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The Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance – USA

Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance Officers
Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance Officers

(AIOA-USA’s officers.Standing from left to right: Andy Leander, Atty. Terry Herrera, Roland Protesta, Ezer Teh, Primo Teh, Efren Padua, Dante Rubio. Seating from left to right: Jennifer Duaso-Faustino, Doris Pena-Herrera, Alegria Querijero-Wong, Dr. Belen G. Guerrero, Violeta Morada-Ferraren, Lucy Gonzales-Entac, Merle Francisco-Manalac and Cely Ruidera-Antonis)

I got acquainted with Mr. Dante Rubio via Facebook. Mr. Rubio is a former Board Member of Aurora Province and is now based in the USA. He is the President of an umbrella organization of Auroranians in the USA, the Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance – USA. I asked him for some info about AIOA-USA. Here’s his message:

The Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance-USA was brought about by a clamor to put up an umbrella organization for Auroranians in the US- which will serve as a venue- where we can vent out our longings and yearnings, and consequently, bring meaning to our exilic life here in the US. The association was preceded by a series of frustrations aimed at putting up a similar organization for Auroranians, but fizzled out to oblivion for unclear reason.

On its third year now, the AIOA-USA is bent on making an impact on the lives of, not only our members here, but to the people of Aurora. We realize we have to take advantage of the blessings of this great country and share it with the less fortunate of our kababayans. We dream to contribute to the development of our beloved province specially in the area of education, environment, tourism and hopefully, with God’s grace contribute to the living standards of the poor, by embarking on something that will provide economic impact on the province poor population. Last year we started to make our advocacy a reality by distributing used computers to the different schools located in the outskirts, like Cemento, Pingit, Obligacion in Baler, Dimanayat, Dikapinisan, Ditumabo in San Luis; Diome, Dikildit, Ditailen in Maria to name a few, and the rest of the towns getting their equitable share. We have distributed used clothings and other second hand stuffs, so that those who have practically nothing can have something to cover their body during those cold nights in the outback. These are continuing projects which we hope to continue for as long as we can sustain. The organizationis doing its fair share here in promoting tourism-by way of our press releases that saw print in Fil-Am newspapers- in the equally majestic Aurora known also for its pristine beaches, ctystal clear rivers, awesome waterfalls, breattaking mountain view and the giant waves that mesmerize many. Continue reading The Aurora Inter-Organizational Alliance – USA

Weekly Wrap-up (1/31/2010 – 2/6/2010)

These is a weekly summary for everything about Baler and Aurora posted on this website and at the Batangbaler Facebook Page.

The Nursing Licensure Examination Results were released. Among those who passed were Balerians and Aurorans: Kim Maureen Paladio, Karyl Vienne Mangalonzo, Jesse Pimentel II, Zen Sumalbag, Ivan Cordial, Minette Mae Teh, Regine Gatanela, Joyce Aquino, Shiela May Columna, Rosalina Bonamy, etc.. Congratulations!

Press release from ASEZA, NHA Sign MOA to Relocate Aurora Residents.

Press release from ASEZA, NHA Seal the Deal for Casiguran Residents’ Relocation.

A short video of Baler Poblacion streets at night.

Makikilala Mo Ako – a sampler of rapper FlictG, aka Ramond Rivera who hailed from Baler, Aurora.

Everyone’s invited to the 6th Aurora Skateboarding Competition to be held on February 12-13, 2010 at the Capitol grounds.

Covenant of Peace Signed at San Luis.

Aurora Day 2010 Schedule of Events

More photos from Lawstude’s Journeys Blog – History and Beauty in Ermita Hill.

Great Baler photos posted by Nathan of Digital Photography Philippines.

from Truck falls of cliff in Aurora, 3 injured. The accident happened in Brgy. Dianawan in Maria Aurora, the same place where another truck fell of a ravine last December (11 killed) and a fuel tank had an accident last October (3 injured).

The prolific Dimalangat Artists Community of Aurora recently participated in an art workshop, exhibit, and painting competition at Kunts Gallery in Batangas last January 29-31. Dimalangat member Vincent Gonzales was one of the juror’s price awardee in the competition. He is also running as a BOD member of the Art Association of the Philippines in this month’s election of officers.

Weekly Wrap-up (1/24/2010 – 1/30/2010)

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Batangbaler  readers are once again alerted that news from San Luis are available at the town’s official website – San Luis, Aurora.

from CBCP News: Priests outraged over lack of consultation on eco zone plan.

The Aurora Day 2010 Celebrations Schedule is available at the website. And listen to the Aurora Festival song while reading the skeds.

Become a fan of Aurora Province Facebook Page.

