HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BARRIO SALAPUNGAN
The present name of the barrio is Salapungan. It is derived from the Pampango dialect “Salapungan”. It has sitio called “Kupang”. It was founded in 1896.
The original families who first settled in the barrio were the Facun Family, Mendoza Family, Lopez Family, Sigua Family, and Sumaoang Family.
LIST OF TENIETNES FROM THE EARLIST TIME
1. Calixto Facun
2. Jose Facun
3. Carlos Sumaoang
4. Crispulo Salonga
5. Juan Cunanan
6. Juan Sumaoang
7. Isidro Mendoza
8. Juan Buscaino
9. Alejandro Lopez
10. Celestino Mendoza
11. Domingo Baliola
12. Jose Velasquez
13. Basilio Cunanan
14. Gavino Lopez
15. Estanislao Sigua
16. Andres Facun
17. Esteban Leones
Salapungan was founded by a group of people who engaged in banditry and kidnapping. They were able to engage in lawless activities because the place then was not yet inhabited. It was easy for them to kidnap and molest people traveling from one to assist him for the place was then a forest where fire trees grew in abundance. As time went on, people from Pangasinan, Pampanga, and Ilocos Provinces migrated to Salapungan. This place was then under-populated and offered greater opportunities for advancement. Later there was inter-marriage among the people.
There was an instance when some groups of bandit looted the convent. The looters did not notice that some of the clothes they stole were falling behind them. Because of this negligence or omission, the Spanish authorities were able to trace the culprits and were blamed for having looted the convent. The looters were shot to death on that very day.
When the Americans arrived, they made their temporary camp in this barrio. The people were astonished to see the size and color of the American soldiers. Later on, due to the attitude of the Americans, they were able to win the confidence and friendship of the barrio people.
When World War II broke out, the Japanese Imperial Army showed signs of cruelty and injustice. The people of the barrio evacuated in order to avoid crossing the path of the ruthless enemies.
The barrio also served as a meeting place for the guerrillas who belonged to different underground organizations. When the Americans arrived to liberate the Philippines from the Japanese, the people who evacuated to other places returned to their homes to pick up the pieces and begin life anew.
Barangay Salapungan is geographically bounded on the South by the town proper, East by Brgy. Matapitap, South by Brgy. Amacalan, North by Brgy. San Antonio.
It has an area of 170 hectares 2.7 square kilometers. This community is engaged primarily in agricultural products such as sugarcane, rice, vegetables, poultry products, and some other cottage-industry products.
This barangay has a total population of 2,437 inhabitants as of January 2008. It has 453 households.
At present barangay Salapungan is divided into (6) six puroks. This purok is under the supervision of a kagawad of the council.
This barangay also produced a line of a political leader who had become the Municipal Vice Mayor of Gerona Tarlac in the year 2016 up to 2019 and now the current Municipal Councilor. This honorable man is Hon. Pacifico L. Agudo.
The famous Isdaan Restaurant is also located at Barangay Salapungan, Gerona, Tarlac