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    MORO RAIDERS
    from Mindanao used this large outrigger warships, called “karakoa” in attacking coastal settlements in Visayas and Luzon. The boats were inaccurately referred to by the Spaniards as “joangas.”
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    RESTORATION WORK
    has unearthed exquisite details of Bato church’s design (bottom photo) that could not be well appreciated in the old church (top photo).
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    NO LONGER THE MOSS-COVERED STRUCTURE IT ONCE WAS
    the church of St. John the Baptist in Bato has been restored, at least in its exterior, to its former glory by a project being financed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) through an agreement with the Diocese of Virac. The first phase of the project is almost…
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    BATO CHURCH AS IT LOOKED 48 YEARS AGO
    This photo taken in June 1970, four months before typhoon Sening would come to ravage the island, shows townspeople settling in for a funeral mass. Notice the faint lines on the flooring, indicating the handpainted Machuca tiles laid sometime in the early 1900s.
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    A POTENTIAL TOURIST DRAWER FOR BATO
    the Japanese garrison and lookout up in the mountains of the town remains relatively inaccessible for less physically able visitors. The administration of Mayor Leo Rodrigues has started building a trail to the area.
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    BATO MAYOR
    Eulogio Rodriguez stresses a point during his report to the people of his administration’s accomplishments in the past year as chief executive.
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    A GREEN SEA TURTLE CRAWLS BACK TO SEA
    in Pananaogan, Bato, last Aug. 12 with Mayor Leo Rpdriguez and policemen led by Sr. Insp. Emsol Icawat, MAO personnel and PENRO specialists who placed a tag on the marine mammal.
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    TREK BACK TO HISTORY
    Trekkers during the pre-Liberation Day activity pose atop one of the bomb shelters or quarters at the Japanese garrison in Bote, Bato.
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    BOULDERS AND SOIL
    loosened by continuous rains block this road at barangay Oguis in Bato. The landslide was among the six reported last week in four towns., temporarily blocking vehicular traffic to far-flung barangays before the obstructions were removed by government heavy equipment.
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    FRESHLEY MONTILLA
    
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