Talakag, Bukidnon :
Talakag is a 1st class municipality in the Province of Bukidnon, Philippines. According to the Population Commission 2007 census data, it has a population density of 54,000+/- people and 8,342 households based on Population Commission 2000 census data.
Origin of its Name:
Early settlers are nomadic in nature. They settled in one places to another to find for subsistence. These nomadic tribe drifted and moved down South of Bukidnon. Until finally, they settled in a place that correspond to their needs. They settled along a riverbank where wild Malayan Trees called “Balangas” grew abundantly, (now popularly known as Rambutan – Nephelium lappaceum of the Sapindaceae Family). Because the Tribe was so fanatic to these Balangas Trees, they decided to name the place as there final settlement, they called it as “Kabalangasan”-meaning, lots of Balangas Trees or Rambutan Trees. And this was the original name of now known as the Municipality of Talakag.
As time passes by, most often places are influenced and affected by events that evolved around it. Aside from Kabalangasan settlement, there was another settlement that thrived further down south called “Dagundalahon”. These tribes of both settlement area, were jovial. Because of this jovial relationship, they even hold social gatherings like “Kaamulan and Kaliga” and other forms of warm and social get-together to satisfy their idiosyncrasies often with paganic undertones.
This relationship did not continue. The harmonious relationship between these two tribes did not prosper anymore, and as consequences, they turned-out as rivals and the worst they became enemies. The root cause was the intense rivalry of men / warriors over beautiful and alluring women from either side. As a result, ambush, kidnappings and to some extent even killings were accounted for because of this rivalry.
The Kabalangasan tribesmen were more daring and aggressive. They ventured into a “go-chase-kidnap” tactics, preying the women of the Dagundalahon tribe. Because of this tactics, the hilltribes in Dagundalahon renamed “Kabalangasan” to TALAKAG. The etymology of which came from a Visayan dialect – LAKAG, meaning “to chase” or “follow in pursuit” and added a prefix “TA” denoting “fondness in doing such”. In other words, Talakag means, “fondness in chasing” or “fondness in giving pursuit”.
Hence, the settlement that was previously known as Kabalangasan was renamed as “Talakag”, while the creek traversing alongside the place retained the name Kabalangasan.
Municipality of Talakag is politically subdivided into 29 barangays.
Santo Niño (Lumbayawa)
Barangay 1 (Pob.)
Barangay 2 (Pob.)
Barangay 3 (Pob.)
Barangay 4 (Pob.)
Barangay 5 (Pob.)
The official Seal of Talakag :