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Photos from the North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Some photos from the recently held North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo. Provided by the Aurora Provincial Tourism Office. Aurora won the Best Destination Pavilion Award, the top award in the expo.

North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo

Aurora beauties modeling sabutan-made bags and “folders”.

North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo

And the sabutan-made dress.

North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo

The one with the umbrella is the reigning Bb. Aurora Rdelyn Friginal.

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Aurora Philippines: One Destination, Endless Adventure

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

This latest promo video from the Aurora Tourism Office features a motherload of things you can do while in Aurora. Personally, I tried only the trek thingy. Watch:

I like their new copy “One Destination, Endless Adventure”. It’s better than the BACkronym “Breathtaking, Adventure, Complete”. And no politician in sight in the whole video. Wonderful!

Sisid Uli

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Isa na namang sisid video mula sa Provincial Tourism Office:

Ito ay kuha sa Baler, Aurora. Ang video na ito, kagaya ng iba pang mga Aurora underwater videos na galing sa Provincial Tourism Office ay kuha ni Ernan Dukha at inedit ni Ryan Ritual. Kasama din sa pagbi-video ang batikang si Macmac Ritual.

Tabsung na!

Swimming Pool sa Boundary

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Noong ginagawa ang Baler-Bongabong Road nung dekada 20, may dalawang ginawang rest house para sa mga manggagawa ng kalsada at para sa mga dumadaan doon. Ang isa ay ang sa Villa Aurora at ang isa naman ay sa lugar na tinatawag nating Boundary. Mula sa Reminiscence ni Poppo Olag:

From the hamlet of Kalanan, a winding unpaved road zigzags dizzily along the curve of hazy-gray mountain cliffs to the scenic spot of Boundary. This demarcation site between the provinces of Nueva Ecija and northern Tayabas (Quezon), now Aurora province was developed into a resting station as sanctuary for the road builders. The development started in 1926 during the tenure of Manuel A. Gonzales, the ninth mayor of Baler in conjunction with the construction of Baler-Bongabong national road.

Boundary is located roughly about 68 kilometers west of the town of Baler on the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges overlooking the Pacific Ocean which stands some thousand meters above sea level. Its climate is airy and refreshing, phenomenally cool during the months of October through March, and marvelously pleasant from April through September. Because of its excellent climate, varieties of orchids grew luxuriantly in its surrounding, besides the evergreens that made the place mystically mesmerizing.

At the summit stands a rest house, and from its location the panoramic vista of the blue Pacific silhouetted by the Sierra Madre peels back with breathtaking sceneries. A slippery lane connects the rest house to the national road, and some hundred meters below is a swimming pool designed and engineered by Mother Nature. Shaded by giant ferns, towering trees, and impenetrable by sunlight, the pool is chillingly cold.

Pareho nang wala ang dalawang rest house na iyon. Pero ang binabanggit na swimming pool ay naroon pa at mahabang panahon na nalimutan. Ngayon ay na-restore na uli ang lugar. Pwede na uling pagpiknikan at paliguan. Di ito kaagad makikita dahil ito ay nasa bahaging ibaba ng daan. Ang makikita lamang ay isang billboard na nagtatanda kung nasaan ito.

Ito ang isang video ng lugar na nakita ko sa Youtube:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLKpXGhywyQ[/youtube]

Kwentong Luwas

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Talagang de kumpleto ang pagiging taga-Baler mu pag wala kang kwentong luwas. Kung ikaw ay may kwentong luwas, byahe, hilo, sukahan, stranded, agawan sa jeep at bus, landslide, kain sa villa, at marami pang iba, i-share na ninyo dito sa comment. Ang may pinakamagandang istorya ay may premyong bonamine.

Na inspire ako ng kwentong ito mula sa blog ng Tropang Spider, ang mga Batch 12 ng ANSHS: Tara na Byahe Tayo! ( Papaitan, Lugaw, Dyamengo, Adobong Pusa, Lucy Express atbp.)

Si(la) Suki. Ay kilalang kilala itu ng mga tiga baler. Kahit nung sa may lumang palengke pa lang ang paradahan ng mga Bus at Jeep na paluwas, at de pa pwede daanan ang Canili, tau na sila. Sila yung nagtitinda ng suman na mga tiga buhangin(?).Yung isa yung kulut na medyu makapal ang make-up sa mukha at yung isa naman yung kulut din na medyu chubby ( may premyo ang makakahula ng pangalan nila). Sila ay si Suki, dahil suki nila lahat ng pasahero. Peru de naman sila kagaya ng mga nagtitinda sa terminal ng Cabanatuan na pag tiningnan mu lang o nagtanung ka ay babayaran mu na yung tinda nilan Zest-O o mani, pag de mu binayaran, nanghaharass sila, masyadung mga bayolente. Mabait sila suki kahit medyu pabagu bagu ng presyo ang kanilang tinda. Pag akyat mu ng Bus, aalukin ka ng suman, P30 isang tali (ang isang tali ay sampung pirasu). Pag medyu alam na nilang paalis na ang sasakyan, makukuha mu na lang ng P15-P20 isang tali. Regular figures pa rin sila hanngang ngayun sa terminal ng Genesis sa Duongan at sa terminal ng Van at D-Liner sa palengke.

Basahin ng kumpleto ang kwento

Para sa mga Turista

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Medyo tambak ang gawain ng inyong abang lingkod kaya tagyapun muna sa mga posts. Samantala, pagdamutan muna ninyo ang isang magandang slideshow na ito ng mga magagandang lugar ng Aurora. Ito ay gawa ni Ryan ng Aurora Provincial Tourism Office.

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=IDEsyYJKVJw[/youtube]

Dinadiawan Beach, Dipaculao, Aurora

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Dinadiawan Beach, Dipaculao, Aurora

Last February 26th, I posted this photo without telling where it was. If you’re still guessing, the place is in Dinadiawan, in Dipaculao. This is an overnight picnic of sorts by the hardworking peeps from the Provincial Tourism Office to take a break from months of torture they suffered during the Aurora Day celebrations and also as a birthday bash of the office overlord chief who is now having a different kind of picnic somewhere on the other side of the globe. The four hour trip to Dinadiawan is another form of torture in itself, but it’s all worth it.

Dinadiawan

There’s the place as seen from Google Earth.

Here are the pictures. Click on the slideshow to biggify.

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SharenI uploaded the pictures last May 8 and procrastinated on posting about it on this blog until today. Much has happened in those 16 days. The election reshuffled some government posts in the Province, and one friend who was with us during the Dinadiawan trip suddenly passed away last May 17 – Sharen Jamora. She was a staff at the tourism office and I had a chance to work with her during the preparation for the Aurora Day celebrations. She was also a fellow tour guide and a co-alumnus at ANSHS. She will be greatly missed.

Aurora Tours – Surfin’ Aurora

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Joseph Gonzales Photo

This is the second tour package being offered by the Aurora Tourism Office. This one is for the adven-tourist and those who want to experience the famous surfing waves of Aurora. The first package – Aurora Oddysey can be viewed here. Spread the news!

SURFIN’ AURORA
3 Days/2 Nights; Minimum of 4 persons per package
Php 4,150 per person/Php 5,650 per person for beginners (includes 6 hours of surfing tutorial)

Inclusions:

  • 3 days/ 2 nights twin sharing accomodation at Bay’s Inn/ AMCO Beach Resort/ Bahia De Baler
  • Full board meals
  • Souvenir items
  • Roundtrip transfers & vehicle rental for the tour
  • Surf Guide service
  • Net inclusive

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