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Distance from the City Proper 55.12 km
Political District District II
Historical Background

Once upon a time there was a certain Aling Tendeng in this mountainous place. Aling Tendeng was a weaver. She had a nipa hut beside the pandan/baliw plant near the spring (Pandan/baliw is a kind of plant with big leaves that can be weaved into raw mat, hat and bag/bayong). She used to come in the nipa hut to dry and weave mat and every time she came, she's bringing with her red squash. When she cooked, she scattered the seeds everywhere, until the time came the seeds she scattered had grown.

In 1920's, Matias Salazar and his friends came to hunt for wildlife animals. They saw widely spread in the area many red squash. They named this place as Rancho Calabasa or ranch of red squash. From time to time though, the word Rancho has already been omitted.

Barangay Calabasa is composed of 17 sitios with 7 puroks.


Agricultural land is the dominant land use. The area is surrounded by coconut trees and other fruit trees. This area is also abundant with bananas which serve as the best resort to augment family income. The main source of income is farming. The climate has no distinct seasons; relatively dry from November to Apri; and wet season for the rest of theyear.

Roman Catholic is the predominant religion in the area, followed by Muslims and Protestants.

Barangay Fiesta March 19
Total Population (2007 Census) 2,657
Number of Households 497
Punong Barangay Joselino D.R. Falcasantos
Barangay Kagawad Expedito F. Rebollos, Jr.
Arpin A. Ujajun
Alan P. Abelido
Miriam S. Barail
Ramlie I. Potoh
Araji S. Sagumayan
Gerry V. Cabucos
Secretary Marissa D.M. Morados
Treasurer Zenaida P. Benito