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Typhoon Paeng

Still no electricity here in Baler and the rest of the province. The sun is up and the sky is clear. The picture above is the only sign of damage I saw here in Baler, a fallen ipil-ipil tree in front of our building in ASCOT. Otherwise, everything is okay here. In the Dicadi area (northern Aurora about 200 kilometers from Baler), the story is different.

from inq7.net:‘Paeng’ weakens, exits RP:

Aurora took the brunt of the typhoon. Floods rose waist-deep as of 4 a.m. yesterday in the towns of Dilasag, Casiguran and Dinalungan.

A province-wide blackout began at 11 p.m. on Sunday. Electricity had not been restored as of 3 p.m. yesterday.

More than 300 families in Casiguran and 65 others from Dinalungan evacuated to the town centers to escape rising floodwaters. They began returning to their villages before lunch time.

Ramon Aquino, public works regional director, said Paeng’s winds blew the roofs off seven school buildings, a health center and barangay hall in Pangitahan, also in Dilasag.

The Baler-Casiguran and Baler-Bongabon roads in Aurora were not passable due to landslides, Aquino said. The only access route to Aurora was the Pantabangan-Canili Road via Nueva Ecija province.

A 28-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter drowned on Sunday night after strong waves whipped by Paeng’s winds washed away their hut on the coast of Dilasag town in northern Aurora. They were identified as Jocelyn and Iza Viares of Barangay Dimaseset in Dilasag.

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Typhoon Update

This is a report from the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council of Casiguran. Thanks to Mr. Larry Marco for texting me the details:

Typhoon Paeng update at of 2:00pm today, October 30, 2006: Partially damaged houses: 913; totally damaged houses: 33; affected families: 2,081; affected persons: 10,075; evacuated families: 70; evacuated persons: 350. Estimated cost of damaged/lost livestock and crops: Php 9,726,590.

There’s no electricity here since yesterday night. I’m posting this at AMCO Beach resort. They have generator and internet connection via Smart BRO.

In the news:

PGMA releases P200-M standby fund for Paeng’s ‘wrath’ Luzon folk flee from

Typhoon’s wrath Typhoon Cimaron kills 3 in Philippines

Typhoon Paeng (Cimaron) expected to hit Casiguran

Typhoon2000.com

from Bushman’s typhoon blog:

CIMARON (Paeng) is expected to become a ty- phoon today and shall resume its WNW track for the next 24 to 36 hours. The center is forecast to pass well to the north of Bicol Region by Sunday (Oct 29), with its closest point of approach of approximately 290 km NNE of Naga City around 2 PM. The 2 to 4-day (Oct 30-Nov 1) long-range forecast shows CIMARON making landfall just to the north of Casiguran, Aurora or over the Sierra Madre Mountains early Monday morning (Oct 30) and shall weaken as it crosses Northern Luzon passing over the provinces of Aurora, Quirino, Southern Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet & La Union. The center shall be over the South China Sea early Tuesday morning, Oct 31. Further weakening of CIMARON over the South China Sea is forecast due to poor atmospheric environment (cooler sea surface temperatures & increasing wind shear)

graphics above (click to enlarge) from typhoon2000.com. More info from the PAGASA. website.

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Hill 191

Hill 191

Ka Ending (Loreto V. Bihasa) is the only Balerian I know whose life story was turned into a movie. He was a soldier of the Philippine Batallion Combat Team that was sent to Korea in the 1950’s. He became a famous local hero because of his exploits in Hill 191, a battleground in Chorwon, Korea. When the place was attacked by the invading Chinese forces, Ka Ending was the only soldier who survived. After the war, a movie titled “Hill 191” starring Vic Vargas as Sgt. Loreto Bihasa was made.

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San Luis Fiesta 2006

San Luis, Aurora - Fiesta 2006

This is another “better late than never” photoset. The celebration of San Luis, Aurora’s foundation day, or “fiesta” happens every August 24-25, one week after Baler Fiesta. They have an annual Sabutan Festival there. Unlike in Baler where the sabutan shares center stage with the coconut every fiesta, the spotlight is on the sabutan alone in San Luis. For those not familiar with sabutan, it is a variety of palm where the leaves are used to weave different products like hats, bags and mats. It’s one source of income of San Luis residents. These pictures were provided by the Provincial Tourism Office. Special shoutout to Macmac for the pics.

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Philstar.com: Court junks NBI plea to retain custody of 4 Chinese nationals

by Manny Galvez:

BALER, Aurora — The regional trial court here denied the urgent motion filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seeking to retain custody of the four Chinese nationals facing charges in connection with the raid of a clandestine shabu laboratory in Dingalan town last August.

In a two-page order issued by RTC Branch 66 Judge Armando Yanga, NBI Director Nestor Mantaring was ordered to transfer the custody of Sy Tho, Whang Tha Ti, Chin Na Chua and Chen Chien to the provincial jail in Barangay Suklayin here within a non-extendible period of 10 days from receipt of the copy of the order.

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