News from Aurora Becomes Trade Hub; Angara Lures More Investors

News from Angara: Bicameral Panel OKs Aurora Freeport Act.

A Prehistoric Burial Site at Sitio Castillo

News from Manila Standard Today: Aurora free port , economic zone wins panel nod.

News from Aurora farmers, fisherfolk oppose economic zone. offers Baler and Aurora tours via their website. And violates the intellectual property rights of Kidlat by using his photos without permission. Kidlat contacts lawyer.

List of pro-RH candidates released by Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines. Cong. Sonny Angara listed as co-author of the bill but has not issued public statement on the issue. Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo -“Championed RH Bill when she was in HOR. She led the passage of the very first local RH Code in the country. Known as an RH champion nationally and internationally. ” Batangbaler is pro-RH.

For future users of batangbaler photos, here’s the Creative Commons License details of the original contents of the site. Summary: OK to be used for non-commercial purposes as long as it is attributed. Not OK or requires permission for commercial purposes.

The Batangbaler Was Here Project. Print this image and take pictures with you anywhere you are in the world and post the pictures at the Batangbaler Facebook Page.

News from Politics behind raps – Noveras

That’s all folks. Until next week!

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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Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer

Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer
Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer

the news from manila bulletin online:

The country’s biggest social welfare development organization has conferred the coveted Hall of Fame award on Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo for being an outstanding governor and for advocating pro-poor programs and providing social services to the marginalized sectors in this province.

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Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer
Gov. Castillo, Oustanding Governor Award Hall of Famer

Photos by Ferdie Delos Reyes Doña Aurora Quezon’s Baler home rebuilt

Aurora Quezon House
Aurora Quezon House


The original owner of Doña Aurora’s house was Zeneida Molina, who married Pedro Aragon. No records exist for the birth date of Maria, their oldest daughter, but documents exist showing that their second daughter, Emilia, was born in the house in April 1877, verifying the existence of the house at least to that date.

Aurora, their youngest daughter, was born in the same house on Feb. 19, 1888.

When the Spaniards burned the town in the twilight of the Philippine Revolution, Aurora was forced to take refuge in the church during the Siege of Baler. She was about 9 years old then.

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Aurora Quezon House
Aurora Quezon House

The Latest from our Fave Balerian Musician -Jonathan Urbano

Here’s the latest update from our favorite Akaw musician Jonathan Urbano.

Jonathan is with Aiza Seguerra’s Pogi Band, so wherever Aiza plays, he’s also there. He’s the one who plays the violin. The video above shows them performing in one of their Singapore gigs. Aiza’s past album Open Arms topped the jazz charts in Singapore so they’re famous there. Read the news here.

Recently, Aiza released a new album titled Aiza Live. It was launched last August 10 and is now available on your favorite music stores. Don’t buy pirated. Read the news from

Here’s another news from abs-cbn news

Another one – Aiza says she’s staying put

Another video from ASAP, where Jonathan was a specially mentioned.

Another ASAP video

Here are their skeds:

August 28 – Araneta (ASAP Sessionistas)
Sa August 29 – SM Fairview po.

GMA visited Baler on its 400th anniversary and hails Auroranians

by Ronald Leander
August 19, 2009

BALER, Aurora – President Arroyo visited today this historical town jointly celebrating its 400th founding anniversary, the 131st birth Anniversary of the late President Manuel L. Quezon and the town’s annual fiesta celebration in honor of St. Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the town’s patron saint.

2009 Baler Fiesta
2009 Baler Fiesta

The Chief Executive led here the unveiling of the commemorative marker for its 400th anniversary as a municipality and she was joined by Sen. Edgardo Angara, House Deputy Majority Leader Juan Edgardo Angara, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo and Mayor Arthur Angara and the rest of Balerianos here in the birthplace of Quezon, considered the father of the national language.

The President also led the ribbon-cutting for the “flora and fauna” exhibit at the Museo de Baler and viewed the vintage presidential car of Quezon at the Quezon Memorial Park.

She also turned over P381,000 worth of cash incentives to 157 coconut farmers represented by their leaders.

The Chief Executive was later presented a commemorative stamp, pin and medal by National Historical Institute chairman Lamberto Ocampo.

Baler Fiesta 2009 - Historical Marker
Baler Fiesta 2009 - Historical Marker

Governor Angara-Castillo praised the President for not politicizing economic development by deciding to help the province which has only a small voting population saying PGMA is the only President who did not consider the size of a place in extending help but its potentials, adding the President even went here seven times in her eight years as President.

Senator Angara in his speech said that critics had been telling President Quezon that if he could not develop his hometown, how could he possible develop the entire country. And he answered that he is leaving the development of the province all up to his successors. And only President Arroyo took his word for it.

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