The Town History of Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines

Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya Municipal Hall
Bayombong Nueva Vizcaya Municipal Hall

Bayombong was established at the southern part of the present la Torre, where the Bayumbung River passes through. The name Bayombong came from the Gaddang word “Bayongyong” which means confluence of a mighty river. Another version has it that “bayongyong” refers to a bamboo, about 2 meters long, used to carry freshwater from wells built along river banks. As told, the Gaddanes never welcomed the arrival of the Maalates. This resistance triggered the first tribal war resulting from Maalates retreat to nearby areas. On their retreat, they left their valuable possession, their “Bayongyong”. The place was literally littered with so many abandoned Bayongyong. Since then, the place was named “Bayumbung”, as a fitting reminder to the Gaddangs of their first taste of victory over the invasion of their private domains. It was delightful for Spanish missionaries to see the natives parading in long queues with their “Bayongyong” filled with water on their shoulders. When asked by friars about the bamboo water containers, the carriers chorused “Bayongyong” in response. For conveniences and for lack of a fitting name, the Spanish friars baptized the place “Bayumbung” and later change it to “Bayombong”.

Bayombong is composed of 25 barangays:

  1. Bansing 
  2. Bonfal West 
  3. Canabuan 
  4. Ipil - Cuneg 
  5. Don Domingo Maddela 
  6. La Torre South 
  7. Magsaysay 
  8. Salvacion 
  9. Vista Alegre 
  10. Bonfal East 
  11. Buenavista 
  12. Casat 
  13. Don Mariano Marcos 
  14. Don Tomas Maddela 
  15. Luyang 
  16. Masoc 
  17. San Nicolas 
  18. Bonfal Proper 
  19. Busilac 
  20. District IV 
  21. Don Mariano Perez 
  22. La Torre North 
  23. Magapuy 
  24. Paitan 
  25. Santa Rosa

Bayombong's town Fiesta is called Bayongyong Festival held every August 3 to 5. It is a festival with the opening day with fireworks, variety shows, grand parade, and people’s night. They include the much-awaited search for Saniata ken Bayabay ti Bayombong as an annual activity and a street dancing competition too.

Their patronal fiesta is St. Dominic held every August 8. The feast of St, Dominic, and the Patron Saint of Bayombong is celebrated during the first day of the town fiesta. This event shows the religious influence of the Roman Catholic in the capital town.






Reference:
Nueva Vizcaya Government. (n.d.). Bayombong [blog post]. Retrieved from https://nuevavizcaya.gov.ph/municipalities/bayombong/.

Photoraph of Bayombong Municipal Hall by Ramon FVelasquez / CC BY-SA.

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