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Joseph T. Gonzales, aka Kidlat is the creator of Batangbaler, the website and online community of all the scattered BalereƱos and Aurorans on Earth. He is based in Baler.

Dito Po Sa Baler

ni: Gng. Rosanna P. Querijero aka Tya Rosa

Pag-usapan natin ang mga leisure activities o aliwang laro ng mga sinaunang taga-Baler. Nakasama ko ng kaunting saglit si Senador Edgardo Angara sa pagtitingin ng painting exhibit ni Jeho Bitancor at ang mga painting na patungkol sa kultura ng Baler ay nakapagpapagunita sa mambabatas ng kanyang nakaraan.

“Arre, ay bayatu, naglalaro rin ako niyan pag maliwanag ang bu-an. Kami nila Imon (Judge Filemon Tan) at ni Armando. Pati yang bimbim! Nagpipiknik din kami nuun… masaya kami rito sa Baler… Ti-chok nilalaru din, tat-seng at saka shato.”

Pero iyang shato ay hindi pa masyadong matanda. May mga kinapanayam akong mga ka-edad ng senador na nagsabi “ak-kaw! Ay kasama namin iyan si Eddie sa pag-ee bayabas sa Ulango, maski sa maga kalokohan…” Talagang tipikal na batang Baler pala ang kinalakhan ng Senador. “Ay awan nga laang kung nakasama namin iyan sa paninilong, di ko tanda!”

Pero nuon wala namang masyadong leisure activities ang mga kabataan. Basta nagsasama-sama, naliligo sa Binilwag o di kaya ay sa Kinalapan o Pinlan na mga hubo, naghaharana, dagtuan, pag maliwanag ang buan naglalaro sa kalsada ng nakapaa pati laang.

Dito po sa Baler, ito ang mga nakaraan…masarap maalala, sabi ng kaibigan kong si Virgie Bihasa-Yoshisaki, “Yung nilaro at ginawa pala natin, iyan din pala ang nilaro at ginawa nung mas matatanda pa sa atin…”

Si Igang Carmen Prades may iba ring karanasan. “Walang koryente nuon, pero may sinehan kala Hunas, pero minsan-minsan laang ang sine… kaya may sine-sinehan kami sa Duongan. Kumut na puti, yung gasera ang tanglaw tinatapat dito yung mga ginupit na mga tau-tauhan, ak-kaw dami namin pag gab-i nakamalag duun! Si Eping ang magsisine, may salita pa, nag-iistorya siya habang ikinikibu-kibo yung mga tau-tauhan, addi may aliwan kami.. wala pa nuon ang adik-adikan..”

Ang simple ng mga aliwang laro ng mga bata nuon hindi katulad ngayon high-tech na! Dito po sa Baler…

Spanish

I should have opted for Spanish instead of Computer back in college. This article seems interesting if only i can understand it. It’s from guardiacivil.org and about the Siege of Baler. Check out the images, one is a painting of Baler during the time and another has an old picture of the church.

Try translating the article by going to babelfish. Then copy the address of the website in the translate a website box and choose Spanish to English. The result is not quite English but it is understandable.

Update 2011: Online translation have gone way way better since 2004. You can now use Google Translate to read this page in almost any language you like.

Update 2013: The link is already dead.

Wrong Captions

PILMAP. This is an airplane magazine and i remember these peeps visiting last February during the Surfing Cup week. in this issue they listed the best beaches in the country and Baler is included. But some of the pictures have wrong captions. Like the first one with black rocks and captioned as Sabang Beach. There are no rocks like that in Sabang Beach. then there’s a picture of the Hernandez resort near Digisit and it was captioned as Charlie’s Point. That’s a 10 kilometers due north mistake. Charlie’s point is located near Reserva and not in Digisit.

Update 2013: The link to the mag is already dead. No worries.

Rebanse

I completed a full-circle. After spending most of my computer time figuring out how to customize everything, i’m back to the basic mode. Enough of those tweaks. This is a new blog, I deleted all my previous posts. Here i will specialize only in Baler and Aurora flavored stuff: chismiz, news, seminews, links, etc. About my other interests I created another blog which i named meltedsakebottles (update 2011: The blog is now dead).

How’s this for a starter?: “Cultural Integrity”: Promoting Cultural Survival and Decentralizing Good Forest Governance in Ancestral Domains. the Agta-Dumagat People: Province of Auroram Philippines. It’s a PDF file, you will need Acrobat Reader.

Update 2013: Link’s dead – The article is in page 113 of this proceedings.