HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BARRIO PARSOLINGAN
During the past and up to the present, the barrio has retained the name. According to Mr. Venancio Dulay and Mrs. Romana Mandi, the first settlers of the place were drunkards who seemed to be dizzy all time. The first inhabitants were “Paling-palingan”. A Pampango word which means that they swayed from the side when they walk. The settlers themselves claimed that their condition is somewhat awkward.
When the Spaniards came, the first settlers were asked the name of the place. They answered ”Parsolingan”. A Spanish soldier said in return “Parsolingan”.This barrio has four sitios. One of them is named Talimundoc. It was so dry and sandy. No plants could grow except trees. Going eastward along the railway is Kurus. They named it because a cross was erected when the railroad was built. Another sitio is “Bacarra”. It is the place where Mr. Ayuyao and his relatives are now living. It was so named because the first families who inhabited that part were Ilocanos who came from Bacarra, Ilocos Norte. Another sitio is Baterya. It is east of the National road where many mango trees are now found. It got its name because the old and brave settler who first arrived in the place made a tunnel to harass the Casadores as they passed by. They shot and killed many Spanish soldiers in the place using the tunnel as their battery defense.
The barrio of Parsolingan was established in 1875.
The first settlers belonged to the Mamual, Pauco, Dupitas, Mandi Duenas, Taar Cuaresma, and Taberna Families.
Don Luis Mamaual (1st Cabeza de Barangay)
Talimundoc which is near the railroad is now depopulated. Only eleven huts remain in this sitio. Kurus which is just along the railway has only two houses at present. Mosdt of the inhabitants of these two sitios had their houses transferred along the national highway. They brought their houses to the sitios of Bacarra and Baterya. They did so because during the World War. The guerillas as well as the Japanese soldier usually stayed in these sitios of Talimundoc and Kurus. They fear these elements that came during the unholy hours of the night and so they moved along the highway. At present Bacarra and Baterya are thickly populated. During the Spanish occupation, a bantayan was erected in sitio Bacarra. Here the children were taught the cartilla and its rudiments.