BRIEF HISTORY OF BATONG PALOWAY
Long before the arrival of the Spaniards, this place has no name of its own. This was simply called “ilaya” by the natives. Few people reside in this place since it was stony and not suitable for farming. This place was only good for pasturing animals like carabaos. This was also known to be a sitio of Comagaycay.
Sources revealed that as early as the 16th century, this place was trodden by Spanish conquerors. These people kept on wondering in the place and its wilderness. They tried asking people what they met in their own language but people responded nothing for they don’t understand one another. Questions, inquiries and others were spoken by the foreigners but they got no correct answer because if ever natives try to answer the question they speak their native language and just the same, they were misunderstood.
While on their way to discover and conquer, they observed that what they could see on every place, there were stones, trees and or plants of the same kind. Holding the stone, the foreigner asked the natives if what they called that object and natives answered correctly in their local way or calling it “bato” and another thing they asked for what was the name of the common plant of the place. While holding the plant, the foreigners asked the natives the name of the plant and answering in the local way, they called it “palway”. So then the foreigners combined the two words and called the place “Bato Paluay”.
In the course of time,people from the town come in and out of this place. They heard of what the foreigners name of the place, and not able to speak immediately the words “Bato Paluay” they added “ng “to Bato and called the place “ Batong Palway”. To this time, this place is being called “Batong Paluay”
During the early part of the 19th century, the present barrio of Batong Paluay which is composed of the sitio of Batong Paluay, Tabaguangan, Colapnit nad Caitihan was inhabited by only few families who were owners of most of the land. Among them were the late Lorenzo Soneja, Narciso Soneja, Marcos Soneja, Norberto Soneja, Ariston Surban Sr., Inigo Arcilla Sr., Jose Vargas, Pablo Masagca, Benedicto Sorreda and the late Alejo Aquino. When the Second World War broke out, people in the town stayed in the nearby barrios. During the war, they formed the vacant lots of the place so that after the war many of them stayed permanently in their new homes. As years went by, children of the early inhabitants got married and made their home in the place. Few years after the Second World War, the Municipal Council of Calolbon approved resolution sponsored by Emiliano Surban, the councilor in –charge of the place, making it a barrio and naming it officially Batong Paluay.
The population growth was rapid so the barrio leaders worked hard so that a school will be opened in the barrio. This was realized in the year 1953. Extension classes were opened in October. One of those classes as opened in the barrio of Batong Paluay with Miss Belen Magno – now Mrs. Belen Sorreda as the first teacher. This class was a combination of Grades I and II.
The following year Mr. Leutinso Solsona was assigned as the next teacher. During his term, another half hectare was added to the school site which was donated by Mrs. Belen Sorreda. During this year, a nipa shack was constructed in the school site to save the parents from paying house rental used by the classes. The following years, more classes were opened until after the barrio has already a complete primary school.
With the cooperation of the barrio officials, school officials and councilor in – charge of the barrio, streets were laid but because the houses during these days were built anywhere without planning of a modern barrio. The term of the President Magsaysay with Mr. Aristeo S. Arcilla as Alcalde Municipal brought new phase to the barrio. Feeder’s roads were constructed leading to the barrio proper up to the different sitios. Magsaysay’s will were constructed and pre – fabricated school building were constructed too. That school building was however was destroyed by typhoon Welming and a Marcos Type Building was constructed in its place. This building houses the four classes in the barrio.
The inhabitants of the barrio continued to increase and in a length of time the population of the school increased too. The Marcos Type Building was not enough to accommodate increasing student’s population. The barrio officials work hand on hand so that a new class will be opened – the first grade VI. Therefore, from a humble beginning of a teacher with a combination of two classes comes a complete elementary school with eight teacher sand a free pledge Head Teachers.
The Barrio of Batong Paluay is well known throughout the town and neighboring town since 1906. The said year, the miraculous image of our Lady of Sorrows was found. Every Friday, from dawn to dusk, people from different walks of life came into the barrio chapel to pray to the image of Blessed Mother of Sorrow.
The people of the barrio are mostly farmers. They were industrious, peaceful, cooperative and courteous.