In the olden times there were fishermen and farmers who looked for a nice place that is rich in fish and a good location.

In their search, they found a bay (recudo) near the town proper (cabisera) but not frequented by people. They saw this place to be nice and clean and good for fish pens (binu-an gamitan mga banata).

Brgy. Anas (Socio Economic Profile)

Since time immemorial various stories have been told to tell the tale of Barangay Asid’s origin. According to legend, Barangay Asid was formerly called “Asin” – a mineral used for cooking in order to enhance the salty taste, preserved food and other various purposes. Time passed that Asin was later changed to Asid, which through time the locals use to name their barangay. Its name was also derived from an adjacent body of water called Asid gulf, which is a rich fishing ground in the vicinity of Milagros Town.

Brgy. Asid (Socio Economic Profile)

Before the Magdalenas called this place Bugsayon. Travelers from Magdalena, sailed by rowing. Normally, as they reach Bugsayon, the rowers are already tired and gets tempted to stop here to rest. The very white beach sand attracts them, varied edible plants feed their hunger and it’s crystal clear spring water quench their thirst not to mention the caressing wind from the sea, make this place an irresistible stopover to refresh. Thus, they refer to this place as “bugsayon” which means, within rowing distance.

Brgy. B. Titong (Socio Economic Profile)

Even during Spanish regime Masbate Province was known as the “cattle country” of the Philippines. Numerous ranches abound the province, it pioneered the proliferation of farm animals specifically cow and carabao.

Located in the city of hearts (Masbate City) is a place called, Cattle Terminal. It is a place where cattle’s are gathered before its shipment. It is a conducive place to hoard animals because of its abundance of grass and it is close to the sea port.

Brgy. Bagumbayan (Socio Economic Profile)

Barangay Bantigue is one of the historical places in the province. Devotees from the Province and from different parts of the Philippines come to the miraculous Sta. Felomina as their promise (panata) to the saint not only during her feast days but anytime they need her intercession for supplications./

Before World War II, Masbate seas were already known all over the Philippines for the abundance of its big and varied kinds of fish. This news has attracted residents of Panggangan Calape, Bohol. So they ventured fishing in Masbate hoping that its fish will give them abundance for a comfortable and luxurious life.

Brgy. Bantigue (Socio Economic Profile)

The whole area of Barangay Bapor has a rich culture and history to offer. The historical account is of tremendous interest because it presents a clear and readable form of introduction to a place and its people. A walk through the barangay with its old town atmosphere from the 19th century will verify this.

Barangay Bapor with an estimated area of 840,000 square meter is located along the seashore, northern port within Masbate town, now Masbate City, with an estimated population of 1,750 based from the year 2000 Barangay Census. The land area is a plateau, its lower portion along Masbate Bay has been a seat of commerce and industry.

Brgy. Bapor (Socio Economic Profile)

The barangay was established in 1882 with Lucas Zurbito as the first Cabesa de Barangay. The teniente del Barrio who was selected by the people through the years were MARIANO CERVANTES, TORIBIO BRIOSO, ONOFRE DANAO, EPIFANIO TORRES, RUFINO CEBU, JOSE ESPINOSA and AGATON ESPINOSA.

During the Second World War VICENTE DANAO was the Teniente del Barrio. After the liberation CICERON ESPINOSA became the teniente del Barrio. He has been credited with various infrastructure improvements including the establishment of the school site and opening of the Batuhan East Elementary School in year 1962.

Brgy. Batuhan (Socio Economic Profile)

Bayombon originated from the term Bayong and Bong. Bayong is a large buri bag, where farmers place the things they bought from Malinta during the market days. Bong is nickname of endearment for a boy. “Daraha tabi an bayong, Bong”, or please bring the bag, Bong. Later it evolved into “Bayonbong” and then “Bayombon”

Another legend about the name Bayombon has it that it was after the name “baybay sa bobon” which refers to the sand in the well.

Brgy. Bayombon (Socio Economic Profile)

Even before the Spaniards came, the barangay have their own traditions, customs and culture. The residents depend on the bountiful resources of their place as their main source of livelihood. Hunting of wild animals and farming are the main source of their livelihood. The place is often visited by strong winds which is called lambiyong in the local term.

Brgy. Biyong (Socio Economic Profile)

In the early times, Moros sailing their “Pangco” were rampant in the Philippine seas. They captured natives and brought them to Mindanao. This is the reason why the natives avoided residing near the sea and lived inland or the mountains.

Brgy. Bolo (Socio Economic Profile)

Most Masbateños do not have knowledge or idea about the name Cagay. For Cagaynos, this is somewhat precious to them especially for those people who belong to poverty level.

The name Cagay is a vine plant used by people of this barangay before as tying materials in constructing a makeshift shack and also used as cord in howling purposes while it is not yet dried. Anent of its usefulness, this was sometimes sold by the inhabitants in order to earn a living. This place Cagay was noted for being abundant of this vine Cagay, so it was named after so.

