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January 5, 2018

Acle, Tuy, Batangas: Historical Data

Full transcription of the so-called “Historical Data” for the barrio of Acle in the Municipality of Tuy, 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.

[Note to the reader.]

Batangas History wishes to advise the reader/researcher that may be inevitable errors in the transcription of the documents for the poblacion as well as barrios of the Municipality of Tuy because the original documents were either typed using poor typewriter ribbons or poorly scanned. Many of the pages, therefore, were very difficult to read.

[p. 1]


Acle is just a stone’s throw from the poblacion. The geographical boundaries are from the north, the Obispo River, which separates the barrio from the poblacion; south, the Atga Creek, which separates the barrio from Dao; east, Bolbok and west Tuyon-tuyon, which is separated by a railroad.

Its name signifies strength and durability, derived from the Philippine hardwood, “akle.” It symbolizes the abundance of the people in time of distress and calamities. It stands for the strength and unity of the people who are sometimes downed but unbowed.

[p. 2]

The barrio was established in the latter part of the 18th century. It is said that the Hernandez family was the original settlers of this place. At present, the family is still traceable in the locality. At the beginning of the American regime, Acle was made a barrio of Tuy. Its first barrio lieutenant was Lazaro Clavero, who immigrated to this barrio and was chosen its first barrio lieutenant. After serving for some years, and due to his old age, he was succeeded by Sergio Ilao, who was then a native of Dao. The surviving old man of the barrio who furnished this information could not tell how long he served as barrio lieutenant. He was succeeded by Arcadio Hernandez who served from 1928 to 1952. At present, Leodigario Panaligan is the barrio lieutenant.

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Notes and references:
Transcribed from “History of Acle,” 1953, online at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.

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