Aurorock on April 12 @ Black Kings’ Bar

Aurorock

10 bands from Aurora Province will gather on April 12, 2013 at Black Kings’ Bar at West Avenue, Quezon City to stage a fundraising show for the benefit of the Aurora A. Quezon Memorial Shrine Project. The bands that will be performing are Akaw First Project, Bubblegoo, The Clan, Libris Arcana, Tito Paking Experience, 403, Ina ni Basilio, Astrotits and Surface Intentions. Gate opens at 7:00 PM.

The Aurora Aragon Quezon Memorial Shrine Project

The current state of the Aurora A. Quezon Ambush Site Marker (photo by Noel Dulay)

Ambush in Bongabon

On April 28, 1949, First Lady Aurora A. Quezon and her convoy were ambushed along Baler-Bongabon Road. They were on their way to Baler to inaugurate the Quezon Memorial Hospital. Her daughter, Maria Aurora, son-in-law Felipe Buencamino III and Quezon City Mayor Ponciano Bernardo were also killed. Armed Forces Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Rafael Jalandoni luckily survived the ambush.

The Site

In 1990, the National Historical Commission installed a marker in the ambush site located between KM 168 & 169 along Baler-Bongabon road in Labi, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. In March 2012, it was discovered that the marker was missing, and its shelter blatantly vandalized. Banak, Inc. has taken the initiative, with the help of Bongabon local government, to restore the marker and build a shrine in time for her 64th death anniversary in April 2013.

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