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January 1, 2018

Pinamuk-an, Batangas (Town), Batangas: Historical Data

Full transcription of the so-called “Historical Data” for the barrio of Pinamuk-an (Pinamucan), 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 FACTS AND DATES ABOUT THE BARRIO OF PINAMUK-AN

I. History and cultural life of the barrio

1. Present name of the barrio – Pinamukan
2. The present name which is now Pinamukan was once called “Pipisikan.” The earliest inhabitants were said to have settled on the eastern part of the barrio, for the western part in which most of the present inhabitants live was [a] swampy place, dense with mangroves.

There were three families, namely the Villenas, Hernandezes, and the Alcantaras. These three progressive families enlarged as time went on and more and more of the swampy region in the western part was settled every year.

Today, few homes can be found in the neighborhood where the first inhabitants lived. The once dense mangrove forest is cleared, the swampy land dried up for the people to build their homes on it.

The barrio includes two sitios: Piit in the eastern part and Bayanan in the middle part. A large tract of rolling planes is still uninhabited in the northern part, while a good number of homes can be found in the southern part.
3. Date of establishment: cannot be ascertained.
4. Original families: Villenas, Hernandezes and Alcantaras.
5. List of tenientes from the earliest time to date in their chronological order:
Pedro de Castro Ramon Hernandez
Gregorio Anog Ignacio Villena
Pedro Belen Zacarias Mendoza
6. Stories of barrio or sitio – None
7. Data of historical sites – None
8. Important facts, incidents or events that



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took place – None
9. (a) Destruction of lives, properties and institutions during wars, especially in 1896-1900 and 1941-1945 – None
(b) None

II. Folkways

Traditions:

By tradition, the people of this barrio are religious. The very first families were devoted Catholics. This accounts for the construction of a barrio chapel in which Sunday prayers have never been neglected. Special religious prayers during fiestas, baptisms and novenas are held by the whole barrio population. During fiestas, priests from the town are requested to hold mass here. Fiestas are elaborate and held every year. The chapel becomes the symbol of the people’s faith in God.

One of the outstanding traits of the people is hospitality and manners; the people help one another especially when affairs are held. The “help everyone” system is always alive among the people. Any family begotten by death or any unlucky happening is always aided. In deaths, for example, the bereaved family receives “abuloy” or donations for the burial of the deceased. There is a fine trait like helping the helpless and the people in this barrio have it.

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Notes and references:
Transcribed from “Historical Facts and Dates About the Barrio of Pinamuk-an,” 1953, online at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.

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