. Blesilda Lantayona, DTI 3 regional director, announced that Aurora province currently offers three major potential business projects for interested investors, companies and funding institutions geared towards turning Aurora into a producer of these consumer products. According to Lantayona, these projects are the proposed seaweed culture and production project; the expansion of the small-scale coco wine production project, both in Casiguran town; and the virgin coconut oil production project in San Luis town.”

Law and Order

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

Some Aurora related legal cases:

People vs Silva: “That on September 3, 1996 at around 10:00 o’clock in the evening, purposely sought to better accomplish their criminal design, at Sitio Diaboyo, Barangay Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora, Philippines, and within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, the said accused, conspiring and confederating together and helping one another, with intent to kill and with treachery and evident premeditation and use of superior strength, did then and there willfully, unlawfully and feloniously attack, assault and use personal violence upon the person of one Manuel Ceriales after abducting him and his brother Edmund Ceriales and while his feet were both tied with a rope and his hands tied at his back, by stabbing and beheading him causing his instantaneous death; that the accused also commenced the commission of the crime of murder upon the person of Edmund Ceriales directly by overt acts by also tying his two feet and his hands at his back with intent to kill, but the said accused did not perform all the acts of execution which should have produced the crime of Murder as a consequence, by reason of causes other than their own spontaneous desistance, that is, said Edmund Ceriales was able to escape while the accused were about to kill his brother Manuel Ceriales.” read more.

G.R. No. 160341: “On April 16, 1997, petitioner Exequiel Senoja, Fidel Senoja, Jose Calica, and Miguel Lumasac were drinking gin in the hut of Crisanto Reguyal in Barangay Zarah, San Luis, Aurora. An angry Leon Lumasac suddenly arrived at the said place, holding a bolo in his right hand and looking for his brother Miguel. Petitioner and Jose tried to pacify Leon. But when petitioner approached Leon, the latter tried to hack him so he embraced Leon and Jose took Leon’s bolo.” read more.

Ubongen vs Ubongen: “According to the complainant, the respondent was legally married to Dionisio F. Dela Cruz. She thereafter contracted a subsequent marriage with one Benjamin N. Ubongen on August 18, 1993 knowing that the latter was married to Ruth Notada Ubongen with seven children. The complainant added that the entire community where she resides was aware that she lived with Dionisio F. Dela Cruz in a single abode prior to the celebration of her second marriage. The complainant prayed that the respondent be preventively suspended and thereafter dismissed from the service “with prejudice,” and attached the respective marriage contracts alluded to.” read more.

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San Luis

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

I guess my clout ends at the Baler-San Luis border. I tried to cover the Ms. San Luis thing last Aug 23 but i was too far the people on the stage were smaller than the fingers on my outstretched hands. It started when a voiceover introduced the emcee which turned out to be the same voiceover guy. Later the production number was announced and the candidates walked onstage, stood for 2 minutes stretched their hands and did a little shake for about five seconds then stood for another 2 minutes before leaving the stage. What a number! I left before the swimsuit portion ended but not before noticing that the San Luis candidates are more beautiful than their Baler counterparts. I later learned that the candidate from Ditumabo won.

This is how the entrance of the San Luis Municipal Hall looks like during the entire fiesta week.

The Sabutan attire portion. I noticed some were recycled from the Baler event.

That’s how far i was from the stage. No VIP tickets for Batangbaler in San Luis.


Return to the Falls

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

One of the very first set of pictures I posted on the first version of Batangbaler was a trip to Ditumabo Falls on May 2001. It was not my first visit but going there was such an experience that every time seems to be the first. The last such trip for me was on 2002. I don’t know what the government officials in San Luis were thinking but instead of developing the place into what could probably be the best tourist destination in Aurora, they decided to turn it into an electric generator. They’re currently doing their thing there now and it looks ugly. The waterfall is still there, as majestic as before but the thrill of the journey is lost forever.

See the old pictures. Then see these. Then Compare.

One of the metal pipes that will be used for the Ditumabo Hydroelectric Power Plant was washed out and crushed like a tin can during the December typhoons.

The small dam two kilometers from the waterfall.

To the right of the dam (shown above) is this building that will house the turbines and generators of the power plant.


Ditumabo Falls Redux

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Wait ’til i post more pictures.

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