Christmas @ The Capitol

Pamaskong Handog ng PGA

We were invited as one of the judges in the Lantern Making Contest organized by the Provincial Capitol as part of this year’s Paskong Handog ng PGA last December 8. It’s the first day of the program that also includes the lighting of the giant Christmas tree, a program for kids featuring the Jollibee mascot, Christmas bazaar and nightly shows at the Capitol grounds.

Almost thirty lanterns made from recyclable materials were entered in the competition. There’s supposed to be a lantern parade but rains caused by typhoon Ruby got in the way. The “parols” were judged based on originality, craftsmanship and use of recycled/recyclable materials, and overall impact.

Paskong Handog ng PGA
The judges – Donnell Gomez, Sherwin Gonzales and Christine Noveras.

The winners:
PGA Lantern Making Contest
First Place – NFA. The “parol” was made from garlic and onion skins, grounded egg shells, rice, rice husks, and tahong shells.

PGA Lantern Making Contest
Second Place – DPWH. Made from dried coconut flower parts, plastic bottles, and PVC pipes.

PGA Lantern Making Contest
Third Place – PGSO. Made from welded iron bars, metal screens, cans and air filters.

The lanterns will be on display at the Capitol until the first week of January.

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Google Earth – Baler 2014

Last year we posted some Google Earth images of Aurora province and noted that some areas like Northern Aurora already have high quality images but Baler is still stuck with crappy satellite images. Earlier this year Google Earth updated with high quality images of Baler and some places in Central Aurora. The latest timestamp is July 2014 so they’re pretty much up to date. Here are some images of Baler taken from space. You can check out Google Earth if you want to see a view of your roof.

Jose Johann Bitancor – 2nd Solo Exhibition

Jose Johann Bitancor

If you’re somewhere near Seattle, Washington, don’t miss this painting exhibit of Balereño Jose Johann Bitancor. Titled Timeline, this is his 2nd Solo Exhibit to be held from December 13, 2014 to January 23, 2015 at the Lynnwood Library Art Gallery, 19200 44th Ave. W. Lynnwood Washington, USA.

Jose Johann Bitancor

Before devoting himself full-time into painting, Jose Johann Bitancor has been a seasoned Visualizer/Graphic designer in the Philippines. As a designer, his practice ranged from exhibition designs to Advertising and Promotional materials for several Communications and Marketing Firms. Upon his migration to the U.S. in 2003, he sought to further increase his knowledge and enrolled at the University of Memphis, Memphis Tennessee in 2004, during which he was also granted a scholarship at the Memphis College of Art, Memphis Tennessee in 2006. Very recently, his longtime passion for sculpture produced several works in wood. Coupled with relentless experimentation with materials, his works now include textural abstractions based on everyday life’s experiences.

A graduate of Fine Arts from Far Eastern University, Manila Philippines in 1996. Bitancor has won several awards and distinctions in the Philippines and in United States. He also exhibited his works in various galleries and museums in the Philippines, Guam and the United States such as U.P. Vargas Museum-Diliman, Bencab Museum-Baguio, Rochester Contemporary Art Center-New York, Bliss on Bliss Art Projects-New York, Topaz Arts- New York, Seattle-Washington, Shoreline-Washington, Germantown Performing Art Centre-Tennessee, Tumon Guam among others.

Aurora NGP Week Photo Contest

National Greening Program Week

As a part of the National Greening Program Week – Aurora, the PENRO-REECS is having a photo contest open to all amateur and professional photographers of Aurora. The grand prize is a mountain bike plush cash. Here are the mechanics of the contest:

MECHANICS FOR THE CONTEST:

