History of Dalupaon
Dalupaon is the second largest barangay in the town of Pasacao, Camarines Sur. It’s facing Ragay Gulf and Quezon Province. It covers a total area of 1,685 hectares. It has a distance of 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Metro Manila. Travel from Metro Manila via Pan-Philippine Highway (Makarlika Highway) is about 8 hours and 41 minutes. Travel by plane from NAIA (Metro Manila) to Naga Airport takes 1 hour and 20 minutes and from Naga Airport to Dalupaon via Maharlika Highway, Danao-Pasacao road, and Caranan-Macad road takes another 2 hours.
Residents have diverse cultural backgrounds, as they have come from different parts of Bicol peninsula and other regions across the Philippines.
For many decades, their means of transportation has been motorboats to and from the port of Pasacao. In 2018, the first land transportation was built from Caranan and Macad linking with the village.
According to oral tradition, Dalupaon derived from two Bicolano words “ladop” and “paon,” meaning “to dive” and “fish bait,” respectively. The barrio’s source of living is fishing where natives either “ladop” or catch fish using “paon.”
In the early days during the pre-Spanish era, a group of strangers riding Vintas from the Moro land came to the place. They were popularly called “Moros” and wandered from place to place. They were known in the Bicol Peninsula as “Vagabonds of the South.” Their main goal was to search for wealth. The group was led by a “Lakan” or chief. He continuously ordered his troop to dive into the sea and look for undetermined wealth or hidden treasure.
While Moros were diving to look for wealth, the natives were diving to look for food such as crabs and other seafood. They called it “dalup,” a word native to inhabitants of the place, meaning “to dive.” It’s a local variant of “ladop,” the most popular and standard Bicolano word in the Bicol Peninsula. They were also catching fish using baits, which the natives called “paon,” the same word used in other parts of the Bicol Peninsula, meaning “fish bait.”
Moros left then a group of Spaniards arrived. They stepped on the ground and had dialogues with the natives accompanied with gestures. They asked the natives what was the name of the place and the sea while pointing to the sea. Natives misunderstood it, thinking they were asking how to catch fish in the sea. Instead, they told the Spaniards that they would perform “dalup” or use “paon” to catch fish. Spaniards on their end assumed that the place was known as Dalup and Paon or “Dalup y Paon” in Spanish.
Old Spanish books show that the place was also called “Dalupaes” in the province of “Camarines” by Spaniards.
Hundreds of years later when the Philippines was colonized by the United States, American soldiers learned about a place called Dalupaes or Dalup y Paon by Spaniards, but over the years of their stay, they Americanized the name of the place by shortening it to “Dalupaon.”
Spaniards discovered the natural beauty of Dalupaon and its enormous wealth of natural resources—its thick forests rich in Narra, Mahogany trees, and bamboos, which led to the installation of a big sawmill in the coast.
Spaniards built a shipyard, and the coast was later called “Astillero de Dalupaon.” They constructed two galleons during the governorship of Juan de Silva (1609-1616), the Spanish military commander and governor of the Philippines. The two galleons were named “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe” and “Santo Ángel de la Guarda.”
The galleons were used in trading between Manila and Acapulco and in defense of the Philippines against Dutch incursion in the naval battle of Playa Honda.
A proof that a Spanish shipyard existed in Dalupaon is seen near the shore within the area of Dalupaon Elementary School, and these are the remnants of a huge sawmill called “Camarín” by Spaniards. This assertion is backed by historical accounts in several repositories in Spain.
Dalupaon played a vital role in the history of the Philippines, Spain, and the United States as well as the Japanese occupation and Dutch incursion.
This History of Dalupaon is carefully documented and maintained by Dalupaon.com with references from various educational institutions in the world. It is preserved for future generations.