Barangay Sto. Domingo I

History of Barangay Sto. Domingo I

First named Camino Real during the Spanish regime because of a newly built in the area running from the south to north, Barangay Sto. Domingo then, was just a forest, a good hunting grounds for its abundant wild animals.

It was also when the British extended the railway from Manila to North that a few people from the province of Zambales occupied the place to cultivate it.

When the Americans came, people who live in the area, near the railroads, made cantonments and turned the gracing places for their houses.

After a few years, prominent families from other barrios like the Guevarra, Salonga and Rodriguez clans, respectively, found the area good for farmlands. It was then the Guevarra’s brought the figure out Sto. Domingo in the area.

During the Spanish regime, the barrio of Sto. Domingo  was named Camino Real which was given because of a new road built running from south to north. During those days, the place was a forest of big trees and tall grasses. It was a good hunting ground because it was full of deer and wild boars.

When the British extended the railways from Manila to the North, a few civilized people occupied the place, these came from Zambales. Little by little the place was cleared and cultivated.

When the Americans came, they found a few people and because it was near the railroad, these people made cantonments and made it a gracing place, for their houses.

After a few years, people of prominence, found that the place would be good farmlands. One of these families was the ancestor of the Guevarra’s. Then the Salonga’s came and then the Rodriguezes.

With the strong faith of the people in Catholicism, after acquiring some tracts of land, the small family of the Guevarras bought the statue of Sto. Domingo .Every feast day of this patron saint, a procession was held.

In 1911, by virtue of the powers vested upon the leaders of the town, with the influence of the Americans, coupled with the desire to honor the late Domingo Guevarra, a law was enacted by the municipal government changing Camino Real to Sto. Domingo.

Different people started coming to the place and with the assignment of the late Angel Santos as Station Manager of the railroad more people came in,  this marked the progress of the barrio and its environment.

Sto. Domingo progressed with the construction of the concrete highway from North to South. In the course of time Sto. Domingo was divided in two, Sto. Domingo I and Sto. Domingo II.

Sto. Domingo I during the Japanese occupation became a garrison for the Japanese soldiers particularly Capas Central School.

Now a days, Sto. Domingo I is a commercial district, fast foods and supermarkets and other commercial establishments are the source of employment and revenues in the barangay.

            Sto. Domingo I is called Camino Real during the Spanish time. It is the original barangay of Sto. Domingo which was created in 1911 in honor of Domingo Guevarra. Although its lands are still classified agricultural, these are no longer viable for rice farming.


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