Back in the 70s and 80s, Dicaloyungan River was one of the best picnic places in Baler. It’s near the town and there was a big natural swimming pool just by the road. Here’s two pictures of the old place taken from the 1978 MLQ Centenial Yearbook:
The original caption from the yearbook reads:
In the midst of the Sierra Madre Mountains surrounded by wide coconut plantations and lusty vegetation is the popular Dicaloyungan Week-end Resort – famous for picnics, outings, dancing and other recreational activities. Constructed and being maintained by the Aurora Engineering District, DPH.
Hey, i’m not an internet celebrity so every time a picture I posted on FB gets 10 likes I get excited. When it reaches 100 likes I declare a viral hit. So here are the Top 10 most Liked pictures on the Batangbaler Facebook Page – so far.
No. 10. Baler bay looking west from Digisit. 320 Likes.
No. 9. The street dancers from Bayanihan National High School during the Aurora Day 2013 street dancing competition. 323 Likes.
A couple of weeks ago I got a tip from fellow photographer Jaymar about this other waterfalls in L. Pimentel, so we planned to go there and take pictures. I also decided to have a brief detour to Banju Springs in Brgy. Real, a tourist destination with very few online presence. So I posted an announcement in the Aurora Camera Club FB page about the trip and some group members responded. The date was set to Sunday, September 1. The meeting place was at the Quezon Park and I went there early to chek what’s new at the Museo de Baler – nothing. I saw Von and Mato waiting for me when I got out of the museum. There’s also Eddieboi but he’s just there for a quick meet and greet because he can’t come. We took off in our motorcycles a little after 10 am, had a brief stop at Caltex for provisions and fuel then off we went to San Luis. At Disalet Bridge, Rey and Jaymar and his friend were waiting for us. A few more chit-chats then off we go.
This photo was from Mr. Rollie Querijero. It was a group shot of a Flores de Mayo entourage taken inside Baler Church. In May 1939. It has so many details that a historian could learn many things just from this one photo. You might have pictures like this hidden in your Kak-ka’s baul. Bring them to light, have them scanned and give them a second life. That’s why photographs were invented, for the memories. Post it on your facebook page or send it to me at batangbaler at gmail dot com.
One of the most viewed photo album in my Facebook account is this collection of old photos from Baler and Aurora collected from the web, old books and magazines and from Balerians like Poppo Olag and Mrs. Mesina. Some photos from this collection have made it to exhibits at the National Library, NCCA, Malacañang and The Museo De Baler. If you want to add pictures to this collection, then start digging.
Digisit is just 15 minutes away from ASCOT where I work so I like to go there whenever i needed to cure a “bonog” or to exorcise the devil. Now it’s flirting with development with the road concreted all the way to Dikasalarin and most properties fenced and staked. It looks like the place is now the one needing exorcism.
Michelle D. Asuncion, a student from San Luis National High School who represented Brgy. Zarah is Bb. San Luis 2010. She bested 6 other candidates. Ms. Mary Jane A. Antonio from Brgy. Bacong (left) and Ms. Xyra B. Romulo from Brgy. Nonong Sr (right) won the 1st and 2nd runner-up awards. Bb. San Luis held on August 25 was the highlight of the one-week Sabutan Festival and 51st Foundation Anniversary of the Municipality of San Luis, Aurora.
Click on the picture above or the link below to view the decors and arches on the streets of San Luis in celebration of the town’s fiesta. San Luis was the first in the province to have a street decor contest to showcase their number one product -the Sabutan.