Barangay Bayong

There were several stories about Bayong. But one story which was told by an old man is very interesting to one’s ear. This is the story:

Long ago, the place had no name yet. One day, a Spaniard was walking through the hinterlands of Guindulman. On this place, he saw men and women resting under the shade of a very big bayong tree. The Spaniard wanted to know the name of the place so he asked the men and women about it. Thinking that the man was asking about the name of the tree, they readily answered “Bayong”. The Spaniard said “Ah, Bayong”. From that time one, the place was called Bayong.

Bayong in the early years was sparsely populated and was part of barrio Biabas. Biabas then was divided into sitios and Bayong was one of them.

Jose Hinampas and Antonio Bernal initiated a petition so as to make the sitio Bayong a barrio. But a respected man of Biabas named Mariano Datahan sabotaged the petition causing its disapproval. But then the Bayong people still worked for its approval. Mr. Paulino Masipiquina asked help from the councilors namely; Mr. Juan Beronilla and Mateo Olaso. Luckily, the petition was approved in 1922. So sitio Bayong then became a barrio.

The barrio was divided into 6 sitios namely; Central, La Union, Labo, Canluy-a, Esperanza East and Ezperanza West.

The first known inhabitants of Bayong were Jorge Amolo, Macario Berindes, Faustino Gule, Urbano Hinampas, and Leoncio Carnites.

Bayong is located in the northwestern section of Guindulman. It is twelve and a half (12.5) kilometers from the town proper. It has an area of 550 hectares.

The barrio is hilly in some portions and it I also full of valleys in other portions. It is surrounded by the bordering hills of Mayuga, BIabas, Tambongan, and Catungawan Norte. The geographical location of this place is suitable to all kinds of crops.


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