A town Sui Generis
Created on November 20, 1961 as a new municipality of Surigao del Sur, Bayabas is a progeny of two municipalities, Cagwait and Tago. (See Map https://goo.gl/maps/GYmnbQcKQns). There was this big trunk of a guava tree near the seashore where local fishermen and those from neighboring towns used to take shelter. And that is how the municipality got its name.
Atty. Aquino Luna Garcia, the 3rd Mayor of Bayabas, once wrote that: “This is a town sui generis, sustained by all hopes, strengths, weaknesses and grievances of an emergent body politic.”
Its People, Dreams and Quest for Progress
The annual Gakit Festival is an event that happens a day before its Founding Anniversary (November 20). It is a symbol of reverence to Our Creator for the gifts of nature and life. It tells stories of our beginnings, of how and what we have become, and our dreams and hopes. And why we should keep sailing and going places with the part of every Bayabasnon who does not forget that this journey, and our bright future and of our children’s, happen because we are children of those who till the land, and brave the waves and the ocean.
Bayabas may be the smallest in the whole region, with a land area of approximately 11,784 kms. Smallest also in population, in internal revenue allotment from the national government, and in our local income. But now we learned not to dwell on the thought of being small, because our desires and visions are greater. Bayabas is afraid no more to cross the bridges, swim the ocean, climb every mountain, and walk the million miles just to ensure beautiful tomorrow of our children. We continue leading the path that our forefathers and past leaders dreamt for us.
Despite its tininess, Bayabas continues to struggle, grow, bear fruits, and yes, thrive. It prides itself on noble and humble lives of fishermen, farmers, carpenters, laborers, professionals, businessmen, volunteers and different sectoral groups. They continue to build a resilient community with empowered people.
Its quest for prosperity may be a little slow in coming. But opportunities, commitment and actions continue to provide roads and chances for the socio-economic advancement of the town and its people. It continues to build tangible symbols in order to justify, convincingly, its reason of existence.
By Author Maria Clarita Garcia Limbaro