H I S T O R Y
During the Spanish domination, more than one hundred years ago our barrio did not have any name. It was a lonely place with only very few people residing. The houses were far from each other and what was considered to be the closest neighbor was one whose house was built 300 meters away.
According to the oldest resident in the barangay, Olalia Tomarong Canillo commonly known as “Inse Olay” who is already 122 years old this time (1872-1994) her grandfather planted a tree near an old well. This well was the only source of water in the place. It’s cold fresh water caught everybody’s attention even those who have tasted it for the first time. The longest drought experienced by the people did not cause its water level to decrease much because of the generous spring underneath.
The tree planted by the side of the well grew to an enormous size so that the residents begun to marvel at it because of the unique characteristics that the tree possessed. The compound leaves were dark green and resembled that of an Acacia. During the flowering season, the tree produced white buds which gradually turned yellow when in full bloom. Owing to its height and thick leaves, this black hardwood tree shaded the well and its vicinity thus producing a cool atmosphere. Many would spend a day washing clothes a little distance from the well.
An old woman accounted that an unexpected incident occurred one day, two young ladies were found dead near the tree for unknown reason and nobody dared to investigate the matter for fear that the unseen spirits living in the big tree will inflict punishment upon the the people in the barangay.
Even with mysterious events taking place, the people continued to draw water from it because it was the only existing well at that time. Whenever one was asked where the water was drawn from, the answer is always one, “ To The Alawihao Well”, a name derived from the “Giant” Alawihao tree. As timed passed, its name got shorter until the barangay was popularly called “Awihao”.
The “mighty tree” had its end when a super typhoon struck Central Visayas in the 1940’s. It was uprooted and was later cut by the residents to be used as firewood for cooking. What is left in the scene this time is the old and mossy Alawihao well. The people are beginning to abandon it because of the presence of the water system in the barangay.