Aurora Day 2008 – Patigtigan sa Aurora

Aurora Day 2008

29TH FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY OF AURORA PROVINCE
PATIGTIGAN SA AURORA ‘08

“Mini Adventure Race”
11 February 2008, 1:00 PM
Baler, Aurora

“Patigtigan sa Aurora” is one of the projects of the Provincial Tourism Office for the Inter Agency Sportsfest which aims to promote Aurora’s Tourism related activities and strengthen team building within the employees.

Each team shall provide two competitors for the event.

Each team shall consist of one (1) male and one (1) female. Interested participants should submit the attached registration form together with a Medical Certificate of each contestant at the Provincial Tourism Office on or before February 4, 2008, 8:00AM- 12:00 NN, 1:00PM – 5:00PM.

The organizers will provide first aid staff in case of emergency or injuries racers may incur during the race. However, the organizers will not be liable/responsible for any untoward incident/s during the race which may be caused by previous illness. All race contestants will sign a waiver before the race begins.

The organizers have the option to stop any contestant of the race as deem necessary.

Participants are expected to be at SP Session Hall on February 11, 2008, two (2) hours before the start of the race for the briefing of contestants.

All winners will receive a cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Non winners will receive consolation prizes and a certificate of appreciation.

1st Prize (P 2,000.00)
2nd Prize (P 1,500.00)
3rd Prize (P 1,000.00)
Consolation prize (P 500.00)

Interested contestants may contact our coordinators at 042 209 4373, mobile 0906 454 90 52 or 0929 362 4881.

Aurora Day 2008 – Battle of the Bands

Aurora Day 2008

29th Aurora Day Celebration : BATTLE OF THE BANDS
February 13, 2008 6:00 PM
Provincial Capitol Stage

Interested bands should register personally with the list of their members at the Provincial Tourism Office on or before February 8, 2008, 8:00 AM – 12:00 NN, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM only. 14. For more info you can contact the contest coordinators at (042) 209-4373, mobile 0918-687-4410 or 0921-259-1157.

Komedya de Baler to Perform at the First National Komedya Festival

The bolo-fighting, lowa-speaking members of the Komedya de Baler from Buhangin will be performing at the University of the Philippines in Diliman for the First National Komedya Festival. from inquirer.net:

…the First National Komedya Festival, to be held Feb. 1-29 at the UP Diliman Amphitheater. This is part of the centennial celebration of the State University, and will be participated in by all the other UPs in the System: UP Manila, UP Los Baños, UP Baguio, UP Open University and UP Mindanao.

At UP Diliman, the festivities kick off with a grand parade on Feb. 1, 2 p.m., to be participated in by all the invited groups all over the country, and to be capped by fireworks in the evening. The whole month will be filled with activities on the campus, and the various colleges will be holding their own celebrations.

The festival itself will be held every Friday of the month, and there will be lectures, seminars, balagtasan (poetic jousts), games, exhibits, puppet shows, traditional games, storytelling, perya (carnival), and myriad other activities.

Classical music will be provided by the UP Symphony Orchestra; choral music by the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the UP Concert Chorus; and pop music by Area I Boys.

Participating bands are from the cities of Taguig, Antipolo, Quezon and Parañaque, along with the UP Symphonic Band.

Every Friday at 6-8 p.m., there will be performances by the Komedya ng San Dionisio (Parañaque); Hiraya Theater Company (San José, Antique); Komedya ng Don Galo (Parañaque); Dulaang UP (UP Diliman); and Comedia de Baler (Aurora).

Wow, this is great. I still don’t have info on the date of their performance, but i believe it would be on the last week of February. Let’s mob this gig like another akaw invasion.

And i’m planning to do a video documentary on this thing, which will include the history of our unique Komedya de Baler. Any sponsors?

President Arroyo inspects gov’t road project in Aurora

from luzon.wowphilippines.com:

DINGALAN, Aurora — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited this province yesterday to inspect the Dingalan road and port project and get a first hand information on the status of the project which forms part of her legacy agenda to link up all parts of the country through the construction of more roads and ports.

The President’s visit here is expected to underscore the importance with which she views the early completion of the project.

Started last year, the 120.65-kilometer, P1.575-billion arterial road will give rise to the Trans-Asia cargo and product shipping facility and help propel the Philippine economy. It is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2010.

Read the complete news

Gov’t developing 500,000 hectares of land in Aurora

from manila bulletin by Ariel Avendaño:

President Arroyo reiterated yesterday that the government is prioritizing the development of 500,000 hectares of lands in this timber-rich province for agribusiness ventures in the remaining two-and-a-half years of her term.

During the inspection of the R1.5-billion Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Dingalan Port Road in Barangay Aplaya as part of the Luzon Urban Beltway, Mrs. Arroyo announced that she has instructed Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. to enter into an agreement with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the utilization of the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) to open 500,000 hectares of lands in Casiguran, this province, to agribusiness development by concreting the Baler-Casiguran Road.

Read the complete news here.

I’m confused about the figures, especially in this paragraph:

She said that Sen. Edgardo Angara, who accompanied her in her trip here, said that 500,000 hectares of the two-million hectare land are readily available in Casiguran in northern Aurora.

According to the aurora.ph website, the land area of the whole province of Aurora is 323,954 hectares, and on this website it is 308,122 hectares. So the 500,000 hectares in Casiguran mentioned in this news is bigger than the entire Aurora Province, which is surely not all agricultural. Factcheck please!