Spotted some kids playing on this huge walking stick at the dam going to Ditumabo Falls last Saturday. We didn’t go all the way to the Falls (i think it’s now called Hydro Falls), i’m not ready to see the change yet but a big building near the dam and some huge metal pipes provided some sneak preview.
The Island Paradise Adventure Race is “a 9-day auto rally through 8 tourist destinations/provinces in Luzon based on a “on-time, all the time” system, featuring 35 teams. Each team shall be composed of 3 persons, one of whom will be required to perform certain physical and mental challenges at the control points and pit stops”. The concept was borrowed by the Department of Tourism from the reality TV show – Amazing Race. Only here, the participants can bring their own car. It’s a project of the DOT Region III and Baler is the first pitstop. The local tourism office prepared a grand welcome for the participants. It includes a fiesta-like setup at the beach which showcased the best of Aurora – foods, bazaars, parties, streetdancers and the komedya. At San Luis, the contestants were required to finish a sabutan hat before going to the pitstop.
I only checked out the Saturday afternoon gig and enjoyed the komedya and a pack of sistarong kibit. The event was well attended. There was also a night beach party which I hope was never spoiled by the rain (a regular summer thing in Baler – night time rains after a boiling-hot day). Then there was a send-off event on Sunday morning.
Check out the inq7.net news about the race.
No swimming signs on some dangerous parts of the beach.
I think i’ve seen these flags before.
Nothing beats watching a komedya by the beach on a hot summer afternoon.
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My favorite stretch of road in Aurora is this part of the highway at San Luis that leads to Ditumabo.
Edelio Delos Santos is the Editor-in -Chief of Balikas, a livelihood, environment, and community newspaper circulated in the Calabarzon, Area. He hailed from San Isidro, San Luis, Aurora. His regular column in the paper is Barakong Kape. This is his latest article:
Kwentong TV at Baha sa Aurora. Dumating ang ilang magkakasunod na bagyo na nagdulot ng pag-apaw ng Ilog Dikildit na katabi ng aming barangay. Sikat bigla ang San Isidro, halos kalahati ng aming barangay ay lumubog sa baha. Ang binahang bahagi ay ang Purok Tres, na tinatawag naming “Tondo,” kung saan karamihan ng nakatira’y mahihirap na magsasaka. Ilang linggo ang inabot bago humupa ang tubig.