HISTORY AND CULTURE OF BARRIO SULIPA
Sulipa, the biggest barrio of Gerona is about eight kilometers away from the town proper. This barrio is peaceful and progressive. The inhabitants are contented because most of them are landowners. Every year, they never fail to have bountiful harvests. The place is blessed with a river which provides a means of livelihood to some inhabitants. Different kinds of fishes and shells abound in this God-given river.
The barrio has four sitios, namely; Mabanoot, Caniogan, Kabulalaan, and Turod Manapol.
Long ago, Sulipa was a very thick forest. Aetas were the first inhabitants of the place. It was then unknown and nameless. It was far from the town and the people did not know that there was such a paradise. The time came when drought and famine-affected the mode of living of the paradise. The search for food and water became one of the most pressing problems. Many people went too far places to look for food and water.
There was a group of Pampangos who walked miles in of food. Darkness was about to fall when they reached a thick forest that was unfamiliar to them. They rested under the shady trees. What a sound and peaceful slumber they had after the tedious journey. Suddenly in their sleep, one was awakened by a trickling sound somewhere. He awakened his companions and the search the trickling sounded started. At last, came upon a river. In their excitement, they towards it and plunged into the water to quench their thirst. While they were drinking, they felt something hard under their feed. They picked up one of the hard objects, and what did they see? A selfish “Sulib sulib”( a shellfish in Pampango dialect) they all cried together. A mat of shellfish spread under the feet. They crazily filled their clothes, pockets, handkerchiefs, huts, and everything that could be used as containers. They lost no time in building a fire by the river and they cooked and ate Sulib to the heart’s desire. Then they gathered more sulib and started for home. The people whom they met on their way asked them where they got so much shellfish, but they could not tell where. All they knew was it baskets while others brought their families to live forever in the place of sulibs. From that time on, people increased in number in that place.
Among the prominent inhabitants of the place were Eulogio Milla and Raymundo Asuncion. They grouped together and formed the barangay. It was in 1876 when this place was named Sulipa taken from the Pampango word “Sulib” meaning shellfish.
According to Raymundo Asuncion now 125 years old, the earliest tenientes of the barrio were the following; Alejandro Bartolome, Patricio Gonzales, Maximo Callao, Mariano Lumibao, and Cornelio Agustin.
The origin of many sitios is within the jurisdiction of Sulipa which do now thickly populated are due to the people own lots in those places.
Mabanoot is now a very low place. It serves as the meeting place of all dirt. When the river goes high or when there is a flood one will find out that the place is filled with all kinds of aquatic plants. After a day or two places are filled with a foud odor. In Ilocano, Mabanoot means foud odor. That was how Mabanoot got its name.
Caniogan, another sitio of the barrio got its name in front of her presence of many coconut trees. In Ilocano, Caniogan plenty of coconuts.
Taldiapan is a highly elevated place. It is so nicely situated that at a single glance one can see what is approaching the place.
Turo Manapol. The name of another sitio was taken from the name of an Aeta chieftain named Manapol. When the Christian inhabitants’ settlers thought of naming the place after the chieftain Manapol.
That’s the legendary story how Barangay Sulipa got it name.