At the Oh My Pilipinas Kong Mahal blog, there’s a series of posts about places in the Philippines that has the same names. Accorfint to the blog, there are “more than 120 names in this country that are used by two or more towns or cities.”
Now letâ€™s go to Aurora. Yes, the name is of that venerable first â€œfirst ladyâ€ of this country and wife of then president Manuel L. Quezon. The most prominent â€œAuroraâ€ is the province (her very own) â€“ which naturally, rightfully and fortunately was named after her. She was from Baler which is one of the 8 towns of the province. This is one of the countryâ€™s surfing capitals second only to Siargao. Well, in the province of Aurora, there is a town named Maria Aurora. Youâ€™d think the people from that province canâ€™t get enough of immortalizing her! But no, the town is not named after her. That name is after her eldest daughter Maria Aurora who died with her when they were ambushed in Nueva Ecija on their way to inaugurate the Quezon Memorial Hospital in Baler. Who were the culprits? Ironically, it was the HUKBALAHAP (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon). Gosh!
So where are the other Auroras? One is a town in the province of Isabela (Region 2) by its border with the province of Ifugao in the Cordilleras and another is a town in the westernmost fringe of Zamboanga Del Sur kissing Panguil Bay and Lanao Del Norte province! The former is of course an agricultural town that produces a good percentage of the fruits and vegetables we can see in many a palengke all over Luzon. The latter is a coastal town but the community is high up at about a thousand feet from sea level steeply sloping down to beaches. A fairly good candidate for tourismic activities if developed!
Letâ€™s go to Casiguran. Many a Filipino would be familiar with that name as it is most often a point of reference when talking about storms. Radio and TV reports would usually say â€œthe storm is XXX kilometers east-northeast of Casiguranâ€. And they all mean the town of Casiguran in the province of Aurora. Surely, many of us also know that it is in the same area/province as Baler, another surfing paradise. But of course, like any town in the eastern seaboard of the country, sunrise is fantastic at Casiguran. Now donâ€™t get confused, farther down almost to the southern tip of Luzon on the eastern part of Sorsogon province (Region 5 â€“ Bicol) is a town also named Casiguran. Eastern part yes, but no, it does not face the pacific. Itâ€™s actually in the Sorsogon Bay area. Like most of the Sorsogon towns, this Casiguran is also a sleepy farming community.
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- Historical Data of Casiguran 1952 - January 30, 2016
- How to Get to Baler - May 1, 2015
- Aurora Day 2015 Events - February 4, 2015
- Christmas @ The Capitol - December 9, 2014
- Google Earth – Baler 2014 - December 7, 2014
- Jose Johann Bitancor – 2nd Solo Exhibition - December 4, 2014
- Aurora NGP Week Photo Contest - December 3, 2014
- National Greening Program Aurora Week Starts Today - December 1, 2014