ABANATAN- LITTLE CREEK
The name of the town of Dupax in Vizcaya comes from the Isinay word "Dopaj". By Dopaj the Isinays meant "to lie down in complete relaxation". According to folklores that have survived from generation to generation, even long before the founding fathers founded the municipality, the site of what eventually became the "poblacion" or town center of Dupax used to serve as a roaring camp for primitive hunters from surrounding tribal settlements. After hard days of hunting in the nearby mountains, the hunters would retire to the camp where they would feast on their catch of wild animals. When they were through with their brand of merry-making "they would lie down and relax completely" before getting up again in order to return to their respective homes. Proximately because the camping area which is a plain or a valley, was near therir hunting grounds, they finally decided to settle there permanently, together with their families.
In time, the town's name metamorphosed into, and came to be called as Dupax upon the coming of the Spaniards who for convenience, substituted the letter X in lieu of letter J. And this was how the municipality of Dupax came into being.
The orignal town of Dupax without doubts is the largest municipality of the province of Nueva Vizcaya in terms of land area. IN 1971 Congress passed into law Republic Act 6372 otherwise known as "An act creating the Municipality of Dupax del Norte in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya, sponsored by Congressman Benjamin B Perez.
It could be said however that the division of Dupax has had some historical basis. As early as 1725, the municpality of Dupax was said to be inhabited by two tribes, the Maalats and the Caraos, The Maalats, led by a chieftain named Dayag, occupied an area which is now know as Parai (in Deupax del Norte) and the Caraos, led by Chieftain Tiyun Pising lived with the Isinays (Dupax del Sur).
As early as 1928, during the term of Municipal President Inocensio Suzon, there were already attempts to transfer the townhall to Malasin because of its strategically location. On November 28m 1931, during the incubency of Municipal President Tranquilino Orden, the Municipal Council approved Resolution sponsored by Victoriano Barroga proposing the transfer of the seat of Municipal government from the old poblacion to Malasin.
Present make up of the town population drastically changed when the Ilocanos came to settle in the outlying barrios.
--to be continued---Nestor Palugod Enriquez email@example.com
e-mai for one of Dupax favorite son...
From: LATARP (LATARP@aol.com)
Hi !!! How are you? Kumosta ayu?
It has been a long time and I am very happy to hear from you. Now
I remember almost everybody. How is your mother doing? I-kumosta na y Ina
Renata na? Give her my regards. Also to your brothers and sisters. I
remember Elenita, and Nene. I also remember you Nestor as the one who went
to the US Navy, and yes, I remember now when you and Ina Renata came to visit
my father. And of course I remember you Toto.
Believe me - I am overwhelmed with nostalgia. Dupax, Malasin,
Ineangan, Mabasa - all of them are very much in my mind. I remember my childhood there;
the elementary school, St. Mary's High School and of course SNVI. I remember
my high school teacher Mr. Parucha who originally taught at SNVI, then at St.
Mary's. I hope to go back home for a visit for a few days sometime in the
My sister (Sr. Emilia) is here on vacation. She is with St.
Joseph's College, Espana, Quezon City. I don't know if you remember my
brothers - Asterio is here too, in Fords, NJ - a Computer
Programmer/Consultant; Jose is in LA - he used to be the LAN Administrator
for the American Red Cross and he is now with Los Angeles County. Robert is
also here, also at Fords and is in Data Center Support and Operations at
Merrill Lynch & Company in New York. My elder brother, our junior, and
youngest sister Corazon are still in the Philippines. My mother is staying
with my brother Robert.
By the way, Nestor, I commute weekly to New York, when I want to
work in New York. I park at the PATH station, Journal Square and take the
PATH train across the river. One of these days I might bump into you. Maybe
we already did bump into each other but somehow we may not have recognized one
another because of the length of time since the last that we met. I also
teach two nights at the Chubb Institute, Journal Square. I might visit you
in your office one day.
How about you Toto. Tell me also how you have been. If I recall
correctly, you said you work in DC. That's a nice place to work. That's
where the power brokers are. One of these days I might visit Washington DC,
maybe for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
I remember my father and how he has been very close to Tata Torino
and Ina Rosa, to then Mayor Palugod and family, and of course to your family.
I remember those elections, when Mayor Palugod will garner only a few votes in
Dupax and the mayor's opponent at one time stating in the local dialect -
"Don't even try to convince Polon to vote for me, we know he is solidly
Palugod". Those were the days. Now all we can do is reminisce. Aaaah
Well, I have taken up much of your time already. I just want you
to know that I am very very happy to be in touch with my kababayans and
especially you guys, the families of people who my parents have been very
close to. Stay in touch.