This Week’s Events

April 25th, 2009

ASRAI Longboard Invitational
April 24-26, 2009
Sabang Beach, Baler Aurora
Organized by the Aurora Surfrides Association, Inc

Padyak Para sa Kalikasan
Today, April 25, 2009
Central Aurora
Annual Bike Race to celebrate Earth Day
sponsored by aurora Multi-Sectoral Action Group

News

April 23rd, 2009

Some Baler news from the online newspapers:

from BusinessWorld Online: Baler Beauty

The 400th anniversary celebrations of Baler, Aurora, which began with the entry of Baler the movie in the 2008 Metro Manila Film Festival, continues with a joint visual exhibit by the Dimalangat Artists Community and the Batang Aurora Camera Club, two fledgling organizations that aim to capture the beauty of the province through art.

Click here for more (preview only) Click here for the full cached article from Google.com

from Business Mirror Online: Baler marks 400 years, to hold trade fair in Quezon City

Lobsters, sea bass, talakitok, tuna,blue marlin and pompano, as well as hard-to-come-by salad greens like pakò ferns and other vegetables, special rice and coffee will be available from today at the Department of Agriculture complex in Quezon City.

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from Business World Online: Aurora province to revive sabutan weaving industry

LOCAL OFFICIALS and stake-holders are considering promoting an indigenous fiber to tap new foreign markets and provide an alternative livelihood to residents in the municipality of Baler in Aurora.

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Ate Donna’s Tribute to Baler - Part 2

April 23rd, 2009

Soon to be a coffee table book. Here’s part 2 of Ate Donna’s Tribute to Baler. Stolen with permisssion from her facebook notes.

*****

Halina’t alalahaning muli
Ang mga bagay na magpapasaya
Magpapangiti….magpapahagalpak..magpapagulung..
At mag papa utut….sa inyu… sa kakatawa

Makipag bebel-le (bahay-bahayan sa iba)
Magtakayad ng bau o kawayan
Makipagtaguan at umuwi na sa bahay…pahirapan
ang taya sa paghahanap sa iyu, ande niya alam
maluwalhati ka na palang tulug sa inyu hanap pa
rin siya ng hanap…

Magkulut gamit ang tangkay ng kamuting kahuy
asos ay lahat na batang babai nuun… kulut gawa nitu

Makipaglaru ng “gurung-gurung” nag-aanu ka po?

Makipag salubibay 200…may dalawang punung saging
namunga…at nanupling…isang dalagita’t isang
dupling…susuut ang may gustu ang ayaw ay
tumakbu…bokalbu ginataang munggo ang tatay
mung kalbu…dyableg wala katuturan anu?

O de kaya pag medyu sosyal ka.. dun ka sa may lubid
na luluksu-luksu sa saliw ng I lab u telepon…telepon
bi en bot, bot en bi…sharon…sharon lab gabby

Magkipag syato…banggil,jolens, teks at mag-ipun ng mga
kaha ng sigarilyo…pinakamataas yung Philip pinaka
mababa yung kaha ng champion tama baga?
Mangolekta ng litid…(rubber band) akaw nakasampay
yung mga naka tirintas na pinagsama-sama ang kulay
magkabakas si Fr. Boyet saka si Eric F.

Magpakog-kog sa bayatu…ay may araw din iyan sila!!

Mag e bayabas sa may ilug ng Kinalapan….ay ho-a
andami nuun…may malaki pa kaming bakid na
lalagyan, nalagtas na ang balikat ku sa big-at!

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Baler 400: Art Exhibit and Agri Trade Fair

April 20th, 2009

Rally the troops!

Baler: A State of Mind Art Exhibit
April 20 - 24 30, 2008
featuring paintings of Dimalangat Arts Group and Batang Aurora Camera Club. NCCA Lobby,General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.
Opening: April 20, 2009 5:00 pm. (See you there)
presented by: National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Office of Sen. Edgardo J. Angara and the Provincial Government of Aurora.

