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More Mutya ng Pilipinas Pictures

August 1st, 2009

With permission from the photographer Jory Rivera, here are his  pictures of the Mutya ng Pilipinas candidates during the press presentation on July 29.

Sheryl Rose Guerrero, Aurora

Candidate #18 – Sheryl Rose C. Guerrero (Aurora)

Athena Mae D. Imperial, Aurora

Candidate #1 – Athena Mae D. Imperial (Aurora)

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Mutya ng Pilipinas Online Voting – Vote Aurora!

August 1st, 2009

OPMB worldwide just opened the Mutya ng Pilipinas Online People’s Choice Poll. Just follow these instructions to vote for your favorite Aurora candidate:

  1. Go to the OPMB Worldwide forum –> http://opmbworldwide.com/forums-mb/
  2. Register for an account. It’s easy as eating cake. Register all your internet identities. If you have 10 email addresses use them all, it’s very important.
  3. After verifying your registration, go to this forum –> Mutya ng Pilipinas – OPMB Online People’s Choice
  4. Check the button after your favorite Aurora candidate (#1 or #18)
  5. Click on Submit Vote.
  6. Spread the news. Text everyone. Aurora’s future depends on this!

Somebody please translate this in Tagalog, Ilocano and Casiguranin and put the translation in the comment.

More Mutya ng Pilipinas Updates

August 1st, 2009

Ate Dons, Baler’s showbiz blogger will be blogging more about the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 activities. The blog is Donna Whatto Say!!.

There’s also lots of updates at Facebook. Just log-in or register at facebook.com and search for Batang Baler.

John Arcilla stars in Himpapawid, a film by Raymond Red

July 31st, 2009

Our main man John Arcilla stars in Raymond Red’s new film Himpapawid. The main character is played by Raul Arellano. The film’s website is here.

Inspired by a true event, Himpapawid (Manila Skies) tackles the astounding story of a lone deranged hijacker who is pushed to edge as he struggles with the oppression of surviving in modern Philippine society. The film dwells on the common story of a desperate simple man from the countryside searching for a decent means of living in the big city, Manila. He keeps stumbling as he moves from one “station of the cross” to another. In dire straits, he later joins an amateur gang plotting a wayward heist to get even with a corrupt employer. This ultimately ends in devastation. Further hounded by guilt that his father is helplessly ill in the province, he draws his last straw and plots the insane hijacking of a plane to finally take him to his ultimate destination – home or hell.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 @ 24 Oras

July 30th, 2009

The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 media presentation news from GMA’s 24-Oras last night:

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Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Pictures

July 30th, 2009

The pictures are up at the Mutya ng Pilipinas Flickr Site. These are the two candidates from Aurora. Photos by Ryan Sayat of OPMB Worldwide.


Candidate N0. 18. Sheryl Rose Guerrero


Candidate No. 1. Athena Mae Imperial.

The rest of the photos can be viewed here.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 – Official Candidates

July 29th, 2009

The 38 36 official candidates of Mutya ng Pilipinas were presented to the media this morning at the Edsa Shangri-la. This is the 41st year of the event. The candidates are:

Athena Mae D. Imperial, Aurora
Therese Anne Francesca Meelhelb, Northern California
Dominique Lagrimas, Camarines Sur
Disayrey Sayat, Batangas City
Ma. Katrina Lopez, Quezon City
Mary Grace Morala, Cotabato City
Melissa Paula Travora, Davao del Sur
Jennielyn Natividad, Quezon City
Jelyssa Madrid, Canada-Vancouver
Ana Baladad, Texas
Lovett Keziah Avenido, Cebu
Mae Lanie Chan, Manila
Jo Ann Peria, Palawan
Agnes Santiago, Pangasinan
Roselynn Solis, Tarlac
Lenny Gamboa, Pampanga
Abigaile Fausto, Navotas
Sheryl Rose Guerrero, Aurora
May Ann Buenaventura, Taytay
Christina McGarry, Midwest-USA
Karen Nacario, Cebu
Rene McHugh, East Coast-USA
Dianne de Vera, Romblon
Samantha East, Canada
Consolacion Timbol, Tarlac
Jacqueline Schubert
Jenn-roe Gubat, Bulacan
Jane Banares, Legazpi City
Nadine Karla de Roxas, Tagaytay City
Zsaharah Nor Mantawil, Davao
Marie Loraine de Guzman, Makati
Darlene Dina, Batangas
Deborah Humpfner, Germany
Hannah Pichay, Singapore
Pearlyn Hortelano, Cebu City
Nadine Halvorsen, Norway.

