BRIEF HISTORY OF CABCAB
Nestling at the foot of a mountain is the lovely, beautiful and progressive community of Cabcab which has a unique history of its own. The village was once a swampy and forested plain. Its irregular shores facing the Maqueda Channel offer a safe anchorage to fishermen and sailors braving the sea during bad weather. These daring sea people from Ambos, Camarines, and often times passed the stormy days in this unique shore. They explored the area and found it a better place to stay. Its nearness to the mainland Camarines, separated only by the Maqueda Channel where abundant fish abounds and the protective irregular shores together with the fertile virgin plains encouraged the fishermen and sailors who frequented the place to settle and start a new life in this beautiful part of Catanduanes.
Group of fishermen settlers under the leadership of Datu Paden decided ones and for all to stay in the place and then followed by other groups as year passed by.
One summer day, several Spanish conquistadors crossed the Maqueda Channel in hot pursuit of the illusive insurrections, made a stopover at the peaceful village. They found the people in the village submissive and so they enjoyed strolling around the area. In the outskirt of the community were sturdy shady trees where the air plant called “Beo” abounds, the Spaniards rested under these trees. By coincidence up in the tree was a man gathering “Beo” leaves for fan. The Spaniards who wanted to know the name of the place called the man and asked, ”Senior, como se uma esta lugar?”. The man trembling with fear without the second thought showed what he gathered to the foreigners and said “Cabcab” which means that “beo” is used for fanning.
Since then the Spaniards recorded “Cabcab” as the name of this place. This name had been handed down unchanged from generation to generation. Cabcab grew fast as a fishing village. Ninety – eight percent of its people are fishermen. The main source of income of the people is by means of fishing. Its nearness to the poblacion six kilometers distance connected with good road, made it easy for them to transport their catch to market. Tanned in the sea yet ambitious, the people in this community look forward to give their children a better education. Now this community can boast of its professionals.
For special features, this community has a beautiful water falls in the sitio of Tumbaga which is often visited by people from ages during hot season.
It is very interesting to note that Cabcab lies at the western coastline of Catanduanes and become a part since 1965. Motorboats that ply between Sabang Partido and Cabcab dock at the port regularly every day.
Education which formally opened in 1920 – 1921 with a lone teacher Mr. Juan M. Alberto became complete elementary school in 1958 – 1959 and formally became the seat of the District of the district of San Andres II in 1970 and now San Andres West District.