PGMA visits Baler to speak at 109th anniversary of Siege of Baler

Bibisita na naman si Pangulong Arroyo sa ating bayan para sa pagdiriwang ng Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day at sa Anniversary ng Siege of Baler. Dito rin niya pipirmahan ang Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) Bill na ang nagpanukala sa Kongreso ay si Cong. Sonny Angara. Maliban kay Pangulong Manuel Quezon si Pangulong Arroyo ang pinakamadalas na dumalaw na pangulo ng Pilipinas sa bayan ng Baler at sa Aurora.

Ito ang balita mula sa Manila Times:

President Arroyo left for home Saturday night ending her 10-day visit to the United States. The President is expected to arrive in Manila at 5:50 a.m. today and will immediately proceed to Baler, Aurora, for the signing of the Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA) bill.

Ito naman ang balita mula sa Philippine Information Agency:

The President is expected to arrive in Manila from the U.S. at 2:30 tomorrow morning and not at 4:30 a.m. as earlier reported. Mrs Arroyo after resting from a long journey is expected to arrive in this capital town at around 10 a.m.

Ayun sa programang nakarating sa akin at sa mga imbitasyon, ang mga programa ng pagdiriwang ay magsisimula ng 7:30 mg umaga. Kung alas 10 dadating ang pangulo ay medyo mababago ang schedule ng ilang oras.

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Update sa selebrasyon: Nagdatingan na ang mga bisita ng pagdiriwang dito sa Baler at katatapos lamang ng welcome party at cultural program na ginanap sa Baler Sports Complex sa halip na sa Ermita Hill na original na venue. Nilipat ang lugar dahil nagbabantang umulan ngayong gabi dahil masama ang panahon maghapon. Pero maganda naman ang panahon ngayong gabi. Walang ulan at napakaraming bituin sa langit. Sa Sports Complex na rin isinagawa ang fireworks display na napanood ko sa kalsada sa labas ng bahay. Wala akong litrato ng mga nangyari. Manghihingi na lang ako sa tabi-tabi.

The Siege Of Baler: Versions And Contradictions

Magandang basahin ang artikulong ito na sinulat ni Jose Maria A. Cariño. Kasama ito sa mga istorya at salaysay sa librong Baler, Aurora. Tinatalakay dito ang ilan sa mga katanungan ko tungkol sa istorya ng Pagsalakay sa Baler (Siege of Baler). Una ay kung bakit isang bersyon lang ng istorya ang lagi nating naririnig, ang ikalawa ay kung bakit walang bersyon ng istorya mula sa panig ng mga Pilipino o mga-tiga Baler. Nililinaw ng pag-susuring ito ang ilan sa mga kontrdiksyon tungkol sa improtanteng bahaging ito ng ating kasaysayan.

The truth about what really transpired inside the walls of the church in Baler may never be known. It should be noted that there appeared to be a code of silence among all the Spaniards who suffered the Siege of Baler. According to writer Manuel Leguineche: “The military kept their silence because they are the military, the priests for being priests, the best words are those that have not been uttered. There was a pact of silence, nobody uttered a word.”

On the other hand, from the side of the Filipinos, there was no local chronicler or writer who meticulously wrote a detailed account on all the events from a Philippine perspective. Thus, most of what is known today is secondary information passed on and handed down from generation to generation of Baler inhabitants and descendants of the Filipinos involved in the saga.

The two primary sources in Spain are firsthand written accounts on the Siege of Baler: Saturnino Martin Cerezo’s EI Sitio de Baler; Notas y Recuerdos, Guadalajara, 1904, and the diaries of Father Felix Minaya y Rojo, O.F.M, which used to be kept in the Archivo de Pastrana, Guadalajara, but are now at the Franciscan archives in Madrid. Father Minaya’s diaries were never published, although journals based on the diaries of Father Minaya, written by Father Lorenzo Perez and published by the Franciscans in Spain, came out much later. The fact that Father Minaya’s diaries were not published in toto pointed to the possibility that there were passages that would have put the church in a bad light, thus Father Lopez’s “sanitized” version. Cerezo’s book went on to become a best-seller, with several editions and reprints including the latest in October 2005. Martin Cerezo’s book translated into English by F.L. Dodds as notes and recollections of the Siege of Baler, with the title in red and gold. It became a vade mecum, a handbook or guideline, for American military academies on survival in a siege.

