Aurora Provincial Capitol
|Nickname(s): Land of the Golden Sunrise; Gateway to the Pacific|
|Motto: Bagong Sigla, Bagong Pag-asa|
Map of the Philippines with Aurora highlighted
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Founded||1951 (sub-province of Quezon)|
|Province||August 13, 1979|
|• Type||Province of the Philippines|
|• Governor||Gerardo A. Noveras (NPC)|
|• Vice-Governor||Rommel Rico T. Angara (LDP)|
|• Total||3,147.32 km2 (1,215.19 sq mi)|
|Area rank||45th out of 80|
|• Rank||70th out of 80|
|• Density||64/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||76th out of 80|
|• Independent cities||0|
|• Component cities||0|
|• Districts||Lone district of Aurora|
|• Ethnic groups||Tagalog (53%), Ilocano (31%), Kapampangan, Kasigurahin, Kankana-ey (16%)|
|• Languages||Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Pangasinan, English|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||3200 to 3207|
|ISO 3166 code||PH-AUR|
Aurora is a province of the Philippines located in the eastern part of Central Luzon region, facing the Philippine Sea. Its capital is Baler and borders, clockwise from the south, the provinces of Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Isabela.
Before 1979, Aurora was part of the province of Quezon. Aurora was, in fact, named after Aurora Aragon, the wife of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon, the president of the Philippine Commonwealth, after whom the mother province was named.
Aurora is subdivided into 8 municipalities.
In 1572, the Spanish explorer Juan de Salcedo became the first European to visit the region that would be known as Aurora while he was exploring the northern coast of Luzon. Salcedo reportedly visited the towns of Casiguran, Baler and Infanta.
In the early days of the Spanish colonial period, Aurora was ecclesiastically linked to Infanta, which today rests further south, in northern Quezon. The earliest missionaries in the province were the Franciscans, who had established missions in Baler and Casiguran in 1609. Due to lack of available personnel, the region was given to the jurisdiction of the Agustinians and Recollects in 1658, but was returned to the Friars Minor in 1703. Other early missions included Dipaculao, established in 1719, and Casiguran, in 1753.
The early history of Aurora is linked to Quezon Province, of which it formed a part until its establishment as a province, and Nueva Ecija, under which the area was governed as the District of El Príncipe.
|Population census of Aurora|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Based on the 2000 census survey, more than half of the population is Tagalog 52.85% and about less than 1/3 of the population is Ilocano 31.43%. Other ethnic groups like Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Kasiguranin and Kankana-ey compromised about 16% of the population.
The majority of the people of Aurora province are lowland Christians, particularly Tagalog in municipalities south of Baler, the capital, Ilocano in municipalities north of Baler, some Pangasinan in Maria Aurora, west of Baler and some Kapampangan in the capital.
There are also pockets of Negritos, called Dumagats. Most Dumagats are living in the hillsides or mountains. They are believed to have result from a fusion of Austronesian and Melanesian ancestries, and survive from fishing and hunting. There are three kinds of Dumagats in Aurora province, the Umiray Dumagat, Casiguran Dumagat, and the Palanan Dumagat. All three subgroupings have the Bible translated into their languages.
Corn crops, rice and other major agricultural crops are grown in Aurora.
Aurora Pacific Economic Zone
Casiguran is home to the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority or APECO a special economic zone located in this coastal town. Created in 2007 by virtue of Republic Act No. 9490 thru the efforts of Sen. Edgardo Angara and Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara, it is expected be a major transshipment hub going to the pacific region. It aims to boost social, economic and industrial developments in Aurora and nearby provinces by generating jobs for the people, improving the quality of their living conditions, advocating an eco-friendly approach to industrialization and enhancing the potential of the community in productivity.
- "List of Provinces". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
- "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- National Historical Commission of the Philippines. "History of Baler". National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Retrieved 2012-03-09. "When military district of El Príncipe was created in 1856, Baler became its capital...On June 12, 1902 a civil government was established, moving the district of El Príncipe away from the administrative jurisdiction of Nueva Ecija...and placing it under the jurisdiction of Tayabas Province."
- Batas Pambansa Blg. 7
- "AURORA: HOUSING UNIT OCCUPANCY RATE ALMOST 100 PERCENT". Census.gov.ph. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
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||Nueva Vizcaya||Quirino, Isabela|
|Nueva Ecija||Philippine Sea|