HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BARRIO MATAPITAP
When World War II broke out Matapitap is not yet established, just a small group of houses scattered along the road. Cupang and Matapitap were formerly sitios of Salapungan, and as years pass they were organized into separate barrios. The eastern part of barrio Salapungan was named Matapitap and Cupang remained the sitio of Salapunan.
The people in the barrioare mostly ilocanos and pampango dialect. Ilocanos were the 1st. inhabitants of this place, Catalino Balmores who was the first Teniente’s, del Barrio. The Teniente del Barrios held an office, they elect their officers as the people want. In case the barrio people want to change their barrio officials, they called a meeting and asked to resign and a successor is elected, they select treasurer, barrio Police, and all of whom are selected by the barrio people. The people elect their officer by raising their hand’s system.
Matapitap is considered as one of the smallest barrio of Gerona. It is 3 km. away from the town proper. It traversed by the provincial road through the town proper of Victoria on the eastern part of Gerona.
The Barangay has two roads, one going southward to the field and the other one going northward (to bawa), most of the people are farmers. Their principal crops are rice, corn, sugarcane, singkamas, peanut, etc. Palay, sugarcane, corn are the 3 major crops planted in this barangay. Camote, peanut, singkamas depend upon the season, and the major auxiliary crops are vegetables.