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sort of a cry for help

Magandang Araw po sa lahat.

Ang ating mga kababayan po sa Aurora ay nangangailangan ng tulong in the form of food, clothing and medicine. Badly hit by two typhoons in a matter of days, a lot of families have already left their homes and properties.

According to Mrs. Yolly Angara of DSWD Baler, one of the hardest hit is Brgy. Buhangin, while residents of Brgy. Sabang have also been evacuated to the Municipal Hall. As for other areas, Villa Aurora was said to have been completely washed out by the rain and is now erased in the map. The total number of casualties is still undetermined.

Currently, Baler is expecting a supply of food from the DSWD regional office in Pampanga. A truck is supposed to pick up the supply today and is expected to reach the town tomorrow.

However, with the incoming typhoon “Yoyong” expected to hit Aurora (again) tonight, we fear that the next ration of food is not to be expected soon.

With the blessing of our grandmaster Kidlat AKA Batangbaler, a group of volunteers, mostly active members of who are based here in Manila, took the initiative to organize some sort of a relief mission for our kababayans, under the name AURORA VOLUNTEERS.

We are gathering food – canned goods, noodles, rice, etc., used clothes and medicine, or anything that you want to give our kababayans. The plan is to bring these items to Baler and other areas on Sunday, December 5.

We are hoping that you would join us in this cause. We don’t discourage you from sending your donations to television stations and other groups as we all have the same goals, but the idea is to make sure that our kababayans will receive help and assistance. The group assures you that whatever you give will go directly to our own kababayans in Aurora.

You probably have received a text message about this but for those who want to help, you may contact any of these volunteers:

Rommel Espinosa – 0920*******
Jerome Tinio – 0917*******
Enyel Sinsay – 0919*******
Ayie Pimentel – 0927*******
Ella Friginal – 0919*******

For those who are in other parts of the world, you may send your donations to your relatives in Manila or through:

Rachelle V. Friginal
Bank of the Philippine Island
Account Number: **********

Along with the donations, we continue to ask you to please pray for the safety of our families and friends in Aurora. Right now, it’s the only contribution that we could give.

Thank you all in advance and may God bless us all.

posted by: Ella Friginal


Hi there. So, we’re still alive. This is still Batangbaler. I just redirected the mainsite to this blog because i can update this more easily. We will go back to to normal programming when things go to, well, normal.

Here are the links to the batangbaler pages:


Here’s the news about the typhoon.

Click here for more internet news updates about the floods. It’s a sad fact that Baler only becomes front page news when disaster strikes.

I’ll post a quick rundown after this. We’re running low on diesel and the generator could shutdown anytime.


The 4th Bays Inn Surfing Challenge
October 29 – 31
Bays Inn Resort and Restaurant
Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
(this is an unpaid advertisement)

a fundraising gig for the AKAW INVASION show
October 30, 2004
Tita Guding’s Restaurant
Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora
8:00 PM
featuring acoustic sets by: Ginger (former Badfish), KwakKwak, Bhonog Fever and other bands
presented by: batangbaler

October 30, 2004
Tita Gudings (sabay ng AKAWSTIK JAM)

Mayric’s Music Bar, España Road (in front of UST), Manila
featuring Baler bands: Orgasm Addicts, Bhonog Fever, Enslave, Ginger & Kwak Kwak. + guest band.
November 19, 2004
8:00 PM Entrance: 50 bucks


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.