The Story of Barangay Utod to Barangay Guadalupe

Brgy. Guadalupe was originally Sitio Lagu-Lagu and one of the many sitios of Barangay Gabas. Because of its distance of the center of the mother barangay, the earlier residents decided to separate so that basic goods, services and other benefits of a barangay could easily reach its residents.

Sunset in Brgy. Guadalupe. Photo by Jay Calipayan Gumba

It was in the year 1920 when Sitio Lagu-Lagu became Barangay Utod and was officially recognized by the Municipal Government of Baybay as one of its many barangays. The name Utod came from the old Baybayanon language which is “utod” that means “cut”. The name was chosen to signify that Sitio Lagu-Lagu was cut off from Brgy. Gabas and now a separate barangay.

Satellite view of Brgy. Guadalupe. It’s adjacent to Visayas State U – Main Campus

In 1923, the first few families of Brgy. Utod, such as the Amihans, Bartolinis, Caintics, Romos, Silaos, Bulawans, Espinosas, Gundemaros, Nuñezes, and Poliquits, decided to build a chapel for its patron saint, the Nuesta Señora de Guadalupe, the same patron saint as that of Brgy. Gabas.

Pedro Caintic was the first Teniente del Barrio of Brgy. Utod, followed by Doroteo Caintic, Melitono Calipayan respectively.

In 1948, Catalino Peñalosa registered Brgy. Guadalupe as the new official name of Brgy. Utod. The name Guadalupe was derived from the name of its patron saint, the Nuesta Señora de Guadalupe.

It marks the date in 1531 when the Virgin Mary purportedly appeared to an indigenous Mexican, in the last of several apparitions. Her image is associated with everything from motherhood to feminism to social justice.

Through the years, Brgy. Guadalupe’s population considerably increased due to its close proximity to Visayas State University. Many uni students and even professors reside in the boarding houses and apartments in the barangay.

1 thought on “The Story of Barangay Utod to Barangay Guadalupe

  1. Hi kuya, thanks for sharing about Brgy. Guadalupe’s history. It’s great to learn about historical facts that the latter generations often not know about. I only heard about Guadalupe from my Lola on how it separated from Barrio Gabas.

    It can be observed in older maps, Gabas is bordered with Pangasugan and Kilim, and it was huge. Even Patag was a sitio of Gabas back then. We (Gabasnon) still have a lot of sitios now, Purok 1-6(?), Mainit(?), Sitio Gaas (mountain-side) and Cienda.

    I’m happy to read about Sitio Lagu-lagu (which I only know is a river and bridge) and the families who helped together to build Guadalupe into what it is now. Their decendants are still present there, I have a lot of classmates bearing those family names.

    God bless you and good luck!


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