Jose Johann Bitancor – 2nd Solo Exhibition

Jose Johann Bitancor

If you’re somewhere near Seattle, Washington, don’t miss this painting exhibit of Balereño Jose Johann Bitancor. Titled Timeline, this is his 2nd Solo Exhibit to be held from December 13, 2014 to January 23, 2015 at the Lynnwood Library Art Gallery, 19200 44th Ave. W. Lynnwood Washington, USA.

Jose Johann Bitancor

Before devoting himself full-time into painting, Jose Johann Bitancor has been a seasoned Visualizer/Graphic designer in the Philippines. As a designer, his practice ranged from exhibition designs to Advertising and Promotional materials for several Communications and Marketing Firms. Upon his migration to the U.S. in 2003, he sought to further increase his knowledge and enrolled at the University of Memphis, Memphis Tennessee in 2004, during which he was also granted a scholarship at the Memphis College of Art, Memphis Tennessee in 2006. Very recently, his longtime passion for sculpture produced several works in wood. Coupled with relentless experimentation with materials, his works now include textural abstractions based on everyday life’s experiences.

A graduate of Fine Arts from Far Eastern University, Manila Philippines in 1996. Bitancor has won several awards and distinctions in the Philippines and in United States. He also exhibited his works in various galleries and museums in the Philippines, Guam and the United States such as U.P. Vargas Museum-Diliman, Bencab Museum-Baguio, Rochester Contemporary Art Center-New York, Bliss on Bliss Art Projects-New York, Topaz Arts- New York, Seattle-Washington, Shoreline-Washington, Germantown Performing Art Centre-Tennessee, Tumon Guam among others.

Aurora NGP Week Photo Contest

National Greening Program Week

As a part of the National Greening Program Week – Aurora, the PENRO-REECS is having a photo contest open to all amateur and professional photographers of Aurora. The grand prize is a mountain bike plush cash. Here are the mechanics of the contest:


The photo contest is open to all interested amateur or professional photographers of the Province. Photos should best describe the NGP Week Theme (“National Greening Program: Ang Ating Kagubatan at Kalikasan ay Kayamanan at Buhay”). Participants should comply with all contest requirements. Registration is only one hundred pesos (PhP100) and shall be conducted at the Exhibit Area on December 1-4, 2014, 9am-4pm. A short briefing will be conducted by the PENRO/REECS during registration. Submit your best shots, maximum of five (5) photos per photographer.  Submissions are due by Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bring printed Entry Photos at Exhibit Area letter size (8.5”x11”) and for e-file send entry photos to or send a message with the file to facebook account: NGP Aurora Week. Each photo should include (printed photos):

i. A title for the shot
ii. The photographer’s name, address and contact nos.
iii. Also include the date and place the photo was taken as well as any details of the photo
Photo must conform to the following specifications:
· JPEG / JPG format
· If your photos are shortlisted, you will be asked to re?submit them in high resolution (300 dpi on A3 size paper). If deemed necessary, an entrant may also be requested to submit the original source files.
· No blended exposure, HDR, Multiple exposures, noise reduction, blurring digital effects / filters addition and subtraction of elements
By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographer attests that:
a. Entry is an original photograph (No Photoshop-ping / No Post-Processing or other digital manipulation)
b. S/he created the image and owns full copyright to pictures submitted.
c. Entrant is prepared to certify this attestation on request
d. Submitted image has not been published in the past nor presented in any past photo contests.

All photos submitted / entered will be initially evaluated by the PENRO/REECS for relevance, appropriateness and compliance with the rules. The team will simply select the photos that strike them most based on creativity composition, artistic merit, brilliance and richness of the colors and the adherence to the Theme.

Participants with successful entries will be notified through text and be invited on the programs. Chosen photos will be posted on the exhibits and will be use for the property of PENRO/REECS in IEC Campaign materials. Note that photographers will be recognized.

Grand Prize: Mountain Bike + Cash (worth PhP1, 000.00)
First Prize: PhP1, 500.00 + Gift Certificate (worth PhP1, 000.00)
Consolation Prizes: T-Shirts for those who will not be chosen.

For further queries on the mechanics, please contact Ms. Chea Pantua at 09165388277/09089964573 or you may send email thru:

Facebook Page:  NGP AURORA WEEK

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)

Baler and Quezon City to Ink Sisterhood Agreement

On December 1, 2014, Baler Mayor Nelianto Bihasa and Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista will sign a sisterhood agreement at the Quezon City Hall.

Baler-QC Sisterhood Agreement

From the Municipal Government of Baler’s FB Page:

On Dec. 1, 2014, Quezon City and Municipality of Baler, Aurora – the city that Pres. Manuel Luis Quezon created and the town where he was born – will sign the Sisterhood relationship agreement and friendship affiliation.

LGU-Baler Elected Officials headed by Mayor Nelianto C. Bihasa, Department Heads and Non-Government Organizations will attend the Flag Raising Ceremony and MOU Signing at Quezon City Hall to be hosted by City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte.

The said agreement will foster historical and cultural ties of Quezon City and Municipality of Baler and to encourage mutual understanding, friendship and peace through tourism and goodwill among their people, encourage social & cultural exchanges, forge strong economic ties between the two local governments and exchange innovative procedures and practices which will greatly aid both parties in good governance.

The agreement was made possible thru Baler SB Resolution No. 055-2013 and Quezon City Resolution No. 5855 s. 2014 and the efforts of Baler Aurora Ngayon Angkan at Kasaysayan (BANAK) Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization that aims to promote and advance the study of the history and culture of Baler and the Aurora Province and to undertake activities beneficial to the municipality/province and its people.

Tara Aurora! Event Commemorates Villa Aurora Tragedy

Villa Aurora

In commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of the Villa Aurora tragedy, local radio station DZJO-FM 101.7 will spearhead an event titled Tara Aurora! on November 30, 2014. With the theme “Hakbang para sa Kalikasan, Tulay sa Kaunlaran” it will start with a caravan early in the morning from the Baler Municipal Plaza to Brgy. Villa Aurora, Maria Aurora, Aurora where a commemorative program will be held. There will also be a tree-planting ceremony and launching of skills training to be headed by Mr. Leonilo Beltran, 2014  Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino Awardee.

If you’re interested to join this event, contact:
Bayanihan Broadcasting Corporation
SPIRIT FM – CMN Baler, Aurora
101.7 MHz
Rooftop RC Building, MCC Compound
Rizal St., Brgy., 04, Baler, Aurora
Hotline: 09399397513 Email address:
Look for Mr.Zeus A. Gofredo

BatangBaler is 13 Years Old

Batangbaler 13th Anniversary gig.
Batangbaler 13th Anniversary gig.

Today, October 4, is Batangbaler’s 13th birthday. It’s officially a teenager and can now go to gigs so we set up one. If you’re anywhere near Baler tonight, just go to cautiBAR and GRILL – along the beach road and just before Camp Ravina – and let’s celebrate 13 years of Batangbaler with an Akawstik Jam.

Thanks to all the event sponsors – cautiBar and Grill, Beredeman Production, Ms. Vira Arceo, Atty. Sharon Teh, and all the bands and performers.

Visit the BatangBaler FB Page for updates –>

The Shores of Dipaculao

I’m slowly uploading photos of my recent solo motorcycle road trip from Baler to Dinadiawan. I started taking photos at Amper and frequently stopped to take pictures of great views at Ditale, Diarabasin, Borlongan, Dianed and Dinadiawan. The roads were already concreted all the way to Dinadiawan so taking the trip is a breeze. The photos are at the BatangBaler FB Page.

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