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Thursday, December 19, 2019

How Guiguinto got its name


Guiguinto began as a barrio of Bulakan town, the former provincial capital of Bulacan. There are two stories how the town got its name.

  • It is said that Spaniards set up an army post in the barrio to serve as a resting place for forces gong to Northern Luzon. In those days, travel throughout Guiguinto was difficult and slow down to cross single file over a narrow bamboo bridge. Their Filipino guides would cry out, "Hinto" (stop). The Spaniards thought this was the name "Hihinto". The Spaniards substituted "Gui" (with hard "g") for the Tagalog "Hi". The place has since been called Guiguinto. 

    • On the other hand, old folks say that on moonlight nights, a golden bull emerges from the church and goes down to the nearby river to quench his thirst. It then returns to the church, ascends at the altar and disappears. The elders' aid told the local folks that there are buried jars of gold in town, (gold is "ginto" in tagalog) as indicated by the bull, and that is why the town was called Guiguinto.



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