Aurora: The First Lady and the Province

At first glance, this article could just be about a person of historical importance. She was after all the first lady of the first president of Commonwealth of the Philippines. She was beloved by the Filipino people, most especially by the people of Baler, her hometown. Aurora Antonia Aragón viuda de Quezón was heavily involved with humanitarian activities, particularly as the first chairperson of the Philippine Red Cross.

This article is more about that province which was named in her memory: Aurora. My 62nd province. The province of Aurora started off as a sub-province of Quezon (Tayabas) in 1951. 28 years after, during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, Aurora became an independent province.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

I was on a plane bound for Manila, browsing thru the pages of the airline’s magazine and stumbled on an article with the bold title: Resurrecting the Past. A catchy phrase but which part of the past is it? The next few pages had some photos of old Filipino houses and buildings that were probably from the 1800s. And these houses were found in a heritage resort in Bagac, Bataan.

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Reading the article got me so excited to visit Las Casas Filipinas. This heritage resort is a first in the country and definitely it is a place like no other. Why is it unique?

Quite a perfect timing. Bataan is poised to be my 61st province to be visited. What better way to visit Bataan than to check its historic past. I’ll be writing a separate entry about Bataan and the must-visit places of this province. But for now, I’d like to tell more of this very interesting place where you can resurrect the past and pretend to be one of the characters of Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

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