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Thursday, December 19, 2019

How Calamba got its name?


Calamba takes its name from a legend set at the turn of the 16th century, during the Spanish occupation. 

Two Spanish soldiers got lost as they passed through what is presently the town of Calamba. The soldiers came across a young lady who came from the river carrying a jar of water and a clay stove. The soldiers in an authoritative tone, asked the girl in Spanish where they were. 

The lady, however, who only spoke her native dialect, thought they were inquiring about what she was carrying and uttered nervously the words “kalan-banga,” which means clay stove for “kalan” and water jar for “banga.” 

The soldiers had difficulty pronouncing it properly and called it Calamba, the town has been called Calamba since then.


The large claypot in the city plaza named CALAMBANGA is derived
 from the two words kalan and banga from which the city obtained its name.

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