Archive for the ‘Typhoon’ Category


Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

from abs-cbn interactive:abs-cbn interactive: possible landslides and flash floods especially in Aurora and Quezon as the tropical depression is expected to affect these provinces that were badly hit by natural disasters in November and December last year owing to continuous rains. Labuyo, which is expected to affect Metro Manila, would be 130 kilometers north-northeast of Legazpi City Tuesday afternoon and 80 kilometers southwest of Baler, Aurora, by Wednesday afternoon.

from The Manila Bulletin Online:3 Aurora towns still isolated by floods and landslides. The northern towns of Dinalungan, Casiguran and Dilasag, this province have been isolated since Friday when some sections of the Baler-Casiguran Road were blocked by landslides triggered by continuous downpour.


I was watching the news on TV this morning and Labuyo, the typhoon, was on the headline. They specifically mentioned Aurora and advised us to prepare for this one because the typhoon might cause another round of flash flood. Or a section of the Sierra Madre might collapse ang bury the whole province (my idea). I bet news crews from ABS-CBN and GMA7 are now rushing to Baler to meet Labuyo and to be on location in case mother nature decides to drown us again.

We already have electricity since Sunday night. Someone drowned in Maria and another one was covered with landslide in Dipaculao.


Thursday, July 7th, 2005

from Villagers flee homes as ‘Emong’ hits Aurora province. Fearing another round of landslides, at least 100 families in Dingalan, Aurora, fled to higher ground on Tuesday as rains brought by tropical depression “Emong” hit town, said officials.Dingalan Councilor Shiela Taay said residents of Barangay Paltic sought refuge in houses of relatives or fled to the Dingalan Bay Resort.Insp. Almario Evaristo, the town’s police chief, said the residents panicked.”They have developed phobia,” Evaristo said, referring to the landslides and flash floods that struck Dingalan in November last year.


Meanwhile in Baler, i failed to get the news that there was a typhoon coming. It was raining all day last Tuesday and i noticed that the Kinalapan River swelled to suspicious level. The rain switched to drizzle mode during the night. I saw a convoy of ABS-CBN OB van and pickup all lit-up like they’re expecting another show like the December 2004 one. Too bad for them. The next day was a hot sunny day aside from the freak rainstorm that lasted for 30 minutes around 2 pm. Then it was sunny again. That’s the weather report, this is Kidlat signing out.

Rock Aid

Monday, February 21st, 2005

100% of the profits will be going to UNICEF for their relief efforts in Quezon, particularly the towns of Real, Infanta, Gen. Nakar, Polilio Island (Quezon Province) and Dingalan (Aurora Province).

Read the Philmusic article.


Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Villa Aurora was on network news the past two days. 24 Oras, GMA 7’s primetime news program featured Kapuso Foundation’s school rehabilitation program. The elemetary school in Villa Aurora was covered by a landslide during the November 30 typhoon. Well not only the school but the whole place. The foundation, with the help of Habitat for Humanity and the local officials, will put up a new school at the mountaintop of Sitio Dimani. No less than Mel Tiangco, did the groundbreaking for the construction. Good news.

Balikas – Barakong Kape

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

Edelio Delos Santos is the Editor-in -Chief of Balikas, a livelihood, environment, and community newspaper circulated in the Calabarzon, Area. He hailed from San Isidro, San Luis, Aurora. His regular column in the paper is Barakong Kape. This is his latest article:

Kwentong TV at Baha sa Aurora. Dumating ang ilang magkakasunod na bagyo na nagdulot ng pag-apaw ng Ilog Dikildit na katabi ng aming barangay. Sikat bigla ang San Isidro, halos kalahati ng aming barangay ay lumubog sa baha. Ang binahang bahagi ay ang Purok Tres, na tinatawag naming “Tondo,” kung saan karamihan ng nakatira’y mahihirap na magsasaka. Ilang linggo ang inabot bago humupa ang tubig.

Villa Now

Monday, January 3rd, 2005


Oplan Villa Aurora

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Part 3 of Aurora Volunteers’ relief operation in Villa Aurora on December 31st was another success. The Villa residents are now in Sitio Dimani and we were able to give them our small yuletide presents. Going to the place is another story, the road was one big landslide from Diteki to Villa, and i guess up to Labi in Bongabong. Most of the concrete roads are now gone or unusable and the road condition reverted back to the 1960’s. Villa is one big mess of a place. All structures were either submerged in sand or covered with landslides.

Big thanks again to those who helped with the goodies and the actual operation. Thanks also for the pandesal, the lunch, the cake and the merienda. Our New Year felt much much better.

Some part of the road are so bad we have to get out of the jeep and walk. Notice the concrete double box culvert thrown out of the road.

Cooling off the engine. We were perched on the roof of the jeep because priority was given to the goods. During the operation, people were treated only as second class cargo.


Aurora Volunteers

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Between typhoon Yoyong and Christmas the Batangbaler people managed to formalize a group and incorporate a non-profit organization called Volunteers for Aurora Province, Inc. aka Aurora Volunteers. Under the name, we successfully completed part 2 of our relief operation on December 26, this time with a certified doctor and some instant nurses and pharmacists to set up a one-day clinic at San Isidro, San Luis Aurora one of the worst flooded barangay in Central Aurora. We managed to give medical services to more than 80 persons and give relief foods and used clothings to more than 100 families. We also gave infant products and milks to about 30 kiddies and raffled off 5 blankets or banigs.

Then off we go to Sitio Tirung somewhere in Obligacion, Baler, Aurora. We gave about 100 bags of relief goods, infant and children products, blankets, towels, used shoes and sandals.

We also gave 30 bags of goods to our contact in Pingit for distribution the next day.

Part 3 of our operation will be on December 30 or 31 at Brgy. Villa and Dimani.

San Isidro, San Luis, Aurora Operation

The guys and the goods at the take-off point, Rizal St, Baler, Aurora

Aurora Volunteers Forever, arrival at San Isidro


Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year To All!

Buhangin, Baler, Aurora

Paltic, Dingalan Aurora

Baler, Aurora

Thanks to the Provincial Government of Aurora for the pictures.


Thursday, December 23rd, 2004

Villa Aurora Video

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This is an aerial shot of the part of Baler-Bongabong Road leading to Villa Aurora. This is a 60 second streaming video and can be viewed using Windows Media Player or other apps. Just click on the link or right-click and choose Save Target As..

Video courtesy of the Provincial Government of Aurora through DPWH and the Provincial Tourism Office.

Adios Villa Aurora!

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

Villa Aurora before:

photo by: Olin Duaso

photo by: Kidlat

Villa Aurora now:

photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Aurora

photo courtesy of Provincial Government of Aurora

Batangbaler through Volunteers for Aurora is still accepting donations. Please scroll down the page or click here for info.

Help Is Still Needed

Friday, December 17th, 2004

“After the initial outburst of concern and support and assistance, it’s when the news dwindles on the front pages that help is that much more needed.” – MLQ3