Brief History of Barangay Wacal

Wacal was once a Forest Zone within the Municipality of Lumabang (now Solano) way back in the Spanish Period roaming place of Ifugao headhunter however, in the 1890’s, there was a family who happened to seek fortune in town of Lumabang.

After a year of stage the head of family, with four able bodies sons, presented themselves to the Municipal Mayor (formerly called Kapitan) they were advice to settle on the western part of the Poblacion. They settled at the said area and found a place which is rich for agricultural purposes. As they were beginning to clean the forest (Kaingin) they saw a creek wherein different kinds of fishes are abundant. The creek have many holes wherein big fishes such as Mudfish (Dalag) and Eel (Igat). The means of catching these fishes is to insert their hands inside the holes meaning “CAWAL” in the Gaddang dialect and thus the name Wacal is derived. The first settlers were the late Macario Castillo, Tomas Castillo, Antonio Castillo and Vicente Castillo.

In the year 1901, the late Macario Valdez with the brother arrived at La Torre, and in the following year, they moved to Wacal for the Ifugao headhunters already driven out of the place, when they cleared the apportionment, they built the irrigation dam (Tanggal Mayor) at Wacal creek back in 1912 as it was the sitio. The yearly of arrival of immigrants was so rapid that they requested for a school, that was way back in the year 1929. They built their own school building and roads. Headed the late Tomas Castillo, Felix Doles, Feliciano Bimbo, Genaro Quines and Vicente Castillo, a petition is filed asking the sitio of Wacal to be declare as a barrio. Honorable Leon Cabarroguis, the governor at that time, approved the petition in the year 1931.

The Barrio situated along at the Wacal creek has a population density of 1.138 inhabitants per hectare. The inhabitants derived their income on farming and some are kaingeros.

Brgy. Wacal is aimed to have better quality of life by way of providing livelihood opportunities to its people, to give equal access to all basic services patterned and performed in accordance with the six aspects of governance coupled with unity, cooperation, love among its people to achieve more efficiently their vision of being aware, responsive to the financial, economic, social and sustainable health care towards the years there after.

Patronal Fiesta/Barangay Fiesta
1. Patronal Fiesta – March 21
2. Barangay Fiesta – April 19


List of Barangay Officials

EDGAR D. CRISTOBAL Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Appropriation  
JULIETA P. CABONITALLA Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Education  
PEPE P. PAJARILLO Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Agriculture  
FELICIANO P. ACOSTA Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Environment  
JOHNNY P. RAMOS Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Peace & Order  
REYNANTE C. VALDEZ Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Infrastructure  
JOVENCIA B. CASTILLO Sangguniang Barangay Member Chairman, Committee on Social Services