HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BARRIO MAGASPAC
Magaspac is considered to be one of the most progressive barrios of Gerona. It is barely a kilometer from the town proper. It has a population of 1,427 as of the 1949 census. It is traveled of the national highway through roads; two going eastward to the field and other two going westward. Most people are law-abiding hospitable and God-fearing. So far, the place has neither criminal nor civil cases recorded in either the municipal police blotter or the justice of the peace. It has fourteen radio receiving sets and electric light furnished by the Paniqui Electric Plant. It has several professionals such as lawyers, nurses, teachers, mechanics, United Stated and Philippines Army Soldiers, Priest, Pastors, as well as veterans of the past war.
During the early Spanish regime, there was a spring in the southeastern part of the Barrio. Near the spring was a big Narra tree. A wide and deep lake was found on the eastern part of the barrio close to the spring which was believed to be the home of a mermaid. A devastating typhoon came and brooks one of the branches of the Narra tree. People saw the broken branch and they exclaimed “NASPAK ti sanga ti narra”.
Then they attached the name “MAGASPAC” to the place. Travelers from the northern and southern parts of Luzon usually met near the lake to have their animals drink the cool and refreshing water of the lake. They usually met at magaspac or had thirst “encuentros” because they exchanged or bartered their goods. How the word Macaspac to Magaspac could not be remembered.
The early inhabitants were Ilocanos from Badoc, Ilocos Norte. The migrating Ilocanos came to like Magaspac and they stayed their permanently. The original families were were Pascuas, Millados, Yaquitens, Pagaling, Aguilars, and Nool.