Thursday, July 28, 2005


Flood simulation at Villa Aurora, December 30, 2004.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


Tikbalang aka Bryan, from Baler, uses classic manual SLR cameras to take pictures. Some cameras are even older than him. But instead of having the films developed directly into prints he has them scanned and saved to CDs as digital files which he says is cheaper than the usual developing process. A perfect analog-digital combo sample. Here are some of his interesting photos:

Pasirit sa may Digisit.

Umaga na!

Bangka sa Cemento



Mata sa litson.

Tutubi sa sili.


Tikbalang also makes small but functional stoves out of empty aluminum softdrink or beer cans that uses isoprophyl or denatured alcohol for fuel. Check out the demo.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Pictures Without Houses

Here's a relief from the tons of houses, concrete and wire photos of Baler i posted last week. Still in Baler all taken in the past ten days.

Sunset in Buhangin.

Sunset in Dikaloyungan.

A strange twister-like cloud formation.

Grass flower. 1/4 inch beauty.

Duungan River.

The two towers of Boton.

View from the top floor of AMCO Beach resort.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Baler Now!

This is for all Balerians who have not been home for quite some time. Some of you were away for a year or less and these pictures will look familiar. But for those who have been away for years, this photoset will be a revelation. This is what the Poblacion of Baler looks now. Most of the pictures were taken along the Quezon Highway. The map shows the location and direction where each picture was taken. Enjoy!

PHOTO 1: The Municipal Building. During the tenure of Mayor Emil EtcubaƱez, the walls of the plaza were torn down to make place for the covered court.

PHOTO 2: Quezon Highway, from where it starts in front of the Aurora Memorial Hospital and going to Suklayin and San Luis area. The building on the left is Mount Carmel College and on the right is the Quezon Memorial Park.

PHOTO 3: San Luis St. This is the road in front of the hospital going to Brgy. Buhangin. The hospital is on the right (not on picture) and the structures on the left, beside the Quezon park, are pharmacies and the permanent rolling stores whre lunch is good and cheap.

PHOTO 4. This old house is located in front of the park on the corner of Aurora St. and Quezon Highway. It is unoccupied and owned by the Molinas.

PHOTO 5. Quezon Highway in front of the park. Another shot of the Molina house with other houses along stretch.

PHOTO 6. This house is located along the Highway on the corner of Angara St. This is the present house of Ka Karding Rivera, the original owner is the family of his wife. Fill me up on this please.

PHOTO 7. On the other side of the Molina house along Aurora St. and Quezon Hiway.

PHOTO 8: Aurora Street going to Bugos Street.

PHOTO 9. Aurora Street going to Baler Institute. On the right is the Quezon Memorial Park. The greenish house on the left is the home of Batangbaler regular Ymay Lady.

PHOTO 10. Quezon Highway going to Suklayin. Photo taken from the corner of Aurora St. The tall tower is the transmitter of Studio 23.

PHOTO 11. The former Farmacia Amor at the corner of Angara and Mabini Streets.

PHOTO 12. This is the Cautivar house located on the other side of the former Farmacia Amor along Angara St.

PHOTO 13. Corner of Quezon Highway and Angara St. The road on the left goes to the gate of Baler Central School.

PHOTO 14. I posted this earlier. This is the corner of Quezon Highway and Angara Street going to Buhangin.

PHOTO 15. Quezon Highway going to the hospital. Taken from the corner of Angara St.

PHOTO 16. Quezon Highway going to Suklayin. Taken from the corner of Angara Street.

PHOTO 17. Angara Street going to Baler Central School.

PHOTO 18. Angara Street going to Buhangin. Taken from Quezon highway.

PHOTO 19. The house at the corner of Quezon Highway and Carrasco Street.

PHOTO 20. The houses at the corner of Quezon Highway and Gomez Street. Going to Suklayin.

PHOTO 21. Carrasco Street going to Burgos Street.

PHOTO 22. Corner of Carrasco and Quezon Highway.

PHOTO 23. On the other side of the road. Quezon Highway corner Carrasco Street.

PHOTO 24. Recto Street. This road goes all the way to the new Public Market and the Kinalapan area.

PHOTO 25. Old house awaiting demolition. Quezon Highway corner Recto Street.

PHOTO 26. Quezon Highway going to the hospital. Taken from the corner of Recto Street.

PHOTO 27. Quezon Highway going to Suklayin. Taken from the corner of Recto Street.

PHOTO 28. From the other side of the road. Quezon highway going to Suklayin.

PHOTO 29. The Farro house at the corner of Quezon Highway and Bonifacio Street.

PHOTO 30. Bonifacio Street, the last street of the Poblacion if you will start from the hospital.

PHOTO 31. Thw highway going to the hospital. Picture taken near Bonifacio Street.

PHOTO 32. Little Cabanatuan.

Thursday, July 07, 2005


from Villagers flee homes as 'Emong' hits Aurora province. Fearing another round of landslides, at least 100 families in Dingalan, Aurora, fled to higher ground on Tuesday as rains brought by tropical depression "Emong" hit town, said officials.Dingalan Councilor Shiela Taay said residents of Barangay Paltic sought refuge in houses of relatives or fled to the Dingalan Bay Resort.Insp. Almario Evaristo, the town's police chief, said the residents panicked."They have developed phobia," Evaristo said, referring to the landslides and flash floods that struck Dingalan in November last year.


Meanwhile in Baler, i failed to get the news that there was a typhoon coming. It was raining all day last Tuesday and i noticed that the Kinalapan River swelled to suspicious level. The rain switched to drizzle mode during the night. I saw a convoy of ABS-CBN OB van and pickup all lit-up like they're expecting another show like the December 2004 one. Too bad for them. The next day was a hot sunny day aside from the freak rainstorm that lasted for 30 minutes around 2 pm. Then it was sunny again. That's the weather report, this is Kidlat signing out.

Monday, July 04, 2005


Here's another news about the recent Phil-Spanish Friendship Day celebration in Baler. From Siege of Baler Recounted, by Tonette Orejas.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

News Alerts

from the Manila Times Internet Edition: Descendants of last Spanish
colonial troops in RP honored
, by Dino Balabo.

from Manila Bulletin Online: Enduring friendship between RP, Spain lauded at Baler rites


They call these flowers Manimani owing to the resemblance of their leaves to the peanut plant. They have these tiny yellow flowers that opens fully in the morning and closes at midday. Picture taken in front of Aurora State College of Technology in Dicaloyungan.