Barangay Talaga

Barangay Talaga is  a peaceful barrio of Rizal, Laguna.  It got its name from a well was the main source of barrio’s water supply.  With the installation of faucets in almost every barrio in the community the well fell into disuse.  A man who happened to buy the lot near the well not knowing the significance of it to the barrio folks covered it up.  It is now hardly traceable with all leaves and debris piled upon it.

The barrio was established and boundaries laid simultaneous to the establishment of the town of Rizal, in 1919 as all of the barrio’s which now constitute it was a barrio called Pauli.  The boundaries of Talaga in the South is the sitio Basilin of Barrio Entablado, on the north is the sitio of Ibayiw of Barrio Tala, the Barrio of Antipolo on the West and Poblacion on East.

Some of the original families of Talaga were the Verador, Subijano, Ponciana Concavellas and Narciso Muñoz.  It had a population of a little more than hundred.

From as early as Taft’s incumbency assisting of barrio leadership was formed in Talaga.  The first to the looked up to as head was Mr. Pedro Verador, who held the position for quite a long time.  He was succeeded by  Manuel Villanueva.  It was during his time that the cholera epidemic took place, when the dead where merely wrapped in mats and wailing could be  heard from house to house.  Both are now dead.  Soon the time grew better and better and Mr. Alejandro Isleta was chosen by the barrio folks as their head.  He held that position for three terms after him the following  persons became Teniente del barrio: Messrs. Crispino Verador (dead), Narciso Muñoz, Miguel Calabia, Margarito Sumague, Napoleon Isleta, Gaudencio Magtibay and for the present is Mr. Jaime Urriza.

The sitios included within the territorial jurisdiction of Talaga are Duhat, which got its name from an old duhat tree of that place, Ulong, which was named

as such because of the deep hallow part of the sitio filled with water, and Kalansayan which was soon named because of skeletons (kalansay) found in sitio.

The people of Talaga during the Spanish occupation was never disturbed by any force neither by the civil guards nor by the outside force, the so called insurgents (insurrectos).  But the only sad events that had happened almost at the last part of the Spanish occupation was when one trusted civilian was mistaken for an insurgent and was shot to dead by civil guards.

In 1901 the American began to rule the Philippines.  But at this early part of the American occupation cholera epidemic broke out in almost every place in the island.  Talaga then was a victim of the epidemic.

After this epidemic the peacefulness of barrio continued until before the outbreak of the World War II.

On December 8, 1941, the World War II broke out.  Everbody was in turmoil.  The civic spirited people of the island tried to enlist in any guerilla unit in order to get the chance to defend the country against the enemy.  Among these were those who had shown the undoubted bravery, like Mr. Vicente Vista, who had fought so bravely with the Japanese and barrio Talahib a barrio of Nagcarlan,  but  was  unfortunately killed by the Japanese and the other  was Mr.

Cayo Verador, who fought fiercely and killed a number of  Japanese.  At present Mr. Verador is a member of the civil guards of Rizal, serving his people with undying spirit of service in his heart.

During  the World War I and II least destruction was made in Talaga.  In 1901 that was in the early part of the American occupation houses were burned but no resistance was made.  During the World War II the people evacuated to the distant interior barrios.  The Japanese had the chance to burn several houses immediately before the American liberated the place.

However, the government took steps in rehabilitating those who had damages caused by the war.  War damaged aids were given to these people whose houses were burned.  Back-pays were given to recognized guerillas.


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