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4 Baler Tourist Spots That are Not Located in Baler

So, you open FB, Twitter or Instagram and see selfies of tourists with waterfalls, beaches, or some big tree in the background with captions like “Haller Baler!” or “Beautiful Baler!” with the accompanying hashtags #Baler, #BeautifulBaler, #SurfBaler etc, etc, etc. Problem is, some of those places are not in Baler. They’re in San Luis, or Maria Aurora, or Dipaculao. We can guess some reasons why these things happen: 1) Those tourists really don’t know where they are; 2) Their tour guides are lazy. We call some of them Turo Guides because all they do is point at places and just mention the names – points at Baler Church and only say “Baler Church”, points at Quezon House, “Quezon House”, points around Ermita Hill – “Ermita Hill, and so on; and 3) Hitching on the popularity of Baler. So even if the places are not in Baler, they are being promoted as located in Baler. The way how yoga pants, and make-ups and things are tagged #Baler on Instagram.

So we’re making this short list as a way to right the wrongs and to tell that there are also great places outside Haller Baler.

1. Ditumabo Falls in San Luis, Aurora

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Aka Mother Falls, the place is located at Brgy. Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora. There’s a time when trekking to Ditumabo Falls was a commune with nature and seeing the waterfall for the first time felt like a religious experience. Now the trek reminds you of an LRT queue and Divisoria. Seriously, the people handling the place in this popular destination should consider managing the traffic by allowing visitors in batches. Having said that, the place is still a sight to behold and many people still enjoy the experience.

2. Balete Tree in Maria Aurora, Aurora

Balete Tree

Located in Brgy. Quirino, Maria Aurora, Aurora in what is now called Ronquillo Balete Eco-Park. Also locally known as “Millenium Tree”. this giant Balete’s  (strangler fig) claim to fame is being called the “largest of its kind in Asia” and estimated to be 400 – 600 years old, depending on who’s telling. Both claims are unverified. It’s part of the Baler day tour package so most tourists just take it as part of Baler.

3. Caunayan Falls in San Luis, Aurora

Caunayan Falls

Located at Brgy. L. Pimentel, San Luis, Aurora, it’s one of the more accessible waterfalls in Central Aurora. No need to walk far as your vehicle could bring you right at the entrance . Noted for its clear and cold waters, this is one of the earliest picnic places for locals. There are actually more waterfalls upstream if you’re adventurous.

4. Amper Beach in Dipaculao, Aurora

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That’s right – Amper not Ampere. Amper is a Sitio in Brgy. Gupa, Dipaculao, Aurora where the popular beach is located. The place is known for its unique beach composed of rounded flat rocks. A few years ago, a boulevard was constructed right along the shore which added to the attraction of the place but reduced the area of the beach. The smooth rounded rocks are also mostly gone and replaced by regular rocks. We suggest going to nearby Borlongan if you want to see how Amper used to look like.

Tara Aurora! Event Commemorates Villa Aurora Tragedy

Villa Aurora

In commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of the Villa Aurora tragedy, local radio station DZJO-FM 101.7 will spearhead an event titled Tara Aurora! on November 30, 2014. With the theme “Hakbang para sa Kalikasan, Tulay sa Kaunlaran” it will start with a caravan early in the morning from the Baler Municipal Plaza to Brgy. Villa Aurora, Maria Aurora, Aurora where a commemorative program will be held. There will also be a tree-planting ceremony and launching of skills training to be headed by Mr. Leonilo Beltran, 2014  Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino Awardee.

If you’re interested to join this event, contact:
Bayanihan Broadcasting Corporation
SPIRIT FM – CMN Baler, Aurora
101.7 MHz
Rooftop RC Building, MCC Compound
Rizal St., Brgy., 04, Baler, Aurora
Hotline: 09399397513 Email address: dzjobaler@gmail.com
Websites: www.1017spiritfm.org
Look for Mr.Zeus A. Gofredo

Binibining Aurora 2010 Candidates

The candidates of the Binibining Aurora 2010. The Talent Night will be on February 15 at the Capitol Grounds and the Coronation Night will be on February 17 at the Sentro Baler (Baler Sports Complex).

Leona Paula Santicruz
Leona Paula Santicruz

Candidate No. 1 – Ms. Leona Paula Ranillo Santicruz from San Luis.

Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales
Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales

Candidate No. 2 – Ms. Jamie Galban Gonzales from Baler

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May 2010 Election – List of Aurora Candidates

Here’s the list of all local candidates for the May 2010 elections. Thanks to Comelec for the info.

Update: * – indicates incumbent officials

Congressional and Provincial Positions

For Congressman, Lone District of Aurora
1. Angara, Juan Edgardo Manalang (LDP) *
2. Manalo, Teofilo Belen (Independent)

For Provincial Governor
1. Castillo, Bellaflor-Angara (LDP)*
2. Dela Cruz, Ruben Tud (PDP-Laban)
3. Tangson, Mariano Calderon (NP)

For Provincial Vice Governor
1. Noveras, Gerardo Angala (LP)*
2. Tolentino, Danilo Amansec (LDP) (incumbent Board Member)

For Provincial Board Member – First District (Dingalan, Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis)
1. Abordo, Oliver Ian Angara (LDP) (incumbent San Luis Councilor)
2. Bautista, Philip Butch Molina (LDP)
3. Dinamling, Aizalea Adangla (PDP-Laban)
4. Gagarin, Jose Lumabao (Independent)
5. Ong, Pedro Jr. Montes (NP)*
6. Padua, Oscar Wenceslao (LDP)*
7. Pimentel, Cesar Bihasa (LDP)
8. Porqueriño, Marietta Galban (NP)

For Provincial Board Member – Second District (Dipaculao, Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag)
1. Alipio, Ruben Jr. Soriano (LDP)
2. Cabauatan, Jose Sr. Blanche (LDP)*
3. Marzan, Honorio Jr. Macanas (NP)
4. Miran, Pablo Galolo (NP)
5.Pascua, Renato Villena (LDP)*
6. Tubera, Tito Castro (LP)
7. Valin, Denia Peña (LDP)*
8. Villar, Dante Cordial (NP)

List of municipal candidates after the jump.
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May 2009 CPA Licensure Exam Results

The results of the May 2009 CPA Licensure Examination held the other day are out.

Congratulations to Christian John Lomboy Marcelo from Brgy. Quirino, Maria, Aurora for passing the notoriously difficult exam. Christian graduated from Quirino Elementary School, a small school that surprisingly comes out with a descent number of CPA passers. Mr. Joselito Japson, who provided this info and was a CPA topnothcer in 2006 also came from that school.

Please download the doc file below and pore through the list to identify other passers from Aurora so that we can congratulate them also. (To download, right click and click on Save Target As… or Save Link As..)

List of passers
List of topnotchers

Congratulations to:
Anna Marie Porbido Penzon, graduate of SLU, ANSHS, and BCS.
Ronald Eric Buen – son of the late Olan Buen

War on Reds taking toll on priests

from inquirer.net:

The military’s campaign against communist rebels in Aurora has sown fear among residents and discredited the Catholic Church and priests there, the Prelature of Infanta in Aurora said in a pastoral statement read at the start of Christmas dawn Masses on Dec. 16.

In a statement sent by e-mail to the Inquirer on Wednesday, the prelature said soldiers have been inspecting buses traveling along the Dinalungan-Casiguran-Dilasag route in northern Aurora, ordering passengers to alight for inspections. The same is done among passengers in Maria Aurora town.

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Road links for eastern seaboard route being constructed, says DPWH

from businessmirror online:

THE government said the missing road links leading to the eastern seaboard of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway are already being constructed, in time for the opening of the new trade route linking the islands of the country by next year.

Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), said in an interview that construction of the previously identified port-to-road projects for the eastern route can be completed by the second half of next year.

“We have to complete the national highways, nautical highways and Sona [State of the Nation] projects that began in 2007, programmed until 2009. In the eastern seaboard, our priorities include Aurora, Quezon, the Baler-Casiguran road,” Bonoan said.

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Aurora board member assails invasion of park by illegal loggers

Mula sa Business Mirror, sinulat nila Carlos Marquez Jr. and Jonathan Mayuga:

ILLEGAL loggers, armed with high-powered firearms and chainsaws with “silencers,” have reportedly invaded the supposedly restricted 5,676-hectare Aurora Memorial National Park, a report shown to the BusinessMirror said.

Aurora board member Mariano Tangson lamented during the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) session this week that the heavily armed illegal loggers had outwitted the National Police and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as they continue to stay and cut trees in that park for a long time now.

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