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Saturday Mornings are Zumba Day for Bauangenians
Written by Joan Diaz-Sabado   

              Mayor Martin P. De Guzman III led the municipal employees, teachers and members of the Senior Citizen Association along with their family members, during the launching of the Aerobic Zumba sessions every Saturday, Nov. 15. Pamilya sama-sama sa malusog na pangangatawan tungo sa masaganang kinabukasan is the theme. “This is a great and healthy bonding activity for you and your families,” the Mayor said in his message encouraged everyone to live and practice a healthy lifestyle, “We will be offering more sports and fitness activities that will be enjoyed by families and group of friends.”

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October 31st: Bauang’s Panagkakarar-rua 2014
Written by Joan Diaz-Sabado   

After the great entertainment, merriment and beer-drinking spree of Oktoberfest 2014 by the Bauang Tourism Council which was held last October 11 at Hotel Ariana, October is also the Panagkakarar-rua Festival of Bauang.

“For four years in a row, this year’s Oktoberfest was awesome with the presence of foreigners coming with their partners and friends in tow, “Marissa L. Gualberto, BTC Chairperson said. “Those who don’t drink were also there to enjoy the night with the great music provided by the Edralins and the Baggak Band and be with their friends. This is Oktoberfest, the celebration of friendships, with or without beer,” she added.

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The Simple Bauangeno: Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman III
Written by Russel Patalinghog (http://visitlaunion.com)   

The Simple Bauangeno: Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin P. De Guzman III

When being Mayor is just a job

We met at Barangay Dili, Bauang, because Mayor De Guzman, or Mayor Martin, was on his routine barangay meet-and-greet. I was told that he made sure he was constantly immersing with his constituents, and met with all the barangay officials at least once a month. And then I knew I was going to interview someone extraordinary.
Mayor De Guzman was born into a political family. Being a fourth generation politician in a long line of politicians in La Union, he is very familiar with political life. However, he didn’t really plan on entering the political arena at first. He was in the US, a practicing licensed accountant, when his father was afflicted with cancer. He then had to come home and it was then when the question was posed on him. He refused the offer and went back to the States, and as fate had it, went back to La Union to pursue a life in governance. He became mayor of Bauang, then became vice governor of La Union, sat in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for two terms, and then back to the mayoral seat. He is now on his second term as mayor.

“If you’re vice governor, the work is legislative. But when you’re a mayor, the work is more administrative.” He explained that the work as mayor is more challenging because as an administrator, he implements what is legislated, and deals with issues on a day-to-day basis. He added, “sometimes, I also act as a legislator because with whatever action I want to do, I will have to consult the Sangguniang Bayan.”

Particularly in addressing the issues of Bauang tourism, he admitted that the task is “very challenging.” He went into politics when Bauang tourism was in a slump, as tourist’s attention was more focused in places like Boracay.

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BAUANG BAGGAK CHOIR PERFORMED IN SOKOR
Written by Sunn Shyne Lopez and Joan Diaz   

Bauang, La Union – One of Bauang’s pride, the Bauang Baggak Choir was invited in South Korea for a special performance for the 32nd Taebaek City National Choir Competition which was participated by 30 chorale groups August 22-23. The City Government of Taebaek in Gangwon Province in South Korea lead by Mayor Kim Yeon-Sik, Deputy Mayor Yoon Seok-Gyu and the other City officials warmly welcomed the choir and the delegation from Bauang.

 

Prior to the invitation of the Taebaek City Government, the Gangwon Teachers Choir of South Korea also performed in Bauang in a Concert Tour last January 24 displaying their culture through their songs and performances. After which, in February 6, the Deputy Mayor of Taebaek City along with some of their key officials also visited Bauang. It is prelude to the forging of a friendship city relation between the two towns.

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