The photo contest is open to all interested amateur or professional photographers of the Province. Photos should best describe the NGP Week Theme (“National Greening Program: Ang Ating Kagubatan at Kalikasan ay Kayamanan at Buhay”). Participants should comply with all contest requirements. Registration is only one hundred pesos (PhP100) and shall be conducted at the Exhibit Area on December 1-4, 2014, 9am-4pm. A short briefing will be conducted by the PENRO/REECS during registration. Submit your best shots, maximum of five (5) photos per photographer.  Submissions are due by Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bring printed Entry Photos at Exhibit Area letter size (8.5”x11”) and for e-file send entry photos to ngpauroraweek@gmail.com or send a message with the file to facebook account: NGP Aurora Week. Each photo should include (printed photos):

i. A title for the shot
ii. The photographer’s name, address and contact nos.
iii. Also include the date and place the photo was taken as well as any details of the photo
Photo must conform to the following specifications:
· JPEG / JPG format
· If your photos are shortlisted, you will be asked to re?submit them in high resolution (300 dpi on A3 size paper). If deemed necessary, an entrant may also be requested to submit the original source files.
· No blended exposure, HDR, Multiple exposures, noise reduction, blurring digital effects / filters addition and subtraction of elements
By submitting the photograph for consideration, the photographer attests that:
a. Entry is an original photograph (No Photoshop-ping / No Post-Processing or other digital manipulation)
b. S/he created the image and owns full copyright to pictures submitted.
c. Entrant is prepared to certify this attestation on request
d. Submitted image has not been published in the past nor presented in any past photo contests.

All photos submitted / entered will be initially evaluated by the PENRO/REECS for relevance, appropriateness and compliance with the rules. The team will simply select the photos that strike them most based on creativity composition, artistic merit, brilliance and richness of the colors and the adherence to the Theme.

Participants with successful entries will be notified through text and be invited on the programs. Chosen photos will be posted on the exhibits and will be use for the property of PENRO/REECS in IEC Campaign materials. Note that photographers will be recognized.

Prizes:
Grand Prize: Mountain Bike + Cash (worth PhP1, 000.00)
First Prize: PhP1, 500.00 + Gift Certificate (worth PhP1, 000.00)
Consolation Prizes: T-Shirts for those who will not be chosen.

For further queries on the mechanics, please contact Ms. Chea Pantua at 09165388277/09089964573 or you may send email thru: ngpauroraweek@gmail.com.

Facebook Page:  NGP AURORA WEEK

National Greening Program Aurora Week Starts Today

National Greening Program Week

The PENRO-REECS will lead the 5-day NGP Week starting today, December 1, 2014 at the Baler Municipal Plaza. Various events and activities will raise environmental awareness, enthusiasm and inspiration to NGP in Aurora among the various stakeholders and LGUs. A poster making contest, photo contest, advocacy meetings, trainings, and exhibits will be conducted to celebrate our greening activities and effort.

The 1st NGP Aurora Week will be held on December 1-5, 2014. Stakeholders, individuals and groups from the community, are enjoined to participate. “National Greening Program: Ang Ating Kagubatan at Kalikasan ay Kayamanan at Buhay” is the year’s theme.

The NGP Aurora Week will have the following activities:

DAY 1
Parade (PENRO to Baler Plaza)
Opening Ceremonies
NGP Exhibit

DAY 3
Training on Environment and Leadership
Seminar on Biodiversity/ Mountain Climbing
Tree Planting and Growing
Review to National Greening Program Aurora

Day 5
Stakeholders’ Meeting/Convention
Showcase of Accomplishment in IEC
Closing
Announcement of Photo Contest and Poster Making Contest Winners

The NGP Week is a week-long celebration composed of various activities to promote conservation and protection endeavour of National Greening Program. The celebration offers a unique collaborative opportunity for communities and organizations to work together for forest conservation and environmental rehabilitation. Also, participants will experience nature in a way they may never have had, learn something new, and discover conservation.

For more information,contact:
DENR-Region III PENRO-Aurora
Resources, Environment and Economics Center for Studies, Inc (REECS)
Sitio Puntangan, Brgy. Pingit, Baler, Aurora

(info from PENRO-Aurora/REECS)