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The Shores of Dipaculao

I’m slowly uploading photos of my recent solo motorcycle road trip from Baler to Dinadiawan. I started taking photos at Amper and frequently stopped to take pictures of great views at Ditale, Diarabasin, Borlongan, Dianed and Dinadiawan. The roads were already concreted all the way to Dinadiawan so taking the trip is a breeze. The photos are at the BatangBaler FB Page.

The 1st StokedInc. Philippine Wahine Classic

Philippine Wahine Classic

Nothing to do in Baler this weekend? Watch the 1st StokedInc. Philippine Wahine Classic, happening on October 5-6, 2013 at the Aliya Surf Resort, Baler Beach. From the event page: “The goal of The Philippine Wahine Classic is to encourage and empower the female population who has fallen in love with the sport of surfing and the lifestyle that is synonymous with it. We encourage all our surfing wahines to join us for this great weekend, whether to compete or not, to show support for your fellow lady sliders!”

Wahine is the Hawaiian word for woman and the word used to describe a female surfer.

Visit The Surf Institute for more info.

Kuli-Kuli Adventures

Trek to Kuli-kuli.
Trek to Kuli-kuli.

A couple of weeks ago I got a tip from fellow photographer Jaymar about this other waterfalls in L. Pimentel, so we planned to go there and take pictures. I also decided to have a brief detour to Banju Springs in Brgy. Real, a tourist destination with very few online presence. So I posted an announcement in the Aurora Camera Club FB page about the trip and some group members responded. The date was set to Sunday, September 1. The meeting place was at the Quezon Park and I went there early to chek what’s new at the Museo de Baler – nothing. I saw Von and Mato waiting for me when I got out of the museum. There’s also Eddieboi but he’s just there for a quick meet and greet because he can’t come. We took off in our motorcycles a little after 10 am, had a brief stop at Caltex for provisions and fuel then off we went to San Luis. At Disalet Bridge, Rey and Jaymar and his friend were waiting for us. A few more chit-chats then off we go.

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Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor Surf and Music Festival 2011 (October 29-31, 2011)

Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor Surf and Music Festival 2011 (October 29-31, 2011)

This October 29-31, 2011, Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor bring to you the biggest surfing event of the year!

Get ready for an action-packed weekend featuring two of modern life’s greatest things: surf and music!

It’s gonna be a surf fest as Aloha Boardsports team riders Luke Landrigan, Okoy Rojo, Jeff Dela Torre, Saddam Faraon, Nikki Dela Paz, Buji Libarnes and Mike Oida teach you the 101?s of surfing. With some of the best Filipino surfers as your instructors, you’ll be riding the waves of Baler in no time!

And if you think you got skills already, take on Travel Factor’s SURFVIVOR Challenge IV, the first and original beginner surfing competition in the Philippines. Awesome prizes await the winners! For competition rules, pls. refer here.

And of course, the music. Prep your ears for some serious beats as some of the finest DJs keep the beach scene pumping. We’ve got your every night covered! Featuring performances from Franco, Wolfgang, Pedicab, Tropical Depression, Coffee Break Island, Salamin, and many more! Sabang Beach will never be the same.

And if that’s not awesome enough, we’ve still got some more! Learn how to throw and catch a disc, and then some, at our Ultimate Frisbee clinic. And if you’re up for adventures on wheels, check out our mountain bike tour of Baler. It’s gonna be an epic weekend.

All roads lead to Baler! See you at the festival!

*The “Aloha Boardsports & Travel Factor Surf & Music Festival 2011? is EXCLUSIVELY offered by Travel Factor. For bookings and complete packaged tours, please visit www.travelfactor.org or email [email protected]

Visit Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor Surf and Music Festival 2011 Facebook Page for more details.

National Museum Holds 3rd Nature Walk in Baler, Aurora

National Museum Holds 3rd Nature Walk in Baler, Aurora

This is from the National Museum website. I think it’s a great tour package. If  I’m not living here in Baler, I will sign up for this. The tour price is 6,500 bucks and includes transportation, meals and snacks.

After conquering the magnificence of Mt. Banahaw in 2009 and discovering the nature-abundant Prieto-Diaz, Sorsogon in 2010, the National Museum of the Philippines, this year, brings its Nature Walk training to the panoramic Baler, Aurora.

Nature Walk is one of the regular educational activities of the National Museum organized and implemented by its Museum Education Division. It aims to disseminate the museum’s knowledge and expertise in the area of natural history, providing experiential learning in an outdoor environment for better appreciation of nature and natural heritage conservation.

The four-day training which will take place from May 3-6, 2011 in Baler, Aurora is expected to be participated in by science teachers and students, nature lovers, environmentalists and tourism officers. Facilitating the activities are experts on botany, zoology and geology both from the National Museum and other institutions.

Nature Walk 2011 includes lecture, demonstration, nature observation and other outdoor activities. Stargazing using conventional and digital device is an added exposure for participants.

For more information and reservation, please get in touch with Mr. Mel Lagartija or Ms. Rizza Salterio of the Museum Education Division at telefax no. 5270278 or email at [email protected] (news from the National Museum website)

Also read the news from abs-cbnnews.com – National Museum offers 4-day tour of Baler

Some Aurora Videos to Cure (or Induce) Homesickness

The creative people of the Aurora Provincial Tourism Office have been consistently producing and uploading promo videos of Aurora. They do these in-house and most videos were shot by Mac Ritual and edited by Ryan Ritual. Here are some samples.

Aurora Philippines – One Destination, Endless Adventure.

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Digisit 2010

Digisit 2010
Digisit 2010

Digisit is just 15 minutes away from ASCOT where I work so I like to go there whenever i needed to cure a “bonog” or to exorcise the devil. Now it’s flirting with development with the road concreted all the way to Dikasalarin and most properties fenced and staked. It looks like the place is now the one needing exorcism.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PICTURES – DIGISIT 2010

DIGISIT 2005

TREK TO DIKASALARIN 1991

DIGISIT 1988