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BARLIG MUNICIPAL TOURISM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

(2018 – 2023)

BRIEF HISTORY OF BARLIG

A. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Many years ago during the Spanish period, Barlig is divided into three (3) ethno-linguistic group; i-
Kachakran, i-Changyasan and i-Fiallig in adjacent areas with their different historical backgrounds of
origin.

There are written history of Barlig in different descriptive manners, however they have the same
essence that Barlig is inhabited before the great flood during the deluge itself and it was confirmed by the
old folks that their parents orally told them. It was told that the place is rich in wild life such as deer (ugsa),
wild pigs (laman), squirrel (amunin), cloud rat (motet), fishes and frogs.

A man and his sister who lived at Arong during the flood were able to climbed the top of Mount
Amuyao which was not reached by the flood because of its altitude and being the highest mountain in the
place. Mang-et, the man, and his sister Mafiangay were very grateful to the “Omay-ayong” (the Deliverer)
for their deliverance and prayed for a fire to warm their bodies and to cook their food. When night fell,
they saw a flickering light on the western hemisphere (Mount Karawetan). Mang-et sent his dog to get
some fire but did not return. Next, he sent a squirrel. After some hours, they saw a light coming towards
them. The squirrel landed a wood with a live ember which he carried on its mouth. The two were able to
build a fire and noticed that the squirrel disappeared. It must be an angel sent by the “Omay-ayong.”

The two lived at the peak of the mountain they called “Finmaruyan” (a place where one lived). Later
on, the mountain was called “Finaruy” and presently known as Mount Amuyao