HISTORY AND CULTURAL LIFE OF BARRIO DANZO
Many years ago, long before the American Occupation, Danzo was a thick forest. Tall talahib grasses covered the whole area. At night nothing was heard except the hooting of the owls. People were afraid to pass through the place especially at night. Today, it is no longer a forest, but rice and sugarcane producing barrio of Gerona. A version about the origin of the name Danzo is that it is a derivation from the Ransouan, the Pangasinan name for a hiding or resting place. Groups of a bad man called “Tulisan” hid in this barrio and its vicinity. They held up and grabbed the money and other valuables of the people who passed the place. The Guardia Civil and other brave citizens raided this hiding place, but they never caught the bad man, not until when the Americans came. As time passed, some people tried to win the friendship of these tulisans and began to clear up the place little by little. This group came from pangasinan. They did not stay long for they move to another place again.
Later during the Spanish regime, an old man from a nearby barrio named Ignacio Arciaga with his family bravely came to settle in this haunted place. They cut trees and tall grasses. They built their houses and began to till the soil. They also invited friends to help clean the place. Friends and relatives came to live with them so more houses have to build. They tried their best to plant different kinds of crops on a commercial scale. This old man did not live long, but his family, friends, and relatives continued to stay there to make the barrio progressive. These settlers later on selected the head of the barrio called the Teniente del barrio. The teniente Del barrio from the early days to the present are as follows: Mariano Benitez, Pablo Torato, Florentino Tabago, Eulalia Fernandez, Miguel Porlucas, Pedro Porlucas, Ignacio Urbano, Domingo Arciaga, Pampilo Arciaga, Pelgion Cabacungan, Ignacio Rombaoa, Sotero Maurera, Mariano Bugayong, Justo Balaba and Exequiel Fernandez.
TRADITION, CUSTOMS, AND PRACTICE IN DOMESTIC AND SOCIAL LIFE
The old and young folks in this barrio still practice the different customs and practices of their elders. They rebaptism sickly children. An old man or woman will strike the post with a bolo pronouncing the new name of the child believing that whoever calls the children his former name will be spiritually punished. Some of the funny nicknames which are applied are Bel-ling, Pidut, Pulaw, Idot, and others. This practice is commonly known as “Bunyag ti siruk ti Latuk” which means baptism under a wooden platter. The practice of exacting dowry is still observed by the parents of young ladies on the parents of prospective grooms.
Barangay Danzo is geographically located along the road bounded on the west by the barangay Tagumbao and on the north by barangay Don Basilio and on the east by barangay Pinasling and on the south by barangay Malayep. Barangay Danzo has four (4) puroks.Barangay Danzo has a total land area of two hundred sixty-two thousand seven hundred twenty-five km. (262, 725). The agricultural land is one hundred seventy seven hectares (177). The farm areas are planted with rice, sugarcane, corn, camote, sincamas, vegetables, and others.