Teodoro Montemayor, in his history of Alaminos, has the following accounts which lead to the founding of Barangay Pocalpocal. There was a time when a woman named Suyang ruled Alaminos. Suyang was a popular ruler and was proud of that. This caused the ire of Perez, a powerful ruler from Zambales. Perez decided to punish Suyang and his men so he set forth for Alaminos. But Suyang was forewarned of the coming of Perez and his troop. She advised the town people to leave their residence, and so the people left the town in two groups. The group went to a place near the Bued River or what is now Pocalpocal. The place has no name then. A small lake called “Timmaew” was found there. The narrow and deep part of the lake was called “Lipit.” South of Lipit is a bubbling spring known as “Ayusan.”
The people from the place were asked where they live, they answered, “Diad lugar na walay pocalpocal” (where there is a spring). Timmaew has been turned into ricefields and so Lipit and Ayusan as generations come and go. The big trees were felled to meet the needs of the community and in the course of time “lugar na walay pocalpocal” has slowly faded to other words until “Pocalpocal” became the name of this Barangay up to this day.
Most of the old people talk about the just and rich resident by the name of Don Gregorio Montemayor who established his residence outside the Barangay proper near Lipit. Up to this day the tamarind tree near his house still stands.
The livelihood of the people is farming and fishing. On the other side, with a growing population, the residents have looked for other employment. Pocalpocal is bordered by these Barangays: on the south, San Vicente; on the west, Tanaytay and Poblacion; on the north, Bued; and on the east, Sabangan. It is just one kilometer away from Poblacion.
Pocalpocal is not a big Barangay. It only has about a hundred houses and the number of families is just more than a hundred. The major dialect is Ilocano but the people also can communicate in Pangasinan, Filipino and English.
Barangay Captain: Raul Radam
Richard Bryan Buenaflor
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