April 19, 2012 at 3:00 AM #161991
Interisado ako ka sa history ng Mt. Sumagang or Mt. Iriga. Sabi ng mga ninuno namin maraming agtas at simaron na nakatira dito pero walang nabanggit ang mga historian tungkol sa simarons ( tall people, light colored skin with thick wooly brown hair) According to them they were cannibals kaya wala masyadong pumupunta sa Mt Iriga. But the Spanish town mayor made an all out war against them kaya naubos sila at pati mga Agtas nadamay sa masaker at naging rebelde rin.
April 5, 2009 at 10:50 PM #112711
haha ako nag basa man pero diri nag minsahi/ post Salamat! fwendship
April 5, 2009 at 12:24 AM #112647
uda basang nagbasa kading posted msg ko ? hahhaha basaha man ninyo.. iton na history kiton na lugar ta.
April 7, 2006 at 5:02 AM #30609
History of Iriga City
Barely half a century after Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines in March 16, 1521, Iriga now a city, was only a visita of Nabua, Provincia de Ambos Camarines. Because of the disastrous floods that occur during rainy seasons in suburban Poblacion of Nabua, Father Felix de Huertas, the then parish priest advised the farmers to move to I-raga (donde hay tierra or where there is land) where they can plant their crops without fear of being flooded. The flood victims of Nabua who moved earlier and followed the suggestions of their parish priest were the fortunate beneficiaries of the harvest of their agricultural plantation coming from the rich and fertile soils of I-raga., more so, those who planted at the foot of Sumagang mountain (mountain of the Rising Sun, now Mt. Iriga), said to be nature’s given symbol of the Irigueños lofty ideals and noble visions.
As population spread out and evangelization progressed, the settlement at the foot of Sumagang Mountain developed in size and wealth, slowly pushing the aborigines (Agta) up to the thickness of the forests. And in 1578 the I-raga settlement was established as “visita” of Nabua under Fray Pablo de Jesus and Fray Bartolome Ruiz, both Franciscans. Three decades later or on January 4, 1641, Mount Asog (named after a negrito chieftain who ruled the aborigines) or Mt. Iriga, erupted. That eruption brought much fear to the settlers but with their strong faith and belief, a miracle happened and as witnessed by local folks, the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mother and her son Lord Jesus or ” Nuestra Señora de Angustia” at Sitio Inorogan, barangay Sto. Domingo, saved the people from terrible earthquake and flood. The eruption formed the cavernous gully of Mt. Iriga on the side of Buhi leading to the steep gorge, which was the crater of the “volcano”.
In 1683, this progressive visita of I-raga was converted into “Pueblo de la Provincia de Ambos Camarines” with a population of 8,908 which several decades later the name I-raga was changed to Iriga by the diphthongal Spanish authorities with San Antonio de Padua as its Patron Saint and June 13 as the annual fiesta.
During the incumbency of Don Martin Mendoza as Capitan Municipal, history of Ambos Camarines shows that the “Pueblo de Iriga” was composed of “barrios y visitas distinguida la poblacion centro del casco en 5 barrios que son San Roque, San Francisco de Asis, San Juan Bautista, Sto. Domingo de Guzman y San Miguel Arcangel con 6 visitas fuera del casco denominados San Nicolas de Tolentino, San Agustin, San Antonio Abad, Sto. Niño, Santiago de Galicia y la visita de los monteses” with a population of 13,813. There were only four roads mentioned, they were coming from Nabua going to Baao, to Buhi and to Polangui, Albay, now the diversion road passing Salvacion, Masoli, Bato, then to the south road going to Polangui, Albay and there was only one way going to Nueva Caceres (Naga) via Bicol River by boat.
In 1913, the Manila Railroad (MRR) Company Station and the public market were established in their respective present site which readily contributed to the rapid growth of Iriga making it the center of trade and commerce in Rinconada area. It was also at this time that Mondays and Thursdays were declared as market days in Iriga.
The Municipality of Iriga continued to prosper through the years. The original “barrios y visitas” have developed sitios which later on, these sitios have metamorphosed into distinct and separate barrios.
After the Second World War, San Ramon, San Rafael, Cristo Ray, Sta. Isabel, San Vicente Norte, San Andres, Sta. Teresita, Perpetual Help, Sagrada, Niño Jesus, San Pedro and Antipolo, former sitios of barrio San Agustin, San Isidro and San Nicolas were created as barrios. And, the barrios of La Anunciacion and Sta. Elena were sitios of Sto. Domingo and Santiago, Del Rosario (Banao) of Santiago and Sto. Niño and, La Purisima of San Francisco part of Sto. Domingo, Sta. Cruz Sur of San Francisco. Francia and San Jose from San Miguel and San Vicente Sur, Salvacion, La Trinidad and La Medalla from the large barrio of San Antonio.
Some of these barrios were already created during the incumbency of Mayor Jose C. Villanueva in 1960. And the latest and the 36th barrio ever created was Sta. Maria which comprises the sitios of Tubigan, Katungdulan, Bagacay, Sampaga, Rao and Cawayan of barrio Sta. Teresita by virtue of Republic Act 6228.
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