HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BARRIO PLASTADO
Plastado is agricultural land with few trees scattered in the more than two hundred hectares site. The entire barrio was formerly owned by the late Capitan Jacoba Enriquez, wife of Capitan Lazaro Tañedo. It was named Plastado because its land surface was flat and clear of other vegetation except for rice and sugarcane, the principal crop. Most of the residents of the barrio are tenants of the hacienda. They are religious and simple in life.
DATE OF ESTABLISHMENT:
Plastado was established during the later part of the nineteenth century.
There were only three groups of families that first migrated as tenant farmers to Plastado. These three groups of families were related by blood. But because of intermarriages with different families or nearby barrios the population expanded to more than two hundred different families. Although they belonged to different tribes, Pampango is the principal dialect of the barrio.
LIST OF TENIENTES FROM THE EARLIEST TIME TO DATE:
Tenientes del Barrio are elected by the people by the people. He is assisted by the Segundo Teniente del Barrio serve as long as the barrio people want them. In case of resignation, a meeting is called in order to elect another Teniente del Barrio which in our present time we call it Punong Barangay.
IMPORTANT FACTS, INCIDENTS, OR EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE:
Barrio Plastado was only founded after the cessation of hostilities called Cabaus located southeast of the present location formerly of the barrio which was depopulated due to the construction of railway west or place. Due to the maladministration and the treatment of the people their cultural life was left at the mercy of the Guardian Civil and Filipino serving the Spaniards. The members of the Guardian Civil and Filipino serving the Spaniards. The members of the Guardia Civil were crueler than their Spanish masters, the Kasadores. They demanded many tributes from the people and those who could not come across were suspected as supporters of the Katipuneros. These innocent suspects were tortured and at the time beaten to death. The only school was available offering private tutoring. The “Katon”, a Spanish book for beginners’ way the only text used. The tutors of the Katon have usually paired in-kind annually. These tutors were not the graduates of recognized schools, but not only products of other Katon school whose proficiencies are their reading.
TRADITION, CUSTOMS, AND PRACTICES IN DOMESTIC AND SOCIAL LIFE:
The only person in the barrio considered as a man of note is the Teniente del Barrio. His decisions on matters not requiring judicial actions were final. Next to him, is overseas of the hacienda? He had authority over the tenants regarding his way of running the farm as directed by the owner.
BIRTH AND BAPTISM:
In child delivery, the mother is assisted by the local midwife called the “Hilot”. The hilot is not registered. The hilot gives the daily message, usually lasting from fifteen to twenty days to the woman who gave birth. She also attends to the newborn child at the time the umbilical cord is healed. The name of the baby is usually chosen from the calendar. Before the baptism, the sponsor or “Tegawan” who is usually chosen from among the relatives, friend and from prominent people.
COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE:
The pampango custom of the marriage of the original families gave way to the Ilocano practice or custom because of the intermarriages of the inhabitants. The Ilocano practice of giving dowry is shunned by the Pampangos so when a Pampango young man desires to marry an Ilocano lady, elopement in most cases becomes the ultimate course.
Most of the people are still superstitions as they still believe in the following superstitions.
. When a child is sick, a quack doctor, the man was is called. They believed in what the quack doctor says regarding the cause of the child’s sickness which is usually attributed to the dwarfs (patience). In order to heal the sick, the quack doctor requires the father of the sick child to perform some rituals to appease the dwarfs.
. They believed that it is had to strike the pillows with each other especially at night because the sound produced is a sign of a bad omen.
. They sprinkle vinegar on the posts of the house when there is a thunderstorm believing that in so doing, it will driveway the thunderbolts.