Maria Aurora, Aurora
|Motto: Lusung kasama si bitong|
Map of Aurora showing the location of Maria Aurora
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Founded||July 21, 1949|
|• Mayor||Amado M. Geneta|
|• Total||426.19 km2 (164.55 sq mi)|
|• Density||89/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||2nd class, Rural|
Maria Aurora is one of the eight municipalities comprising the province of Aurora in Central Luzon, Philippines. It is the only non-coastal municipality of the province. It is bounded by Baler and Dipaculao on the east, San Luis on the south, the Province of Nueva Ecija on the west and the Province of Nueva Vizcaya on the north west. With 38,128 people, Maria Aurora is the most populous municipality in the province. The Millennium Tree in Balete Park and the lush green landscape is Maria Aurora's main tourist asset.
Maria Aurora is subdivided into 40 barangays.
- Barangay I (Pob.)
- Barangay II (Pob.)
- Barangay III (Pob.)
- Barangay IV (Pob.)
- Cabituculan East
- Cabituculan West
- San Joaquin
- San Jose
- San Leonardo
- Santa Lucia
- Santo Tomas
- Villa Aurora
- San Juan
The town was named after Maria Aurora Aragon Quezon, the first daughter of Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon and First Lady Aurora Aragon Quezon. Maria Aurora along with her mother Aurora was ambushed by elements of the Hukbalahap movement in Nueva Ecija. The municipality of Maria Aurora was formed on July 21, 1949, through the Presidential Decree No. 249 out of various portions of the municipalities of Baler and Infanta, both of which were part of Quezon Province.
Proposal for Dr. Juan C. Angara municipality
A separate municipality called Dr. Juan C. Angara is being proposed under Senate Bill No. 3132 and House Bill No. 6518. The proposed municipality shall have a land area of 201.2 square kilometers and is composed of western barangays of Dianawan, Decoliat, Galintuja, San Juan, Suguit, Bazal, Pungio, Villa Aurora and Dialatnan. San Juan will serve as poblacion or the seat of government.
|Population census of Maria Aurora|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
List of Mayors
Maria Aurora was administered by 12 mayors since its establishment in 1949.
- Mayor Pedro C. Montero - Jul 21, 1949 – Dec 31, 1951
- Mayor Pedro S. Wenceslao - Jan 1, 1952 – Jun 21, 1958
- Mayor Brigido E. Collado - Jun 22, 1958 – Dec 31, 1959
- Mayor Leon B. Hulipas - Jan 1, 1960 – Dec 31, 1963
- Mayor Leonardo T. Ong - Jan 1, 1964 – Aug 15, 1977
- Mayor Juan R. Ortiz - Aug 16, 1977 – May 8, 1986
- OJC Adriano C. Bitong - May 9, 1986 – Dec 1, 1987
- OJC (LGO) Nepumuceno W. Gonzales - Dec 1, 1987 – Dec 15, 1987
- Sec. Lorenzo O. Mangaoang - Dec. 16, 1987 - Peb 2, 1988
- Mayor Adriano C. Bitong - Peb 3, 1988 – Jun 30, 1998
- Mayor Brigido M. Noval - Jul 1, 1998 – Jun 30, 2004
- Mayor Ariel S. Bitong - Jul 1, 2004 – Jun 30, 2013
- Mayor Amado M. Geneta - Jul 1, 2013 – Present
Maria Aurora has its education sustained by the Department of Education - Division of Aurora, presently the municipality has 38 public elementary and high schools with 1 central school (Maria Aurora Central School). Private institutions are also present in the municipality some of them are the Wesleyan University- Philippines and Mount Carmel School of Maria Aurora.
The Department of Health sustains health in all over the municipality, the municipality has 21 health centers and one hospital that will sustain the medical needs of the whole town population. One provincial hospital serves also the municipality it is the Aurora Provincial Hospital located in Brgy. Buhangin, Baler, 30 kilometers south of the town.
Maria Aurora can be accessed by road through two routes - the Canili-Pantabangan Road, which passes Nueva Ecija's northern towns and through Alfonso Castañeda in Nueva Vizcaya. And the Nueva Ecija - Aurora Road, built on the 1940s that traverses the Sierra Madre Mountains and passes through the towns of Baler and San Luis. Today, the Canili - Pantabangan Road is much more commonly used, though it extends travel time for 1 hour it is the safest route for vehicles. Originally, the Nueva Ecija- Aurora Road is the standard road for bus commuters, the shortest but the steep turns and uncemented roads makes it the most dangerous for heavy vehicles.
There are five bus lines that serve Maria Aurora's vicinity - Maria Aurora Express (PAPIN) (Cabanatuan - Dipaculao); D' Liner (Cabanatuan\Baguio - Maria Aurora, Casiguran; Genesis Bus Transport (Manila\Cabanatuan - Baler); - Aurora Bus Line ( Cabanatuan - Baler) and Lizardo Transit (Baguio - Baler)
1970's Canili and Diayo Dams and Reservoirs (tributaries of Pantabangan Dam)
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Province: AURORA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
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||Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya||Dipaculao|
|Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija||Baler|
|Bongabon, Nueva Ecija||San Luis|