Brgy. Cagay (Socio Economic Profile)

Do you know that the barangay we know now as Cawayan Exterior was not originally called “Cawayan” but “Pukdol” (swampy). Why?

In the olden times, Barangay Cawayan Exterior was known to the early settlers specially those of its neighboring barrios like Bantigue (like it’s sitios Tinago and Sabang), Batuhan, Bolo, towards Magdalena, as Pukdol. A small swamp which served as docking place for residents and people from nearby sitio/barangays/town, sailing out and in from the above mentioned places reachable by “baroto” (sailboat), “casko”, “sibidan” or “paraw”. People ply this pukdol (swap) to sell their goods to nearby towns. Though this small swamp is not even a kilometer long, it was then abundant in food like shrimps, crabs and prawns. Fish like “casile”, “palo”, “haru-an” and “kikiro” were plentiful.

Brgy. Cawayan Exterior (Socio Economic Profile)

The barangay is called Cawayan Interior because the place were bounded from coastal to upland west was situated in between Bolo, Batuhan, and Cawayan exterior. Since Cawayan upland is a sitio of Cawayan coastal (Cawayan Exterior), there happened to be an agreement of splitting into two Cawayans. This was them the idea of a certain leader Mr. Florencio Fernandez Sr. soon the official separation was made on October 1966 initiative of them Mayor Juan P. Sanchez Sr. according to sources the barangay was organized sometimes in 1971:kind hearted individuals donated the lot to be the barangay site it was Mr. Leopoldo Brioso who solicited from the late Lope Buncaras Sr. and Antonio Luzanta Sr. to donate.

Brgy. Cawayan Interior (Socio Economic Profile)

Sometime in the year 1973 during the incumbency of the late Mayor Tito R. Espinosa, Municipal Mayor of the capital town of Masbate thru his members of the Municipal council sponsored a Municipal resolution duly approved by the members of the Provincial Board headed by the late Governor Moises R. Espinosa erouting the four Barangays in the poblacion simultaneously namely Barangay Centro, Barangay Kalipay, Barangay Pating, and Barangay Talahib. The main purpose of its creation is to accelerate the progress and development of the barangay and a closer supervision and teamwork among its leaders and in the people in general.

Brgy. Centro (Socio Economic Profile)

Barangay Talahib, formerly known as Lomboy got it’s name sometime when the late Tito R. Espinosa became the Municipal Mayor Talahib was the former Mayor’s moniker when addressed by his closed associates. Later Talahib became Barangay Espinosa, when an assassin gunned down Tito Espinosa who died in Quezon City in 1995.

Brgy. Espinosa (Socio Economic Profile)

Barangay F Magallanes is bounded by Barangay Centro in the Northeast, Barangay Pating in Northwest, Masbate Bay in West, Barangay Nursery in the East and Barangay Tugbo in South.

Brgy. F. Magallanes (Socio Economic Profile)

Long ago, Barangay Ibingay is a place surrounded by huge trees and tall grasses. It is however a coastal area wherein the inhabitants lived on the coastline. The primary source of livelihood then, was fishing. The rich folklore of the place told that Ibingay was originally called Punta Ibingay, coined from the word “Bingcay” or assorted seashell that is abundant in the area, which children played with.

Brgy. Ibingay (Socio Economic Profile)

The barangay is called Igang because of its rocky and mountainous appearance. Bato or kagangan is a local term for a rock which is scattered in the area. Before, the site of the barangay is located at the upper part of the mountain. However, because of inevitable circumstances in the year 1996, the residents transferred to the lower area and they are now settled in the new barangay site.

Igang was established during 1890s. This barangay is politically subdivided into sitios which are: Cacia, Cabulu-an, Manticaun, Casili, Tuminobo and Buyog.

The original families of Igang were: Marcos, Pusing, Amaro, Andaya, Dela Peña, Gamgam, Esquillo and Arceite.

Brgy. Igang (Socio Economic Profile)

JT Fernandez is a poblacion barangay. This barangay was known as barangay Kalipay since the 1973 when the City poblacion was divided into barangays.

Kalipay was renamed into JT Fernandez to honor the former OIC Governor and former Assemblyman Jolly T. Fernandez through Resolution No.113-94 by motion of Hon. Esteban G. Almero on December 20, 1994.

Brgy. Kalipay (Socio Economic Profile)

Centuries ago, brgy. Kinamaligan is a forested area with big trees and different animals inhabiting the area. There are four families from Mainland Bicol who migrated to this barangay. They live through fishing on its abundant coastal resources and catching animals in its forests.

Brgy. Kinamaligan (Socio Economic Profile)

The barangay’s well known history as the place of Don Pio V. Corpuz is famous among Masbatenos. The barangay is said to be a rich and affluent place during the time of Don Pio and it is considered to be the kabisera of the town.