Vincent Christopher Gonzales

Dimadimalangat by Vincent Christopher Gonzales (click here for more)

Update: The event had a successful opening last Monday. It was opened by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, NCCA Chairman Usec. Vilma N. Labrador, NCCA Executive Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez. Other national government officials also attended. Vice Mayor Pilot Bihasa also attended. There was a short program at the NCCA Lobby shortly after the opening and viewing of exhibits. It was hosted by Ricky Quezon-Avanceña who even made a shoutout to Batangbaler. Most of the artists who participated in the gallery were also present. Local star-singer Jaylorie Delos Santos and his band provided the live music for the occassion. The exhibit will run until the end of April. On May, it will be transferred to the Malacañang Gallery. Standby for the photos as i will still borrow them from the other Batang Aurora Camera Club members.

And special shoutout to the two readers of this blog who attended the opening - Pong and Aian of Blue Island. Rokenrol!

Flores De Mayo

Flores de Mayo by Kidlat

Aurora Agri-Fisheries Trade Fair
April 21-24, 2009
Bureau of Soils and Water Management
Department of Agriculture
Elliptical Road, Quezon City

Update: This was even bigger than the Art Exhibit. Sen. Edgardo Angara also opened the event with Gov. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo and the mayors of the municipalities of Aurora. The trade fair will still be up until today (April 23). Fresh and processed local foods, handicrafts and other local products are available.

The Official Baler, Aurora Website

April 17th, 2009

FINALLY! The Municipal Government of Baler has a website. 400 years after Fray Blas Palomino surfed the waves of labasin, the municipio peeps have finally done it! Congratulations to the MPDO for giving birth to this baby, and welcome to the internets guys! Now start updating! We can’t wait for the latest news.

The Baler, Aurora website address is baleraurora.net

Baler, Aurora

Disclaimer: Unlike the San Luis, Aurora website, I have no involvement with this project.

Ate Donna’s Tribute to Baler

April 17th, 2009

Huy! Batangbaler is still alive!

And to start the new season of this blog, we will present a facebook hit from Ate Donna, who has compiled (and still compiling) a sort of “Everything You Need to Know About Baler” list. So if you think you’re a true blue Balerian but can’t relate to half of these notes, then you’re in trouble. You’re on the wrong side of history baby!

Ate Dons already has 3 installments of this thing and the unsolicited additions are still pouring in like subasko. These should be compiled in a book, turned into a rap song, a musical or even a movie - Baler Part 2: Ehe Ay Oyo!

And here are the goodies!!!

SANG KA PA BAET?
(a tribyut to BALERyano’s)

Tayu na’t magpiknik sa Kalewan
Mag-e katid sa tulung ni Ka Bener
Asiman ng lamunyaw o kabulaw
Tunay nga namang ika’y mapapa akkaw

Mag sig-ang ng paraw na may pang asim na ngarit-ngit
Mag tatak ng pilaway
Pumunta sa Dibitognin at kumuha ng bitanga
Magsunggkit ng katt-ing… dapa

Magtaktak ng buting
Magsitsaron ng kibit ( huwag pakainin ang mga may ek-ek)
Put-tewan ng susu
Mag e angluy o ulabas sa tekewan
Mag ihaw ng singkag at usot
Kunutin at higupin ng malakas ang tunug

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I Finally Saw Baler the Movie

April 1st, 2009

Baler the Movie

I finally saw Baler the Movie. It was a fine yarn but between the dog that never ages and Anne Curtis’ french tip, I can’t feel the soul of the real Baler in the film. For me the highlight of the movie is the two-second clip featuring Mac Ritual (picture above). All in all, shots taken in Baler clocks in at less than 2 minutes.

And since this film is only based on the real story, the history is inaccurate and the geography is wrong. Teachers should not make the mistake of showing the movie to their students and present it as the real thing. The film is 99% showbiz. For the real story of the Siege of Baler, check out this website

The movie is now available on DVD. Check out kabayancentral.com

Dikasalarin

March 22nd, 2009

A few hours ago. Top of the hill.

Answer to your questions: Dikasalarin is still open to the public. You can go there anytime (I think).

