Aurora Day Celebration 2011 – Schedule of Activities

Aurora Day 2011
Aurora Day 2011

Updated February 7, 2011

Feb. 7-13, 2011
Inter-Agency Sports fest
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora
Parade to be held on February 9, 2010

Feb. 9-13, 2011
5th Aurora Surfing Cup
Sabang Beach/Cemento Beach

Feb. 11-12, 2011
7th Skateboarding Competition
Capitol Grounds, Baler

Feb. 12, 2011
Shootfest
Camp Ravina, Baler, Aurora

Feb 13, 2011
Awarding: Sportsfest, Surfing, Skateboarding

Feb. 14, 2011
Grand Opening: Aurora Day Celebration 2011
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Araw ng Pagkilala
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Awarding: Best Performing Primary Cooperatives
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Ribbon Cutting – Tourism & Trade Fair
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Valentine’s Party
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora

Feb. 15, 2011
Drum & Lyre Competition
Capitol Grounds, Baler, Aurora
Parade from Baler Municipal Plaza to Capitol Compound

Araw ng Mangingisda
Sabang Beach Baler, Aurora

Galing ng Aurora (Tuklas Talino)
Sentro Baler, Baler Aurora

Reggae Night
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Feb. 16, 2011
Carabao Race
Baler Central Sch., Baler Aurora

1st SEDJA Kayak Race
Tibag, Sabang, Baler, Aurora

Bb. Aurora 2011 Talent Night
Capitol Compound, Baler, Aurora

Feb. 17, 2011
Araw ng Magsasaka
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Bike Race
Sponsored by Sen Edgardo J. Angara

Bb. Aurora 2011 Coronation Night
Sentro Baler, Baler Aurora

RNB Night
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Feb. 18, 2011

Street Dancing Competition/
Launching of Kinagunasan Festival
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora
Parade: Baler Municipal Plaza to Capitol Compound

Gallery of the Sea
Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
Sponsored by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara

Fireworks Display
Sabang Beach

People’s Party
Sabang Beach

Acoustic Night
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Feb. 19, 2011
Mass
Baler Central Sch. Covered Court, Baler Aurora

Parada ng Lalawigan
Baler Central School to Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Anniversary Program
Capitol Grounds, Baler Aurora

Silent Drill and Paratrooper
Capitol Grounds

Governor’s Ball
Sentro Baler/Capitol Grounds

Info from Aurora Tourism Office
For more info: contact tourism_aurora@yahoo.com

The Outer Banks of Baler

by Olag Selaznog. With new pictures.

Beach along the outer bank.

Fifty-one years ago, my ambition took me out of the Philippines to gamble my life into an uncertain and unfamiliar world. I matured in cold environments and lived most of my life in places that endured the seasonal assault of winter. But it had been in 1964 that I’d experienced a full-fledged winter of 150° below zero temperature. That was when I was assigned and stationed in the South Pole, where the only other population besides us, were penguins and polar bears. After the initial astonishment had passed (along with an impulse to shovel a mountain of snow), one thought remained and haunted me¾ the enchantment of the tropical climate. My longing for warm weather resurrect my memories of Baler seventy-four years back. I used to stroll along the shore of the Outer Banks; an island a kilometer away east of town¾ Sabang, Labasin, and Buton. The hamlet of Castillo at the southern tip was once a part of it. But that area was transformed and relocated by the tidal waves on the other side, east of Kinalapan-Pingit river during the seventies.

Watchtower in Castillo.

It was in 1847, that castillo (fortress) came into existence. Two were built, one was located atop Point Baja (Ermita), and the other was by the outfall of Kinalapan-Pingit River. The construction was an innovation of the parish priest, Fray Jose Urbina de Esparragosa assigned in Baler from June 7, 1840 to 01 May 26, 1853.

Accordingly, the fortresses were built as an observation post or a watchtower. It served to warn the community of marauders/pirates coming to Baler Bay, which happened on occasions. The most severe and catastrophic occurred in the summer of 1798. Marauders from southern Philippines plundered and swept the towns along the Pacific seaboard. In Baler, they had taken prisoner Fray Benito Zambudio or Zamudio, the parish priest, and held him for ransom.

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Batangbaler 2010 Yearender

Inside Casiguran Cove - August 2010
Inside Casiguran Cove - August 2010

Most of these were posted on the Batangbaler FB Page.