The barangay is considered to be a place of tranquility and quietness, where people lived a very simple yet abundant life because of many different sources of livelihood. The head of the family are usually fishermen and farmers while their wives are engaged in cooking native delicacies, making native mats and many other things that can be a source of income for the family. The barangay got its name as Barangay Maingaran when a group of Spaniards arrived at the place. They were asked by the residents where they will go and they say that they would want to got the big house with a huge name of the owner hanging in its corridor. The visitors usually ask for its direction and the residents would just simply say, “kitaa nyo lang an balay na may ngaran”. So, as the years passed, the place was called Mayngaran.

Brgy. Maingaran (Socio Economic Profile)

The name “Malinta” originated from the root word “linta” which means leech- a small (about one inch in length and ¼ inch in width) blood sucking worm that inhabit the dark but warm forest corridor of the area. “Malinta’ literally means the place where linta or leech is plentiful. This must have started in the later part of the 1800’s when Malinta was still forested. An upland barangay, Malinta is a center of trade for various goods such as farm products, livestock, fish and assorted commercial commodities among upland areas.. It is a meeting place for minor entrepreneurs and farmers from nearby barangays. Juan Villamor was the first Teniente del Barrio of Malinta.

Brgy. Malinta (Socio Economic Profile)

In 1962, Mapiña was still a sitio. There was no leader who could guide them during their community activities. The head of the school and the teachers have difficulties gathering people for a meeting.

Brgy. Mapiña (Socio Economic Profile)

The barangay was named as Nursery because of the project that was established by the Bureau of Agricultural Extension (BAEX) under Republic 680 in 1950. This is a law that obliged the Provincial Government to provide a land as a demo farm for growing fruits, rootcrops, and trees.

Brgy. Nursery (Socio Economic Profile)

This barangay was formed in 1973 and its name came from the alias of Captain Teniente de Barrio Natividad Cervantes known as “Pating”.

To boost its culture, barangay Pating residents hold their Ati-Atihan Festival annually.

This barangay is composed of seven puroks, Bangkulis, Bangus, Malasuge, Barracuda, Lapu-lapu, Rubarob and Tanguige.

Brgy. Pating (Socio Economic Profile)

Sometime in the 18th century, while the Spaniards have established their seat of government in the cabisera of Masbate, an unregistered community existed in a place now known as Barangay Pawa. Its land is majority owned by Secundo Balintong. It is located along the coastal area in the interior part of Masbate Bay some ten kilometers from the town proper (cabisera). Natural plantation of big and tall miape and bakhaw trees abound in its coastal area hence, the place became a breeding ground for different kinds of marine resources such as shrimps, fish, crabs, barnacles etc. A big river drains into the estuarine area (mangrove) which contributes to the diversity of the area. The inland part of the barangay is mountainous with forest trees (kumadlaganon na kahoy).

Brgy. Pawa (Socio Economic Profile)

The name of Barangay Sinalongan came from the term “Salon” or sap of pili tree which is flammable. The residents of the used salong to make a lighting device called ”kurukod”. Salong is wrapped in anahaw leaf, lighted and brought along to light the way when one travels at night. In addition, it is also used to provide light for fishing at the river of Asid, which is nearby. “Sinalongan” literally means the Pili tree where “Salong” came from.

Brgy. Sinalongan (Socio Economic Profile)

Barangay history is replete with tales as to how it got its name. One tale had it, that trees called by the natives as Tuybo once grow abundantly along the river bank of Iraya where people from Masbate specially women do their activities. These were famous for its fruits which look like popsicle and leaves similar to that of the “tigbaw” (cogon). During harvest season, the native engrossed themselves with picking up the fruits and shredding them off to get the cotton (“gapas”), which eventually used in making pillows. One day, a group of Spanish conquistadores came to the place along the river where the natives were busy doing their harvest. The leader of the group asked the natives “como sellana esta luga?” (What’s the name of this place?), to which they replied in chorus “Tuybo, Señor! Referring to the tree where they gathered cotton, thinking that the stranger was asking for the name of the tree. Tugbo esta bien gracias! Vamos Soldados, abante, was the rejoinder from the Spanish leader. From then on the place was called “Tugbo” a misnomer from the word “Tuybo” which is actually a tree whose fruits bear cotton for pillow case.

Brgy. Tugbo (Socio Economic Profile)

Long before the coming of the Spaniards, there already existed a place in the northernmost part of Masbate having a vast area of 401.9892 sq. km., with wild plants, lush grasses and trees with a deep river and with a very few shelters and inhabitants living in harmony.

Brgy. Ubungan Dacu (Socio Economic Profile)

Usab evolved from the Cebuano word “Usab” which literally means repeat. When the American Liberation Army came in 1945, it was said that a Cebuano farmer has crossed the street and was almost ran over by a large army truck. Later, he told the people that he will not cross the street again if there was a vehicle around by saying “Dili na ako mo usab paglakaw sa kalsada ug na-ay sakyahan nga mo-agi.”

Brgy. Usab (Socio Economic Profile)

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