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2006 News Articles

Aurora worst hit as storm topples trees, brings floods
Inquirer, Nov. 12, 2006

Two persons in Casiguran, Aurora, were hurt when strong winds brought about by Typhoon "Queenie" toppled a tree that pinned their houses on Saturday, provincial officials said. click here to read the full story»

Northern, Central Luzon cope with Paeng's destruction
Inquirer, Oct. 31, 2006

Reports of destruction, injuries and deaths continued to trickle in Tuesday as super typhoon Paeng moved out of the country. Thousands of families were displaced by the floods. Several persons remained missing. click here to read the full story»

Bedazzled by Baler
The Philippine Star, Sept. 3, 2006

I am a child of the universe as I synergize with nature and all its bounties. One of my most surreal experiences is walking barefoot on the shore, the cool water refreshing my feet, as the waves seem to whisper my name. I turn on my iPod and internalize my favorite Andrea Bocelli song, The Prayer, scrutinize the endless path before me, then close my eyes as I continue exhilarating walk. click here to read the full story»

Aurora mayor defies suspension order
Inquirer, Aug. 30, 2006

For almost a month now, Mayor Marilyn Marquez of Dinalungan, Aurora, has continued to defy a 60-day preventive suspension over a road user's fee ordinance. click here to read the full story»

Baler High
What's On & Expat, Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, 2006

Last minute trips I am told are normally wrought with adventure and discovery, these descriptions I have to qualify are normally true for people who are keen on backpacking and in every literal sense "roughing it". There is fear that adventure and discovery are not of those documented so prettily on the pages of a glossy magazine, but there is also that heart racing chance of finding something new about the country you live in, and about yourself. click here to read the full story»

Where Nature Finds Home
Diabetease, April-May 2006

A respite for the maddening grind of urban life and its many pressures is in order. You pack your bag and shunning the usual weekend getaways, take a 45-minute SEAIR flight from Manila, to a place where the excesses of modern living take a backseat. A few minutes into your journey you are greeted by a sudden change of scenery - the industrial smog-covered wasteland gives way to lush greenery parted gracefully by a web of winding streams and rivers. You know you have finally arrived in Aurora - one of the country's best kept nature and culture hideaways. click here to read the full story»

Aurora closes info gap
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar. 15, 2006

NO mountains like the overgrown Sierra Madre ranges are high and far enough to keep the power of information technology away from the reach of more than 13,000 farmers and fishermen in Baler, Aurora. Fringed by a horseshoe-shaped valley and the coast of the Pacific Ocean, the capital town of Aurora, 270 km northeast of Metro Manila, is being equipped to become the country's first digital village. click here to read the full story»

NGO worker abducted in Aurora
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mar. 6, 2006

A non-government organization worker and radio anchor abducted by armed men in Baler town, Aurora province, on Friday night has remained missing, his colleagues said. click here to read the full story»

Trees keep falling in Aurora forests
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 24, 2006

ILLEGAL LOGGING activities have remained rampant and unchecked in at least two Aurora towns even on the heels of killer landslides in 2004, a Catholic priest told the Inquirer on Wednesday. click here to read the full story»

Calamity-ravaged Aurora opens door to commercial flights
Philippine Star, Feb. 18, 2006

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This remote, calamity-hit province welcomed the first commercial flight at the Dr. Juan C. Angara Airport yesterday noon. click here to read the full story»

Manila - Baler flights starts February 17

Regular flights between Manila and Baler, Aurora will start February 17, a landmark event for a province that has been synonymous with remoteness and isolation. click here to read the full story»

P1B released for areas ruined by 'Agaton'
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jan. 31, 2006

President Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday announced the release of a total of P1 billion to the National Disaster Coordinating Council for flood control infrastructure projects and agricultural assistance in calamity-prone areas this year. click here to read the full story»

2 killed, 170,000 people displaced by floods in Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jan. 27, 2006

FLOODS following days of monsoon rains killed at least two people and affected more than 170,000 others in northern and central Luzon, officials said Friday. click here to read the full story»

Agaton' brings rains, landslides to villages
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jan. 26, 2006

Continuous rains brought by Tropical Depression Agaton since Wednesday have flooded 100 low-lying areas in Isabela's 35 towns and in the cities of Cauayan and Santiago. click here to read the full story»

Howard Dee, man for peace
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 23, 2006

"TODAY the flames of Edsa are flickering, peaceful reform is dying on the vine and our democracy is threatened again." click here to read the full story»

Casiguran's Virgin Coconut Distilled Wine and Coconut Vinegar:
Naturally Made, Naturally Healthy
Feb. 23, 2006

For the residents of this town some 150 kilometers northeast of Manila and situated at the foot of the majestic Sierra Madre Mountain Range, festive occasions will never be complete without a drinking session of virgin coconut distilled wine or commonly known as "lambanog". click here to read the full story»

Aurora - On a Flight to Progress
Feb. 22, 2006

Last Friday, February 17, 2006 at 10:00 am, I boarded a SEAir plane on its inaugural flight to Baler, Aurora Province. Inside, there wasn't much air ventilation, but there was surely an air of pride. click here to read the full story»

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DoJ drops case vs Dingalan mayor over journalist's death
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 22, 2006

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has dismissed for lack of evidence a case against a town mayor in Aurora province for murder of a journalist last year, according to a resolution issued by the DoJ. click here to read the full story»

17 Central Luzon villages 'high-risk'
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Feb. 20, 2006

At least 17 upland villages in three Central Luzon provinces are at "high-risk" to landslides, according to the chief geologist of the regional Mines and Geosciences Bureau here. click here to read the full story»


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