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January 2, 2018

Dominador, Alitagtag, Batangas: Historical Data

Full transcription of the so-called “Historical Data” for the barrio of Dominador, Alitagtag, 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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HISTORY AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE BARRIO

Part One – History

1. Present official name of the barrio -

DOMINADOR

2. Popular name of the barrio, present and past; derivation and meanings of these names. Names of sitios included within the territorial jurisdiction of the barrio.

a) Popular name of the barrio

BALINDIS

b) Derivation and meaning of these names.

DOMINADOR –

There are two stories which account for the origin of this name. Some people just say that this name was given to the place in honor of a great man by the name of Dominador Gomez. Others say that this name originated from the following incident:

There was a certain man who was riding on a cart. When he passed Pinagcrusan, the people there asked him where he was going. The man answered that he was looking for the house of a certain Spaniard by the name of Dominador. The people pointed him to this place which is called now Dominador. Every time that the man went to the house of the Spaniard, he was always asked.

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by the people where he was going. He always answered that he was going to Dominador. From that time on, this place became popularly known as Dominador.

BALINDIS

Balindis is a Tagalog word somewhat equivalent to diagonal. Balindis is the common name of the place because the street is running from northeast to southwest and the houses along it are not arranged parallel to the street. But instead, they are arranged directly from east to west.

(c) Names of sitios included within the territorial jurisdiction of the barrio.

(a) Pingas (b) Koral (c) Pansol

3. Date of establishment.

1910

4. Original families –
1.  Benito Manalo 6.  Severo Delgado
2.  Esteban Quitain 7.  Pedro Marquez
3.  Gavino Aninao 8.  Melencio Quitain
4.  Victoriano Basilan 9.  Alfonso Villanueva
5.  Juan Ocampo 10. Justo Catanyag
5. List of tenientes from the earliest time to date.



(Due to its large territory, it has always two tenientes.)

1.  Severo Delgado
      Blas Quitain

3.  Buenaventura Albay
      Froilan Marquez

2.  Adriano Jayin
      Rufino Aninao

4.  Narciso Catanyag
      Lorenzo Delgado

5.  Juan Marquez
                Emilio de los Reyes
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6. Story of old barrios or sitios within the jurisdiction that are now depopulated or extinct.

No story of old barrios or sitios could be given.

7. Data on historical sites, structures, buildings, old ruins, etc.

No data on historical sites, structures, buildings could be given.

8. Important facts, incidents or events that took place.

(a) During the Spanish occupation – None

(b) During the American occupation to World War II – None

(c) During and after World War II

After World War II, many houses in this barrio were destroyed.

9. (a) Destruction of lives, properties and institutions during wars, especially in 1896-1900 and 1941-1945.

During the Japanese occupation, the people in the barrio were forced to plant cotton in their farms.

(b) Measures and accomplishments toward rehabilitation and reconstruction following World War II.

Through the help of the United States Philippine War Damage Commission, established in 1950, rehabilitated the barrio.

Part Two – Folkways

Dominador is an outgrowth of the barrio of DALIPIT. For this reason, all the things pertaining to folkways are similar to the folkways of DALIPIT.

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

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