January 1, 2018

De la Paz Pulot, Batangas (Town), Batangas: Historical Data

Full transcription of the so-called “Historical Data” for the barrio of De la Paz Pulot, Batangas Town, Batangas, the original scanned documents at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections not having OCR or optical character recognition properties. This transcription has been edited for grammar, spelling and punctuation where possible. The original pagination is provided for citation purposes.

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HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE BARRIO OF DE LA PAZA PULOT

PART I – HISTORY

1. De la Paz Pulot is the present and official name of the barrio.

2. De la Paz Pulot is the popular name of the barrio. No sitios included within the territorial jurisdiction of the barrio.

3. This barrio was established since 1905.

4. Formerly, this was a sitio of the De la Paz which later on had its own barrio lieutenant.

5. It has five barrio lieutenants from the date of establishment to the present time, upon which their length and time of periods were as follows:
1. Pablo Perez 1905 - 1914 9 years
2. Nicomedes Lumanglas 1914 - 1926 12 years
3. Juan de Castro 1926 - 1936 10 years
4. Julian Villena 1936 - 1945 9 years
5. Apolonio Perez 1945 up to present
6. This new barrio originated from an incident which the people observed actually. A big tree bearing a honey bee comb (pukyutan) stood in the place. The natives tried to cut down the tree for double purposes; that of lumber and of honey. As it was cut down, the honeycomb broke and the flood of honey flowed to the village. Since then, it was called De la Paz Pulot.

7. No information as to historical sites, structures and old ruins.
8. a. The barrio was not yet inhabited during the Spanish regime.
b. During the American occupation, a two-room school building was built and which is used up to the present.
c.
During World War II (1941-1945), no important or commemorable events took place except when some men joined the guerrilla unit.  Some people evacuated to Mindoro and some to other places.  Politics, education and religion were of no importance to the people.  Economically, they just worked to live.
After the World War II, people continued their ordinary ways of life in politics and education.  Some improved their standards of living, raised and produced more crops.  They still remain Roman Catholics.

9. a. In 1941-1945, few people lost their lives for the place was not discovered by the Japanese.  No destruction of houses.
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b. Ordinary way of life remains the same.
10. Their customs and practices of kissing the hands of parents and elders are common. This is usually done after prayers in the evening.

After a child is born, a padrino or a madrina holds the child. An old person in the barrio administers the baptism, the purpose of which is to give a name to the child. Then comes the real baptism in the church with the priest administering. This [is] often celebrated with a feast by families concerned.

Courtship and marriages are performed by parents of both parties who meet in a conference. Then, the ceremony is performed. The elaborateness of the celebration depends upon the agreement of the parents concerned. Before the bride is taken to the house of the groom, the new couple sits at the table and parents, relatives, and friends of both parties are called and obliged to buy something in the sort of drinks or calamay or suman from the simple store of the newly married couple and the money from the said small store goes to the newlyweds.

[The] Dead are solemnized as how we do at present.

11. People still believe in malignos and tigbalangs as well as what they call aswangs.

12. Superstitions: Cutting bamboos not on January is not durable. Cooking malunggay before the fourth day of burial of a relative will mean another person will perish. No rivers and lakes could be seen; only mountains, hills, and caves could be seen even before the place was inhabited. Pneumonia was often the cause of loss of lives of people in the place, same with dysentery.
13. Songs from song hits are common.
Ball games are commonly played.
Ballroom dancing is often usual. 
14. Puzzles:
a.  Ano ang itinatawag mo sa ama ng asawa ng kapatid mo?
b.  Mag-inang baka, nag-anak ng tigisa, ilan?
15. Proverbs & Sayings:
a.  Kung hangin ang itinanim, bagyo ang aanihin.
b.  Ang hindi lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay di makararating sa parurunan.
c.  Ang maagap ay daig ang masipag.
d.  Kung sino ang utang ay siyang bayad.
16. Methods of measuring time is by the use of time pieces and wall clock. Without the presence of those things, nature of stars and moon are used.
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17. No books and documents, information relating to the Philippines can be sought.

18. No Philippine authors reside in the community.

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Notes and references:
Transcribed from “History and Cultural Life of the Barrio of De la Paz Pulot,” 1953, online at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.

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