Pukut Season

Pamumukut is the local term for baby purse-seining, where a purse-like net called “pukut” is layed out offshore and pulled on both ends like a drawstring from the shore by persons called “mamumukot“. Pulling the net is a choreographed movement, similar to doing the cha-cha. Back in the days, anyone who wanted to get free fish can help in pulling the “pukut” and he will be given a share of the catch. However, this type of fishing was outlawed years ago because of its negative effects on fish stocks. In Baler, there are months when it’s allowed in certain areas and this month, September, is pukut season.

It’s been years since I last saw a live pukut event. Luckily I managed to witness one on Labasin Beach last Sunday, September 14. Check out the pictures:

After about two hours of pulling the net, the day’s catch is about five kilos of small fishes and another five kilos of trash. That’s how it goes, says one of the mamumukot, sometimes you catch many fishes, sometimes you catch nothing.

Gov. Gerry Noveras’ Radio Program

On September 7, the radio program of Aurora Governor Gerry A. Noveras went on-air at DZJO Spirit FM. The airtime was 5:00 am, when most of us were still sleeping. The program featured information and updates on the different projects of our Governor and the Provincial Government. The show was live-streamed via the station’s ustream channel.  Unfortunately, it was never recorded for future listening. The second episode however, was recorded. You can listen to the September 14 program here:

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Don’t miss the program tomorrow starting at 5:00 am. If you’re in the Central Aurora area you can tune in to DZJO-FM 101.7Mhz. If you’re out of town or out f the country, you can listen to it via internet at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dzjo-baler-radio

DEPED Division Integrated Competition 2013

DEPED Division Integrated Competition

Last Friday the 13th I was invited to judge in one of the contests of the DEPED Division Integrated Competition in Math, Science, MAPEH, TLE and PPE. Don’t ask me about those initials, I don’t know what they stand for. So as a value added service, they get free coverage. And this one really needs coverage. Being an event with a captured audience, the DEPED people doesn’t really need to promote it. But judging from what I saw, this could be turned into a festival of sorts. More people should know about this. It’s more fun!

The Division Integrated Competition is a one day event where students in elementary and high school from Aurora Province compete in contests ranging from the usual quiz bee and singing and dancing to other unexpected ones like nail art, tarpaulin making and movie trailer production. This year, all the contest were held simultaneously in three different venues in Baler and the audiences were mostly the participants themselves, their parents, and the teachers. Check out some pictures:

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Dicaloyungan River – A Second Look

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:

Dikaloyungan 1970s

Dikaloyunga 1970s

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.

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Top 10 Most Liked Photos on Batangbaler Facebook Page

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.

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Ak’kaw Poppo – Talaan ng mga Salitang Baler

The cover of the book Ak'kaw Poppo.
The cover of the book Ak’kaw Poppo.

On August 19, 2013, in time with the 135th Birth Anniversary of the Star of Baler Manuel L. Quezon and the Baler Fiesta, Banak, Inc launched the book Ak’kaw Poppo – Talaan ng mga Salitang Baler, a dictionary of Baler words compiled by Olag Selaznog. I believe this is the first published collection of unique words that we use exclusively in Baler. The earliest known collection of Baler words was made by Damian Amazona in the 50s and reportedly his manuscript is still extant at the National Archives. Poppo Olag Selaznog (Galo Gonzales) has been compiling his list since he left Baler in the 50s. Batangbaler also has an online dictionary of Baler words since 2002. The 88-page booklet also features list of unique expressions we use in Baler like Are! and Akkaw! and a foreword by Mrs. Zeneida “Nini” Quezon Avanceña.

The book publisher Baler Aurora Ngayon Angkan at Kasaysayan (Banak, Inc.) is a non-stock, non-profit organization that consists of individuals who trace their roots to Baler, Aurora. Its members are bound by a common desire to learn about, document and preserve Baler’s colorful history, culture and genealogy. Yours truly, Kidlat, is a member of Banak, Inc.

The book is available for P200.00 at  43 Quezon Street (opposite NorFil Gas Station), Barangay Suklayin, Baler, Aurora. Look for Enick Valenzuela.

San Luis, Aurora – No. 6 Top Performing Municipality in the Philippines for 2011

That’s from the report published by the Department of Interior and Local Government in their website on August 23. Considering that there are 1,491 municipalities in the country, being in the Top 6 is a great feat for San Luis. Mayor Annabelle Tangson posted this comment in my FB post about her town’s accomplishment:

Thank you sa mga opisyales at mga mamamayan ng San Luis. Nangyari Ito dahil sa ating pagkakaisa at mabuting pagsasamat, sa susunod dapat number one na. Taos pusong pasasalamat!

The DILG Report – Top Performing LGU’s, CYs 2009-2011

San Luis Top 6 Best Performing Municipality for 2011 - DILG Report.
San Luis Top 6 Best Performing Municipality for 2011 – DILG Report.

San Luis is also the top municipality in Aurora Province based on the Good Governance Index (2008) issued by National Statistical Coordinating Council.

Good Governance Index of Aurora Municipalites (2008) (source: www.nscb.gov.ph)
1. San Luis – 240.35/Rank 174
2. Dinalungan – 227.96/Rank 202
3. Casiguran – 216.22/Rank 248
4. Dipaculao – 187.41/Rank 364
5. Dilasag – 176.40/Rank 438
6. Baler – 175.74/Rank 444
7. Maria Aurora – 154.47/Rank 606
8. Dingalan – 115.13/Rank 1,110

 

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