Aurora (province)

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Aurora is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Baler and borders, clockwise from the south, the provinces of Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Isabela. To the east of Aurora is the Philippine Sea.

Province of Aurora
Landmarks
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Seal
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Location
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Government
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Governor Bellaflor Angara-Castillo (LDP)
Barangays 151
Physical characteristics
Area 3,239.5 km²
(40th largest)
Population
Total (2000) 173,797
(10th smallest)
Density 54/km²
(5th lowest)


Before 1979, Aurora was part of the province of Quezon. Aurora was, in fact, named after Aurora A. Quezon, the wife of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon, the president of the Philippine Commonwealth, after whom the mother province was named.

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People & Culture

The majority of the people of Aurora province are lowland Christians, particularly Tagalog in municipalities south of Baler, the capital, and Ilocano in municipalities north of Baler.

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 Melaneisan 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.

Economy

Geography

Political

Aurora is subdivided into 8 municipalities.

Municipalities

Physical

History

Aurora was formerly a sub-province of Quezon, which in turn was formerly named Tayabas.

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Coordinates: 15°53′15″N, 121°32′50″E

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