History of Poro

Poro, Camotes Islands



Beloved memoir of living past, Tagbo is the cornerstone form which this great municipality had sprung with rich of cultural heritage and deep spiritual values. Tagbo is a very significant event precluding to the birth of town very dear to the hearts of her sons and daughters. A great town however, can only be a collective achievement. It builds on people, essentially for GOD and its people’s sake. This is the story of TAGBO our heritage our history.

As it came to be, the early Spanish conquistadors stumbled upon an island found that there was an existing settlement there. They allegedly named that place Poro mispronouncing the word “pulo” as the natives called it there. Nonetheless it was and still a beautiful island, historically the oldest among the three towns comprising what is now known as “THE CAMOTES”. Looking back at the town at the turn of the 18th century, the people of Poro was divided into two tribes. One group mainly farmers were from Sitio Tag-Anito (now TUDELA) in the east while their arch rivals mostly fishermen were settled in Sitio Mactang now a sitio in Brgy. Esperanza in the western side.

By the order of the Spanish governor of Cebu to unite Christian tribes particularly in the islands for the purpose of enforcing unity in military strength against courageous. Tag-Anito people although fewer in number however did not want to conciliate without a fight. It was then agreed by the leaders of both groups to set themselves for battle the purpose of which was for the stronger group to take over and dominate the weaker. They agreed upon sitio MALBOG (now Libertad to be their battleground. The time for battle arrived and in the noon of December 15, 1701 fully geared and armed the two warning tribes me and fought against each other. Along the river met of Sitio MALBOG there lived a giant of a man yet gentle and wise by the name of PANGANURON. Having witnessed what was taking place. He peacefully intervened in the hostile confrontation. With his counsel and wisdom he was able to stop the violence as he cited to them the advantages of being united in physical strength and spiritual intentions against a common enemy the moros. The people listened and adhered to PANGANURON words in effect the two tribes agreed to meet again the following week for the sole purpose of making peace and to finally united as one people.

At PANGANURON’s suggestion each tribe shall rise at the same instant as the sun rises and shall proceed towards the direction of each other until they are at a point where they converge. This meeting point becomes the location of the town newly-united people are going to build. On that fateful day, PANGANURON wisely stood ground at the exact point where the TAG-ANITO and MACTANG tribes meet for the second time. Both groups covered approximately eight (8) kilometers to the meeting site. As they brought along food and drinks so that this second encounter become a celebration of sorts a celebration of peace and unity. Immediately the assembly of people cleared the ground and made a space for the building of a chapel.

The following day which was Sunday they all prayed the rosary honoring the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY and giving thanks to the LORD ALMIGHTY for enlightening them towards unity and peace. They also honored PANGANURON for the wisdom he shared effecting this eventually. Since then the people gathered every Monday to continue building the foundation of their newly built town PORO. The people settled and the town came to be what has been framed is still here for us to see in all its nobility ever since its official recognition as a municipality of the province of Cebu on the 16th of January 1780. It has become a town of courageous hard working religiously committed and most of all peace loving people as its citizens are attributed and proud to be. And for all the essence and glory of its past. Tagbo was always will be a cherished memoir of a commitment that was as PORO’s sons and daughters we can stand proud.

May F.B.M. Culango
History taken from
Mga Mutya Sa Handumanan sa
Akong Lungsod Nga Natawhan, Poro
By: Don Filomeno Sosmeña

credits to: http://www.poro.gov.ph/about-poro/