2004 News Archive

The Basic Reforms We Must Carry Out
BizNews Asia/December 13 – December 20, 2004

The need to carry out the basic reforms is more urgent now than any other point in the recent past. Either we begin now or the decline of the national condition becomes irreversible. click here to read the full story»

The Town Where Time Stands Still
BizNews Asia/December 13 – December 20, 2004

The Castillian feared the plunder of Aurora province’s vast forests, especially by businessman and foreign commercial interests. He wanted the region remain pristine paradise for inhabitants. Quezon wished that Baler could only be reached by sea. click here to read the full story»

Angara’s Enduring Legacy:
The BSP, Free High School, CHED, TESDA, PhilHealth, Senior Citizens
BizNews Asia/December 13 – December 20, 2004

Ask Edgardo Angara the most important reform measures he authored or shepherded in the Senate and he readily ticks off a number of them. These include: the Bangko Sentral Law that established the new central bank; free high school, the removal of the negative list to open up existing industries to new players, education reform, mass health insurance through PhilHealth, and the Senior Citizens Law. click here to read the full story»

Edong Angara Wants A Total Log Ban and Defines His Legacy
BizNews Asia/December 13 – December 20, 2004

On Dec. 27, 1735, the town of Baler, Aurora was inundated by an earthquake-induced massive tidal wave, wiping out its entire population except for five families – Lumasac, Bitong, Carrasco, Poblete, Bijasa and Angara. Three of the families move out of Baler, leaving two, the Lumasacs and the Angaras in the town which was relocated two kilometers inland. click here to read the full story»

Why Angara Met with GMA
BizNews Asia/December 13 – December 20, 2004

Just before leaving for Germany last October, Senator Edgardo Angara had a private meeting with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her sprawling Forbes Park home. Present at the meeting were Senate President Frank Drilon and House Speaker Jose de Venecia, who arranged the conversation. The three-hour tete-a-tete triggered speculations that Angara was joining the cabinet and abandoning the opposition. In this privilege speech delivered Nov. 16, 2004 on the Senate floor, the opposition leader explains why he agreed to talk Arroyo: click here to read the full story»

Relief Workers See Tougher Work in Devastated Aurora
Manila Times - December 13, 2004

Rescue and rehabilitation teams are expecting worse difficulties over the next few days as disaster-stricken Aurora province remained without electricity and roads remained impassable. click here to read the full story»

Super-typhoon "Yoyong" Approaches Luzon Aurora on path of typhoon
Manila Bulletin, December 12, 2004

Super-typhoon "Yoyong", packing center winds of up to 200 kilometers per hour, is on the path to Luzon and expected to hit either the provinces of Quezon or Aurora today or tomorrow. click here to read the full story»

Savaging a Mother
Manila Times Online, December 12, 2004

To Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo of Aurora, her "Ulirang Ina" award is the "mother of all awards." The others, such as the general recognition that she was one of the best woman lawyers in the country during her days in active law practice, can go and can be taken away. Welcome compliments perhaps. It is the "Ulirang Ina" award that she cherishes most. It is the story of her life. click here to read the full story»

Arroyo on Real rescue: It's a miracle, praise God
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Dec. 10, 2004

IT'S A MIRACLE. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday praised the heavens for the rescue of four survivors from the rubble of a collapsed building in Real, Quezon. click here to read the full story»

Sen. Angara Calls for the Employment of Tribesmen against Illegal Loggers
Manila Times Online, December 7, 2004

Senator Edgardo Angara called for the employment of tribesmen as guardians of the forests. click here to read the full story»

Typhoon-hit Areas Get Relief
Manila Times, Nov. 29,2004

The composite team from government agencies continues to conduct a relief and rehabilitation operations in areas damaged by the recent typhoon "Violeta" here, east of Central Luzon, and adjoining towns. click here to read the full story»

Dingalan Death Toll Now 23
Manila Bulletin Online, November 25, 2004

Eight more were added to the growing list of casualties of the flashfloods that hit Dingalan last Monday due to typhoons Unding and Violeta. This brings the total death toll for Dingalan to 23. click here to read the full story»

Typhoon Violeta Unleashes Fury on Aurora
Manila Bulletin Online, November 24, 2004

After the onslaught of typhoon Unding, tropical depression Violeta unleashed its fury on Aurora killing 16 people barely a day after Unding left. click here to read the full story»

11 dead in Aurora due to 'Violeta'--NDCC
Philippine Daily Inquirer, November 23, 2004

ELEVEN people were confirmed dead due to flash floods in Aurora province caused by tropical storm "Violeta," the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said Tuesday. click here to read the full story»

Rep. Sonny Angara: Not Exactly his Father's Shadow
Manila Times, August 1, 2004

MINUS the spectacles and graying hair, Rep. Juan Edgardo "Sonny" Angara bears a striking resemblance to his father, opposition Senator Edgardo Angara. But beyond physicality, more noticeable is the regal bearing of Aurora province's newly elected lone district representative: the stately gait, the neatly combed hair, the open smile and the charismatic flair that brought down his opponent in the last May election by almost 30,000 votes. click here to read the full story»

Angara's Son Wins in Aurora's Lone Congressional Seat
TODAY - May 17, 2004

Lawyer Juan Edgardo Angara, the KNP candidate and only son of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, was proclaimed by the Commission on Elections on Wednesday as the province's lone district's congressional representative after final figures showed he won by 29,992 votes over Estrello Ong of Lakas-CMD. click here to read the full story»

Find it in Baler
Road Trip (INQ7, May 2004)

This sleepy seaside town lies on the eastern coast of Aurora, a province that straddles the Sierra Madre mountain range toward the north and touches Quezon province on its southern tip. click here to read the full story»

Casiguran Power Plant Expansion to Raise Capacity to 1,000kW
Manila Times Online, February 24, 2004

The residents of three municipalities of Northern Aurora will soon be able to enjoy electricity supply round the clock as the National Power Corporation broke ground for the Casiguran Diesel Power Plant expansion project last February 19. click here to read the full story»

A Gem of a Mother
Health & Lifestyle - February 2004

It was drizzling that morning and the sky was charcoal gray. The people of Dingalan, in Aurora province, were in the thick of preparations for the feast of Sagrada Familia. Despite the impending downpour, the local spirits were high. They were all looking forward to a day of feasting and thanksgiving. click here to read the full story»

Angara - Ong showdown in Aurora
The Philippine Star - January 12, 2004

The long-anticipated political showdown between the Angara and Ong clans in this province is now on with three Angaras and the same number of Ongs eyeing the top provincial posts in the May 10 polls. click here to read the full story»

Aurora's Outstanding Mother and Lawmaker
Philippines Free Press - January 3, 2004

If there's one outstanding personality in the House of Representatives, it is the motherly presence of Rep. Bellaflor J. Angara-Castillo of the lone district of Aurora. click here to read the full story»


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