The list was from this Manila Bulletin news.

More updates: There are two candidates from Aurora, Sheryl Rose Guerrero from Baler and Athena Mae D. Imperial from Casiguran, however there were infos that Ms. Imperial appeared at Unang Hirit this morning sporting a Nueva Ecija sash. We’re still confirming.
Well, it was confirmed that Ms. Imperial is a candidate from Aurora. She didn’t wear a Nueva Ecija sash.

There was a sabutan gown design competition during the media presentation, and Sheryl Rose Guerrero of Aurora won the award for wearing the best designed sabutan attire (read the comments, the award she won was explained) . Cong. Sonny angara and Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo presented the award. Sheryl or She-She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Update: In keeping with Batangbaler’s tradition of integrity (naks!) we would like to correct that Ms. Sheryl Rose Guerrero, did not win the Best in Sabutan Gown award during the press presentation of the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 at the Shangri-La Hotel Last July 29. What was given to her was the Aurora Beauty Award, which, despite of it’s name is not exclusive for the candidates from Aurora. It’s just a coincidence that she won it. Let’s be clear about that. The winner of the sabutan attire competition will be announced during the coronation night on August 9.

Inquirer.net: 6 foreigners nabbed for poaching in RP waters

July 29th, 2009

from inquirer.net:

The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday said three Taiwanese and three Indonesians were arrested for illegally fishing within the Philippine territorial waters off Dilasag, Aurora.

Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesperson, said the poachers were on board the Taiwanese fishing vessel BK 7426 when they were caught poaching some 67 nautical miles off the village of Dinapiqui around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

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The New Batangbaler Forums

July 27th, 2009

Once again…with feelings:


Inquirer.net: Aurora hosts this year’s Mutya ng Pilipinas

July 26th, 2009

This is from inquirer.net:

IN KEEPING with its aim to promote beauty tourism, Mutya ng Pilipinas brings this year’s pageant to the historic province of Aurora. The national beauty contest crowns its new titleholders on Aug. 9.

This marks the third year in a row that Mutya ng Pilipinas is being held in a prime eco-tourism destination. In 2007, the contest was staged at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Last year, the pageant was held in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, the ecological frontier of the Philippines.

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Awesome Aurora!

July 26th, 2009

from Manila Bulletin:

It is not often we hear this province being promoted as a vacation and touring destination. We heard it made news when a foreign movie “Apocalypse Now,” (stars Robert Duval and Charlie Sheen) chose it as a location for a scene. Same is true with a local-award-winning movie “Baler.” Oftentimes, it lands on headlines when it has been battered by typhoons, landslides and shaken by a recent earthquake.

Little did we know that this province in the North Eastern most of Luzon is an awesome mixture of history, nature, and beauty! A place that is awesome as Aurora!

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3200+ Photos from Aurora Day 2007 Restored

July 24th, 2009

Aurora Day 2007

After almost week of all-night uploading, the lost Aurora Day 2007 pictures are now back online. These are more than 3200 pictures from the event lost somewhere in the server of the website for more than a year. I needed to upload them all again. Now all 5 readers of  Batangbaler have another reason to waste precious online hours. I deserve an iPod Touch for this.

The links to the pictures are here.

Up next: the 2006 pictures.