January 2010. Another post about Baler by Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town – Aurora: Old Baler and Quezon Legacy. In California, Aurora Association elects officers for 2010-2012 Pays tribute to outstanding parents. January 9, the Feast of the Black Nazarene with FB Photos by Donna Friginal. January 10 in Casiguran – Sen. Angara Leads Aurora Pacific Ecozone Groundbreaking. January 12, Batangbaler FB page reports that after a whole year of being online and not having a single update, the official Baler, Aurora website – baleraurora.net – is officially dead. Meanwhile, the San Luis, Aurora website is still online and active. From the January 13 Inquirer news: Church group sees poll fundraising in P30-M Aurora dredging. Also on January 13, the Sports Scuba Divers Association of Aurora was born. From the Lawstude’s Journeys Blog – Baler’s Famous 5 “S”.  January 17, from philstar.com – ASEZA project to generate 300 jobs. Pictures of the Aurora Province Division Meet by Ymay Calugtong (FB). January 17, Pictures of the Feast of the Sto. Niño by Donna Friginal (FB). January 18, Comelec Aurora released the list of the local candidates for the May 2010 Elections. January 20, from philstar.com: 6 Aurora Comelec executives face relief. More Aurora stories from the Lawstude’s Journeys blog: This is it Digisit and Rugged Beauty of Pagasa Baler. From CBCP News: Priests outraged over lack of consultation on eco zone plan. The Official Facebook Page of Aurora Province. Janaury 27, from senate.gov.ph: Aurora Becomes Trade Hub; Angara Lures More Investors. January 28, also from senate.gov.ph: Bicameral Panel OKs Aurora Freeport Act. From Manila Standard: Aurora free port, economic zone wins panel nod. Batangbaler features the Prehistoric Burial Site at Sitio Castillo. January 30, from Journal online: Vice Gov. Gerardo Noveras dismissed as sheer political harassment the criminal charges filed against him and two other government officials before the Office of the Ombudsman. January 31, from Manila Bulletin: Aurora farmers, fisherfolk oppose economic zone.

February 2010. February 1, from senate.gov.ph: ASEZA, NHA Seal the Deal for Casiguran Residents’ Relocation. BB-FB features Flict G, the rapper from Baler. February 3, from the 48th IB Blog: Covenant of Peace Signed at San Luis, Aurora Assuring Eviction Of NPA Influence in the Area. More from Lawstude’s Journey Blog: History and Beauty in Ermita Hill. February 4, from inquirer.net: Truck falls off cliff in Aurora, 3 injured. The Aurora Day 2010 Celebration starts: Pictures of the Inter-Agency Sportsfest Parade (from Aurora Province FB), pictures from the opening of the Inter-Agency Sportsfest, The Php 593 Million Aurora Memorial Hospital (AMH) improvement project was approved with funding from JICA. February 10, from Journal Online: ‘Ecozone boon to Aurorans’. February 11, Batangbaler features MLQ Memorial Lodge No. 262 – Public Installation of Officers. February 14, BB features the Bb. Aurora 2010 Candidates. Pictures of the Aurora Day 2010 Inter-Agency Sportsfest Awarding Program from Aurora Province (FB). Pictures of Aurora Day 2010 Trade Fair from Donna Friginal (FB). Pictures of Aurora Day 2010 Araw ng Pagkilala and Tourism Trade Fair from Batangbaler (FB). February 15, from balita.ph: Baler emerged as fast-rising local travel destination. Pictures from the Aurora Day 2010 Tourim and Trade Fair from Aurora Province (FB). More Tourism and Trade Fair photos from Arwin Soriano (FB). 4th Aurora Surfing Challenge photos from Arwin Soriano (FB). Bb. Aurora 2010 Candidates pictorial photos from Arwin Soriano (FB). February 17, from balita.ph: DPWH defends P100-M dredging project in Aurora. For the third time in a row, a candidate from San Luis was crowned Ms. Aurora 2010. Bb. Aurora 2010 pictures from Donna Friginal (FB). Pictures of the Aurora Day 2010 Farmers Day from Donna Friginal (FB). Bb. Aurora 2010 Coronation Night pictures from BB (FB). Aurora Day 2010 Anniversary Program pictures fr Aurora Province FB. PGMA Speech during Aurora Day Celebration, Part 1 and Part 2. Aurora Day February 19 pictures by Donna Friginal. People’s Party at the Beach featuring Callalilly and Siakol. Pictures of Roads and Bridges to Northern Aurora by Seb Angara. From lawstude’s Journey: Maria Aurora’s Millenium Tree. Aurora Day Pictures by Batangbaler. From mb.com.ph: 122nd Birth Anniversary of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon. From gmanews.tv: Carabao race an attraction in Baler, Aurora. Aurora Day – Basketball with the Stars pictures. Video of the February 18 fireworks display at the beach. Korea-Philippines Art Exhibit at GSIS Museum opens on February 26, 2010 with works of Vincent Christopher Gonzales and Roy Buen from Baler. From balita.ph: Quezon family: GMA is close to us. ART IN THE PARK. Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village Makati City. Feb. 27, 2010 includes artworks by brothers Jose Johann Bitancor and Jeho Bitancor from Baler. More Aurora Day pictures by Ymay. Bb. Aurora Talent Night pictures. Aurora Day Drum and Lyre Competition pictures by Ymay. Aurora Day Street Dancing pictures by Ymay. From Manila Bulletin column of Sen. Edgardo Angara: Baler For All Time. From balita.ph: PGMA salutes the monument of Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon. From balita.ph: PGMA makes the inaugural drive-through of the Baler-Casiguran Road Project. From senate.gov.ph: Angara to lead Baler’s Agriculture Museum groundbreaking. From inquirer.net: Man beheads live-in partner in Aurora. From senate.gov.ph: Angara leads Canili Rural Farm School groundbreaking. From inquirer.net: At least 19 provinces on RP east coast alerted on tsunami.

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