The name “Balayang” was originally “Balbalayang” a name used by its early settlers. Unrecorded stories regarding the origin of the name has two versions. These are both from the name of a plant whose fruits are eaten by birds, which they call “balbalayang–wawak” (a certain crow).
Bird hunting enthusiasts from the Poblacion and its adjacent Barangays hunted birds in a place called “Kabalbalayangan” (perhaps pertaining to place were the crows abound). Later it was shortened to “Balbalayang.”
On the other hand, a second version narrates of some variety of a seedy banana plant that grew in the area. Strangely, this plant, which differs from all the banana species that thrive there, grew at the central part of the Barangay. It was very unlike the others with its large trunk and that the fluid that oozes out of the trunk when cut is reddish, resembling that of blood. Highly superstitious during their time, the folks shun away from cutting this banana plant that grew so big. Being so different, they called it “Balbalayang” which means “not true or real one.” However, no one can explain why this strange banana hill no longer exists in the place.
It was in August 29, 1961 when the first Barangay elementary school was established in the place through the efforts of the late Municipal Councilor Patricio Ranit Sr. and Barangay leaders Apolinario Vanguardia and Baltazar Regaspi. It was during this period that “Balbalayang” became “Balayang.” The communityfolk unanimously agreed and instructed the pioneer teacher (Miss) Perpetua Camorongan that all reports and records pertaining to the school and the Barangay will bear the name “Balayang,” dropping the prefix “bal” for clarity, ease and convenience.
For the proceeding years the Barangay has been officially recognized as “Barangay Balayang.”
Barangay Captain: Jessie Racraquin
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