Carcar place names in 1850
Just this night, in one of my list-making moments, I copied all the place names I would find in a single year of records. I decided to also tabulate the baptisms involving residents of each place. The results are not a strictly accurate gauge of the relative populations of these places but maybe, a fair enough idea of its size at the time, relative to each other.
I chose the 1850 Baptismal records and its first entry was dated 5 January and the last, 28 December. I counted 46 places, give 2 or 3 others that looked unfamiliar and with the sometimes faint writing, I was unable to read. One of the places appears to have been deciphered because there still exists a place of that name today–Saay, in Can-asojan (if it is the same place). Incidentally, Can-asojan itself never appeared in 1850 and 1851.
The place with the most baptisms was Bacsiji with 44 for the entire year, followed closely by Sangat (which parted with Carcar only in 1858 upon the establishment of the new parish-town of San Fernando) with 43. Incidentally Sangat was spelled as Sañgat, with the tilde, to indicate its pronunciation. So was Mantaoñgon and with its elided “l”, for consistency you kind of wonder why present-day Baogo and Mowag were spelled Balogo and Mulag back then.
Cogon had 30; Daanglungsod, 29; Latid, 26. Despite some years now of asking around, I haven’t come across somebody, young or old alike, who recognizes the name Latid anymore, much less know what its name might be today. But since this was the place where most Al- surnames originated, I would think that this is a locality or village in present-day Guadalupe — but where specifically in that large barangay, again, nobody has shown me.
Meanwhile, Napo had 21; Cabiaon, 17 and Minaga, 12. Until not too long ago, Napo was just a sitio of the barrio of Ocaña even as Ocaña, ironically, was not even mentioned in these 1850 records. None of the many persons I asked have also heard of Cabiaon, it could be we just are not the most knowledgeable in town. But since it figured prominently, Cabiaon must still be a fair-sized and well-populated place today, only maybe it is now known by some other name. On the other hand, Minaga, one suspects, must be present-day Perrelos, although again which part specifically of Perrelos it was, I hope one can also volunteer the information. However, I did read in some source that the Valladolid River of today was once called Minag-a and so Minaga place must have been a settlement on the banks thereof. Maybe on the Perrelos side if we were to follow any archaeological clue.
Luanluan, Mantaoñgon (now part of Barili) and Montepase had 9 baptisms each. Bolinauan (the old spelling), Taug and Tubod had 8, while Basac and Mulag (now spelled Mowag), 7. Tapon had 6 and Lagang, 5, to round up the top spots.
A note on the handwriting. The script was quite dainty; painterly would describe it. But there was a little carelessness in writing “u” for example and “a” and “o” such that a reader might mix the two up. Thus, for some of the records you would mistake Montepase to be Mantepase. And Caboncolan and Cabancalan, although maybe there really was a Cabancalan, too. Minag-a was not then separated by a dash.
Again, it was the parents of the baptized infants that were described to be residents of these places. I specifically point this out because readers may easily misinterpret this piece to mean that the baptisms were done in those places. Of course, the baptisms were done in the parish church. The question was where was this church in 1850 located?