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Christmas @ The Capitol

Pamaskong Handog ng PGA

We were invited as one of the judges in the Lantern Making Contest organized by the Provincial Capitol as part of this year’s Paskong Handog ng PGA last December 8. It’s the first day of the program that also includes the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, a program for kids featuring the Jollibee mascot, Christmas bazaar and nightly shows at the Capitol grounds.

Almost thirty lanterns made from recyclable materials were entered in the competition. There’s supposed to be a lantern parade but rains caused by typhoon Ruby got in the way. The “parols” were judged based on originality, craftsmanship and use of recycled/recyclable materials, and overall impact.

Paskong Handog ng PGA
The judges – Donnell Gomez, Sherwin Gonzales and Christine Noveras.

The winners:
PGA Lantern Making Contest
First Place – NFA. The “parol” was made from garlic and onion skins, grounded egg shells, rice, rice husks, and tahong shells.

PGA Lantern Making Contest
Second Place – DPWH. Made from dried coconut flower parts, plastic bottles, and PVC pipes.

PGA Lantern Making Contest
Third Place – PGSO. Made from welded iron bars, metal screens, cans and air filters.

The lanterns will be on display at the Capitol until the first week of January.


National Greening Program Aurora Week Starts Today

National Greening Program Week

The PENRO-REECS will lead the 5-day NGP Week starting today, December 1, 2014 at the Baler Municipal Plaza. Various events and activities will raise environmental awareness, enthusiasm and inspiration to NGP in Aurora among the various stakeholders and LGUs. A poster making contest, photo contest, advocacy meetings, trainings, and exhibits will be conducted to celebrate our greening activities and effort.

The 1st NGP Aurora Week will be held on December 1-5, 2014. Stakeholders, individuals and groups from the community, are enjoined to participate. “National Greening Program: Ang Ating Kagubatan at Kalikasan ay Kayamanan at Buhay” is the year’s theme.

The NGP Aurora Week will have the following activities:

Parade (PENRO to Baler Plaza)
Opening Ceremonies
NGP Exhibit

Training on Environment and Leadership
Seminar on Biodiversity/ Mountain Climbing
Tree Planting and Growing
Review to National Greening Program Aurora

Day 5
Stakeholders’ Meeting/Convention
Showcase of Accomplishment in IEC
Announcement of Photo Contest and Poster Making Contest Winners

The NGP Week is a week-long celebration composed of various activities to promote conservation and protection endeavour of National Greening Program. The celebration offers a unique collaborative opportunity for communities and organizations to work together for forest conservation and environmental rehabilitation. Also, participants will experience nature in a way they may never have had, learn something new, and discover conservation.

For more information,contact:
DENR-Region III PENRO-Aurora
Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies, Inc (REECS)
Sitio Puntangan, Brgy. Pingit, Baler, Aurora

(info from PENRO-Aurora/REECS)

San Luis, Aurora – No. 6 Top Performing Municipality in the Philippines for 2011

That’s from the report published by the Department of Interior and Local Government in their website on August 23. Considering that there are 1,491 municipalities in the country, being in the Top 6 is a great feat for San Luis. Mayor Annabelle Tangson posted this comment in my FB post about her town’s accomplishment:

Thank you sa mga opisyales at mga mamamayan ng San Luis. Nangyari Ito dahil sa ating pagkakaisa at mabuting pagsasamat, sa susunod dapat number one na. Taos pusong pasasalamat!

The DILG Report – Top Performing LGU’s, CYs 2009-2011

San Luis Top 6 Best Performing Municipality for 2011 - DILG Report.
San Luis Top 6 Best Performing Municipality for 2011 – DILG Report.

San Luis is also the top municipality in Aurora Province based on the Good Governance Index (2008) issued by National Statistical Coordinating Council.

Good Governance Index of Aurora Municipalites (2008) (source: www.nscb.gov.ph)
1. San Luis – 240.35/Rank 174
2. Dinalungan – 227.96/Rank 202
3. Casiguran – 216.22/Rank 248
4. Dipaculao – 187.41/Rank 364
5. Dilasag – 176.40/Rank 438
6. Baler – 175.74/Rank 444
7. Maria Aurora – 154.47/Rank 606
8. Dingalan – 115.13/Rank 1,110


Aurora Day Celebration 2011 – Schedule of Activities

Aurora Day 2011
Aurora Day 2011

Updated February 7, 2011

Feb. 7-13, 2011
Inter-Agency Sports fest
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora
Parade to be held on February 9, 2010

Feb. 9-13, 2011
5th Aurora Surfing Cup
Sabang Beach/Cemento Beach

Feb. 11-12, 2011
7th Skateboarding Competition
Capitol Grounds, Baler

Feb. 12, 2011
Camp Ravina, Baler, Aurora

Feb 13, 2011
Awarding: Sportsfest, Surfing, Skateboarding

Feb. 14, 2011
Grand Opening: Aurora Day Celebration 2011
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Araw ng Pagkilala
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Awarding: Best Performing Primary Cooperatives
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting – Tourism & Trade Fair
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Valentine’s Party
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Feb. 15, 2011
Drum & Lyre Competition
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora
Parade from Baler Municipal Plaza to Capitol Compound

Araw ng Mangingisda
Sabang Beach Baler, Aurora

Galing ng Aurora (Tuklas Talino)
Sentro Baler, Baler Aurora

Reggae Night
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Feb. 16, 2011
Carabao Race
Baler Central Sch., Baler Aurora

1st SEDJA Kayak Race
Tibag, Sabang, Baler, Aurora

Bb. Aurora 2011 Talent Night
Capitol Compound, Baler, Aurora

Feb. 17, 2011
Araw ng Magsasaka
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Bike Race
Sponsored by Sen Edgardo J. Angara

Bb. Aurora 2011 Coronation Night
Sentro Baler, Baler Aurora

RNB Night
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Feb. 18, 2011

Street Dancing Competition/
Launching of Kinagunasan Festival
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora
Parade: Baler Municipal Plaza to Capitol Compound

Gallery of the Sea
Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
Sponsored by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara

Fireworks Display
Sabang Beach

People’s Party
Sabang Beach

Acoustic Night
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Feb. 19, 2011
Baler Central Sch. Covered Court, Baler Aurora

Parada ng Lalawigan
Baler Central School to Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Anniversary Program
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Silent Drill and Paratrooper
Capitol Grounds

Governor’s Ball
Sentro Baler/Capitol Grounds

Info from Aurora Tourism Office
For more info: contact [email protected]

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.

Continue reading Some Aurora Videos to Cure (or Induce) Homesickness

Discovering Baler

from the Manila Standard Today online, another review of the Baler, Aurora book. By: Mae Gianina Cabalida.

As with all books, it’s not important what writers have been through, but what the writers produce and it’s not important what the book looks like, beautiful as it is, but what it contains.”— Manuel L. Quezon III.

Baler takes the reader into a journey through the capital town of Aurora, a province situated between lush and formidable mountains, and a vast coastline opening to the Pacific.

The book describes in detail a town that has been witness, and sometimes casualty to, a rich and colorful history. Originally three miles closer to the shore, Baler was transferred to its present site after a tsunami in 1735 wiped off the original town, leaving only five surviving families: the Angaras, Bijasas, Bitongs, Carrascos, Lumasacs and Pobletes.

Click here to read the full article