Among the first noticeable differences between the stories of the military man and the priest was that Father Minaya’s diary was written during and immediately after the siege, just as a personal record of what transpired in Baler. On the other hand, Lieutenant Cerezo’s account was published in 1904 for a general public in mind. It also appears that Lieutenant Cerezo’s account has the triple objectives of glorifying the military, of serving as a venue for his own promotion within the military, and as his own public relations campaign for the consumption of the public.

Basahin ang kumpletong artikulo mula sa aurora.ph

Basahin ang istorya ng Siege of Baler sa Olagstories

Paragliding in Dingalan

Nung February pa pinagmamalaki ni Bongga ang bagong extreme sports na ito sa kanilang bayan ng Dingalan. MGa foreigner daw ang unang sumubok at simula nuon ay sunod-sunod na. Ito na ang isa sa mga highlight ng tourism program ng Dingalan. Parang nagiging extreme-sports destination na ang Aurora. Mapapakinabangan na ang mga nakalbong bundok sa Dingalan.

Pagdiriwang ng Ika-109 na Anibersaryo ng "Siege of Baler"

At siyempre, ang Ika-6 na Taon ng Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. Narito po ang mga programa:

June 29
Ermita Hill, Baler, Aurora
Welcome Party and Program with fireworks. (Magandang panuurin ito sa beach ng labasin)

June 30
Part I
7:30 AM Baler Church
Wreath-Laying Ceremonies

H.E. GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO
President of the Republic of the Philippines

H.E. LUIS ROMERO-ARIAS Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of Spain to the Philippines

HON. EDGARDO J. ANGARA
Senator, Republic of the Philippines

HON. AMBETH R. OCAMPO
Chairman, National Historical Institute

HON. BELLAFLOR J. ANGARA-CASTILLO
Governor of Aurora

HON. JUAN EDGARDO M. ANGARA
Representative
Lone Congressional District of Aurora

HON. ARTURO J. ANGARA
Mayor of Baler, Aurora


Part II
8:00 AM Quezon Park

National Anthem
Republic of the Philippines and Kingdom of Spain

Welcome Remarks
Hon. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo

Message
H.E. Luis Arias-Romero

Proclamation of Adopted Sons of Baler
Hon. Arthur J. Angara

Presentation of Commemorative Stamps and souvenir items
H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
to be assisted by
Hon. Ambeth R. Ocampo

Introduction of the Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker
Hon. Edgardo J. Angara

Keynote Speech
H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Part III
Blessing of Mural and
Opening of Archeological Exhibit

Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Ricky Quezon Avanceña

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salamat kay Ate Nanie sa programa

Simbahan ng Baler sa Espanya

Ito ay larawan ng ginagawang replica ng simbahan ng Baler sa Bayan ng Almonte sa Huelva, Spain. November 2007 pa ang larawang ito at galing sa website na ito. Nakita ko ito sa www.baleria.com. Parehong sulat sa Kastila ang dalawang website kaya di ko maintindihan.

Ito naman ang larawan na galing sa website ni Pangulong Arroyo (www.op.gov.ph).

Sa June 30 ay muling ipagdiriwang dito sa Baler ang Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day. Ang pagdiriwang ay gaganapin sa Ermita Hill sa June 29 ng gabi, sa
Simbahan ng Baler at sa Museo de Baler. Kasalukuyan pa akong naghahanap ng program ng selebrasyon.

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Factual Errors

Mula sa Philippines Star, ni Manny Galvez :

65 nuns, mountaineers conquer, reforest Aurora’s 7,000-ft. high Mt. Balagbag

Sixty five nuns and mountaineers have successfully scaled and reforested  the peak of the 7,000-feet high Mt. Balagbag in Barangay Dimanayat in this town last week.

The recent two-day historic climb atop Mt. Balagbag established two mountaineering records the first documented successful climb and the first documented reforestation of the mountain which has also been christened Mt. England by local mountaineers.

Basahin ang kumpletong balita (Philstar),

Nandito ang cached page ng balita sa Google.

Kulang sa fact-checking ang balitang ito. Kung tiga Aurora ang makakabasa nito, may mga mapapansin tayo na mga kakaiba sa balita, pero kung hindi-tiga Aurora ay lalabas na totoo ang mga nakalagay dito. Ito ang mga napansin ko:

  • Ang Mt. Balagbag ay wala sa Brgy. Dimanayat sa San Luis Aurora. Ayon dito sa Multiply site ng UP Mountaineers: “Mt.Balagbag is situated along the boundary of Norzagaray, Bulacan and Montalban, Rizal. Water from its tributaries contributes to the water that passes through Ipo Dam which then goes to La Mesa Water Reservoir.”

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