Philippine places with common names

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.”

About Aurora:

Now let’s go to Aurora. Yes, the name is of that venerable first “first lady” of this country and wife of then president Manuel L. Quezon. The most prominent “Aurora” is the province (her very own) – 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 country’s surfing capitals second only to Siargao. Well, in the province of Aurora, there is a town named Maria Aurora. You’d think the people from that province can’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!

About Casiguran:

Let’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 “the storm is XXX kilometers east-northeast of Casiguran”. 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 don’t get confused, farther down almost to the southern tip of Luzon on the eastern part of Sorsogon province (Region 5 – Bicol) is a town also named Casiguran. Eastern part yes, but no, it does not face the pacific. It’s actually in the Sorsogon Bay area. Like most of the Sorsogon towns, this Casiguran is also a sleepy farming community.

About kidlat

Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered Balereños and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

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