Category Archives: Ma. Aurora

Atty. Olipas

March 2, was a historic day, at least for Atty. Isagani Olipas, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Secretary. That’s the last SP session he attended as a secretary. Atty. Olipas retired on friday March 5 after 35 years in service. Atty. Isagani Olipas, from Maria Aurora, served every Aurora governor from Luis Etcubañez to Bellaflor Angara-Castillo.

In the picture is Atty. Olipas and his wife Mrs. Minda Garcia Olipas, flanked by Gov. Castillo and Vice. Gov. Tangson during his retirement party.

Kapuso

Villa Aurora was on network news the past two days. 24 Oras, GMA 7’s primetime news program featured Kapuso Foundation’s school rehabilitation program. The elemetary school in Villa Aurora was covered by a landslide during the November 30 typhoon. Well not only the school but the whole place. The foundation, with the help of Habitat for Humanity and the local officials, will put up a new school at the mountaintop of Sitio Dimani. No less than Mel Tiangco, did the groundbreaking for the construction. Good news.

Oplan Villa Aurora

Part 3 of Aurora Volunteers’ relief operation in Villa Aurora on December 31st was another success. The Villa residents are now in Sitio Dimani and we were able to give them our small yuletide presents. Going to the place is another story, the road was one big landslide from Diteki to Villa, and i guess up to Labi in Bongabong. Most of the concrete roads are now gone or unusable and the road condition reverted back to the 1960’s. Villa is one big mess of a place. All structures were either submerged in sand or covered with landslides.

Big thanks again to those who helped with the goodies and the actual operation. Thanks also for the pandesal, the lunch, the cake and the merienda. Our New Year felt much much better.


Some part of the road are so bad we have to get out of the jeep and walk. Notice the concrete double box culvert thrown out of the road.


Cooling off the engine. We were perched on the roof of the jeep because priority was given to the goods. During the operation, people were treated only as second class cargo.

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Adios Villa Aurora!

Villa Aurora before:

Photo of Villa Aurora taken on 2001
Photo of Villa Aurora taken on 2001

Photo of Villa Aurora taken on 2001
Photo of Villa Aurora taken on 2001
Photo of Villa Aurora taken on September 2004
Photo of Villa Aurora taken on September 2004 (by Olin Duaso)

Villa Aurora now:

Video Capture of Villa Aurora taken on December 2004
Video Capture of Villa Aurora taken on December 2004

courtesy of Provincial Government of Aurora

Picture of Villa Aurora bridge taken on December 2004 (Joseph Gonzales)
Picture of Villa Aurora bridge taken on December 2004 (Joseph Gonzales)

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