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BARANGAY PROFILE

 

Population: 10,267 (Source: http://census.gov.ph/data/census2010/index.html)


Land Area (Ha.): 753.10

BARANGAY OFFICIALS

VISION 

NOEL D. BILIBLI

Punong Barangay

WE ENVISION BARANGAY VIRAC AS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY, PEACEFUL AND PROGRESSIVE COMMUNITY WITH GOD-FEARING, HEALTHY AND EDUCATED CITIZENRY.

DAVID T. EKWASEN SR.

Kagawad

NESTOR T. MARTILLANO Jr.

Kagawad

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

ROSELLE L. SABADO

Kagawad

Brief Origin of Barangay Name

PRE-SPANISH PERIOD:

Prior to the Spanish colonization during the first half of the sixteenth century, life in the area was simple and peaceful. The Ibalois, who were the first inhabitants of the area, had sufficient economy rooted on agriculture and small-scale mining characterized by gold panning. The people then relied on these for livelihood until mining became their most significant activity.

SPANISH PERIOD:

Six months after the bloody conquest of Manila in 1571, the first Spanish Governor of the Philippines, Miguel de Legazpi, sent his worthy grandson, Captain Juan de Salcedo for expedition to the West coast of Northern Luzon. Having learned about the tales of the bounties of gold, they invaded the place and seized the treasures of the area. However, the natives bravely resisted the Spanish colonization and subjugation but the superior and greedy Spaniards victoriously penetrated the region.

The Spanish colonization of the region was not after all a nightmare in its entirety, for it paved the way to the naming of the area, VIRAC. Originally, this place was a farmland surrounded by the stagnant water called “Lubnak” which the Spaniards usually took as a shortcut route going down to Spanish town on the eastern side of Baguio City which eventually became the Municipality of Itogon. Horse ridden Spanish officials who trod the area would often times hear strange sounds. One official, to contain his curiosity, was prompted to inquire what produced those odd sounds. The natives replied “they are from the GURAKS,” which is the Ibaloi term for FROGS. The official probably misunderstood the term to be “BERAK.” From then on, the place had been called “BERAK” and later modified into VIRAC, the present name of the Barangay

ALEX G. TONGALAG

Kagawad

GEORGE W. CAMADO

Kagawad

JOSEPH W. NAKIHID

Kagawad

MARCON K. SISON

Kagawad

NATIVIDAD BAGUIDODOL

Treasurer

VICTORIA I. ACAY

Secretary

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