Barangay Bolbok

Barangay Officials
Wilfredo G. Ocampo Punong Barangay
Raymund B. Leyesa Brgy. Kagawad
Sandra D. Mendoza Brgy. Kagawad
Maricris I. Acosta Brgy. Kagawad
Jorge B. Almarez Brgy. Kagawad
Bobby A. Macatangay Brgy. Kagawad
Estelita M. Baliwag Brgy. Kagawad
Victorino M. Clanor Brgy. Kagawad
Jaime L. Suarez Brgy. Secretary
Majay-Lyn M. Escritor Brgy. Treasurer

 

 

Physical & Demographic Characteristics
Land Area (has) : 249.4780
Population 2015 (PSA) :
13,270
Classification
URBAN
Number of Purok/Sitios : 7
Boundaries : North - Banaba South
South - Calicanto & Sta. Clara
West - Sta. Rita Karsada
East - Alangilan & Kumintang

 

 

Other Information
 
History records no other name for this place other than Bolbok. Stories behind it proved to be doubtful as to make sure the reality of events that took place. It is only the legendary origin which serves as the basis and foundation of the old folks to call this barrio “Bolbok".

Hundred years ago the inhabited portion of this place was so far from the spring which was the main source of water supply here. There once lived a mother with a baby child, who in great need of water, was forced to leave her baby child just to fetch water from that spring. Carrying her earthen jar, she hurriedly set on her foot to the place. After a long walk, she preached the spring, filled the jar with water and hurriedly went home, thinking of the baby child she had left alone. Unfortunately, she slipped over the sprouted root of a tree which caused the water in the jar to spill on the ground. The mother wept in despair, thinking that if she will return to the spring it will take a long time before she reach home and her poor little child was all alone. She wept over the spilled water and without knowing it, she had knelt on the ground, where the water has spilled. To her surprise water began to spring out from the spot where the water from the jar had spilled out. Water began to flow until it became a spring. She hurriedly filled the jar with water springing from the ground. On her way home, she continuously uttered the sudden flow of water which if translated in Tagalog will run this way “Pagbulbok ng tubig". This phrase became a by-word expression of the people until such place was named, "Bolbok" taken from the springing of water from the ground where the water from the jar had spilled out.
    
Presently, the barrio of Bolbok is divided into three sitios - Bolbok East, Bolbok Central, and Bolbok West. In every sitio there are inhabited portions which bear the names Rimas, Pulo or "Quezon City", Kawong and gunaw. These are more titles or captions given by the dwellers of such portions. The titles themselves suggest why such portions were given such names. The portion which bears the name "Gunaw" got such title from the spring called Gunaw Spring.


The first known lineage were the family of Baliwag, Sumanga,  Aldover, Ilagan, Magtibay, Acosta, and Espino.

    
The progressive barrio of Bolbok had been headed by honorable tenientes del barrio which is popularly known today as barrio captain. Their line- up according to their terms of office is as follows:

1. Florencio Sumanga…(date of term of office unknown)
2. Pablo Magtibay………(date of term of office unknown)
3. Patricio Sumanga……(date of term of office unknown)
4. Melecio Ilagan…………(date of term of office unknown)
5. Faustino Zaraspe………(date of term of office unknown)
6. Agripino Espino…………(date of term of office unknown)
7. Agapito Acosta…………(date of term of office unknown)
8. Ireneo Atienza…………(date of term of office unknown)
9. Ruperto Aldover……… 1960-1967
10. Eleuterio Baliwag…… 1968-1969
11. Ruperto Aldover……… 1970-1971

This barrio has no historical buildings or sites, however, the branches of bureau of Animal Industries and Bureau of Plant industries as well as the Batangas City Cemetery occupy a prominent site in the barrio at present. Two of the well known subdivisions are located here and namely: Lourdes subdivision and Sto. Niño Subdivision.

Unlike in other places, no colorful historical events took place here. Events that took place during the Spanish regime were merely ordinary ones. During the Japanese period, this barrio became the sheltering place of the inhabitants of Batangas City. The Japanese soldiers built their camp in the barrio school here, and so did the American during their time.

The people belong to two religious sects namely: Roman Catholic and Iglesia ni Kristo. Differences in religion did not affect the unity and cooperation existing among them. They are still the over happy and cooperative barrio folks, willing to join their hands for the improvement of the barrio. They hold their fiesta annually, possibly during May or June, in honor of their patron saints.

Taking a keener glance at the barrio of Bolbok, one could probably detect that it is on its way towards greater progress and success.