Barangay Talaga - Capas Tarlac (23)

Barangay Talaga

History of Barangay Talaga

As stated by then eldest person in the barangay, Mrs. Dolores Mungcal Salas (D), Barangay Talaga got its name from  from a folklore aside from the literal translation of the Kapampangan word Talaga which means “a well” (deep well).

According to the story, many Japanese soldiers came to live in the barangay during their occupation. One thing that these soldiers noticed in the barangay is that it had a lots of wells. Then one day, an accident occurred when a Japanese soldier who was getting water fell-off the well then an old man saw the incident and yelled “Ing hapon me talaga ya! Menakbag ya at ene linto!” (The Japanese fell into the well and got devoured). Since then they called the place “Talaga”.

And from 1960s, the craft of tinapa making has been the bread and butter of Capaseños for a long period of time, making it only a livehood but their sense of pride; tinapa, made with love as they say. It had been a party of their culture identity and success stories. This industry apart from agriculture, antique shops business, garments and manufacturing, have played vital role in success of many generations.

The story of how Barangay Talaga got its name was according to Mrs. Dolores Mungcal Salas (D) who is then the eldest person live in the Barangay. The story was during the Japanese regime, Japanese soldiers came to live in this Barangay and they observed a lot of wells in the area that contains water. One well id different, it is extra-ordinary big and the water is very deep.

            One day, Japanese was getting water from the big well, accidentally, he fell old man saw him and shouted for help in the dialect (Pampango).”Ing hapon me Talaga ya, menakbag ya king Talaga, at ene linto”, which when translated means “The Japanese fell into the well (“Talaga”) and devoured. Since then they called the place “Talaga.”

            There were only few houses then, because other families transformed to Barangay Sta. Rita, an agecent Barangay when a fire consumed their houses.

            There was no electricity and streets one in bad condition, only in 1987, during the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino that the Barangay was energized.

            During the administration of Barangay Captain Carlito M. Mariano, the Jasmine Garment Factory was established and many residents in this Barangay were employed aside from other Barangay and slowly Barangay Talaga was developed. Economic activities were spurred like rentals of boarding houses, sari-sari stores and other income generating activities.

            The biggest source of income of the residents is Tinapa making (smoked fish) and agriculture.

            Today Talaga is progressing as many of its residents are employed in different agencies (public and private), young population are evolved in colleges and universities and others are into agriculture production.

Talaga is composed of three sitios. It primarily depends on sugarcane and rice farming. A number of its farmers are engaged in the planting of mongo after the harvest of rice on the first cropping season. Tinapa manufacturing is a supplemental livelihood in the area.

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