Art News

March 20th, 2009

Something wonderful happened last month - an art gallery was opened in Baler. It’s called High Heeled Dumagats gallery and it opened during the Aurora week celebrations. The gallery is owned by balikbayan Diosdado “Dading” Gonzales and located in front of Quezon Memorial Park in Baler where the former Nyza drug house was located. I visited the place two weeks ago and over a couple of bottles of red wine talked with the owner and Mr Noli Guerrero about their plans for the gallery. One early project is the Sobkal Festival of the Arts happening on April 3-5 at the Quezon Park. I will post the details later in this blog. The latest gallery exhibit is called Baler: A State of Mind and features works of the Dimalangat Arts Group and other local artists of the Province. They’re also having an art workshop for kids.

Sobkal Arts Fest

Meanwhile:

Works of Joel Vedad is currently on exhibit at the Artasia Gallery. The gallery is located at SM Megamall Artwalk, Fourth Floor, Building A. Here’s a snip from Artasia Gallery’s website:

For the next six weeks (ongoing till April 15), our fine arts gallery will be hosting a number of Filipino talents through a noteworthy undertaking of group displays. Among the widely acknowledged painters participating in the running shows are Arturo Luz, Joe Datuin, Ross Capili, Buds Covocar, Anna Deleon, Omi Reyes, Migs Villanueva, Direk Louie Ignacio, Joey Martinez, Joel Vedad,Serafin Maddela,Romel Sampana and others.

Jeho Bitancor was one of the performance artists who had a show last February 21 at the Jajo Gallery in Newark, New Jersey. from the Jajo Gallery blog:

JEHO BITANCOR ia a cultural Centre of The Philippines Thirteen Artist Awardee of 2006, who has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, Singapore, USA, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Jeho has won several awards and distinctions, and is collected by the Singapore Art Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, National Commission for Cultural and the Arts, Aurora Provincial Government, Museuo de Baler, as well as several private collections.

and lastly, Rommel Espinosa was the country’s representative in the recently held 16th Nippon Internationa Performance Art Festival (NIPAF 09). The event happened on February 22 to March 9 at Tokyo, Yokohama, Kohnosu and Nagano in Japan. Participants were 12 foreign and 16 Japanese artists.

Rommel Espinosa

Rommel’s day job/night job is art director/production designer at GMA7. He was part of of the now retired Nuts Entertainment and is currently involved with Masquerade and the new show Cool Center (every Saturday after Imbestigador).

Akaw goes international!

Tourism Update

March 20th, 2009

Some updates from the Provincial Tourism Office:

Mdme. Charlotte M. alerted me about a 1-day jewelry-making exhibit happening at the Baler Municipal Plaza right this very moment - March 20, 2009. Buy and patronize the products of the women of Aurora!

And the youtube page of the Aurora Tourim Office has a new video: Aurora Philippines Friday the 13th Surfari. The surf spot is Dalugan, Casiguran, Aurora. Watch.

And I discovered that they also have a flick page. Check out the Tourism Aurora Flickr Page.

A website would be good.

11 charged with illegal mining

March 19th, 2009

from inquirer.net: 11 charged with illegal mining

Aurora police released nine Chinese and two Filipinos on Wednesday after filing four criminal cases against them for alleged illegal mining of black sand on the coast of Casiguran.

Go Kim Sing, Go Oh Hoi, Ti Kim Hang, Lim Kim He, Go Hong Keng, Go Keng Heng, Chin Hok Teng, Lim Kim Leong, Ho Kim Cheang, Engineer Gerry Dollente and Rey Alvis were sued for theft of minerals, illegal exploration, destruction of mining structure and false statement, said Senior Superintendent Romeo Teope, Aurora police chief.

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More News on Karl Winston Cacanindin

March 17th, 2009

More news on the newest pride of Aurora - Karl Winston Cacanindin, PMA topnotcher and true blue Batang Dipaculao:

from Saksi:


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from QTV:


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from 24 Oras:


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And from gmanews.tv: Many firsts for 2009 top PMA grad

Air Force Ensign Karl Winston L. Cacanindin on Monday went down to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) history books for many reasons.

For one, the Aurora native was the first valedictorian who was awarded both the Presidential Achievement Award for Academic Excellence Award and the Athletic Saber.

Also, Cacanindin was the first valedictorian who addressed both spectators and graduates in pure Filipino, taking off from the battle-cry of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, who was also from Aurora.

Cacanindin was also the only cadet who graduated magna cum laude this year. He also received the Philippine Air Force Saber, and a plaque each for Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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