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The early known occupants of Libagon were ofBol-anon ancestry. Bol-anon, meaning fromBohol or also called Boholano. The settlers firstchosen leader of Libagon was Domingo MateoEspina. He was the son of Agustin Mateo Espinaand Francisca Barbara and the grandson ofPedro Espina of Duero, Bohol. The town ofLibagon was founded in 1845. At this point inthe history of the municipality, the barrios orbarangays under Libagon included Sogod andBontoc at the farthest North and Punta at thefarthest South.
Libagon has a century-old and well-preserved Spanish style municipalhall. The structure gives a glimpse ofthe town’s rich heritage. It isamongst Southern Leyte’s premierhistorical sites and landmarks- thepride of Southern Leyte.
The "Balwarte" where the Japanesesoldiers campduring World War II.
This is the only memorial left of theLungsod-Daan or the original location of thetown center of Libagon. It is made ofboulders or tablets of rock, limestone andgravel. This structure is made strong andformidable as a defensive fortificationagainst the Moros (Muslim) from the bigisland of Mindanao. Strategically located,the edifice is overlooking Sogod Bay and thetwo deltas of the islands of Limasawa andPanaon.
The Bulwark or Balwarte at the oldtown center is near the big rivernamed Tubig-Daku, below andadjacent to the existing cemetery. Thisis also where the Japanese soldierscamped during World War II.
During the Japanese occupation of the Philippines(1942–1945), Petronilo “Liloy” Ebarle was appointedas the Municipal Mayor from 1942-1944. However,the guerrillas alluded him as a “puppet mayor”.Though Mayor Ebarle held the Japanese-appointedposition, Mayor Gregorio E. Edillo also continued tobe the official leader under the authority of thePhilippine Commonwealth with the United States. Onthe other hand, the people also recognized thecommand of the guerrilla forces of Leyte or the LeyteArea Command under Coronel Ruperto Kangleon,and supported as well the supervision of theVolunteer Guards in the town level.
There were only two leaders of the VolunteerGuards in Libagon. The first was LieutenantFrancisco Barros, followed by Francisco “Dodo”Espina. And the only Libagonian officials of theLeyte Area Command (LAC) were LieutenantCatalino "Nongnong" E. Soledad, LieutenantFeliciano "Lily" A. Espina and LieutenantMarcelo "Celing" E. Espina, who were alsoofficers of USAFFE (U.S. Army Forces in the FarEast).
These three brave Libagonians foughtin the Battle of Bataan whichrepresented the most intense phase ofImperial Japans invasion of thePhilippines during World War II.Unfortunately, of the three brave men,only Marcelino Espina did not make itback to his hometown. His body wasleft on the battlefield of Bataan.
However, a Memorial Stone (Ang Batosa Paghandum) was built in memory ofthese heroic men of Libagon. All theirnames were engraved on granite tohonor their lives and monumentalizetheir memory and courageous deed.The Memorial Stone now stood in themidst of Libagon Rizal Park.
Like most local governments from Luzon toVisayas and Mindanao, a Rizal monument iserected to commemorate the Philippinesnational hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, regarded as theforemost Filipino patriot. The Rizal monumentstands at the Libagon Rizal Park, a significantlandmark of Libagon located strategically in themidst of the poblacion.
Ruins of Pantalan (Libagons Old Sea Port) in Brgy. Jubas
The ruins of the old pantalan or seaport stillstand along the shores of the Poblacion inJubas. Recently, the entire seacoast alongSogod Bay is transformed into a "park by thebay" also commonly referred to as theBoulevard in Jubas ideal for walks and forviewing the sunset while fishermen on theirlighted bancas or boats scatter all over the bay.This is seen most specially during peak fishseason.
Initially known as the “Libagon High School,Inc.”, the establishment basically taughtCatechism – training for the young Catholicfaithful with questions and answers about theessentials of Catholic faith and doctrine sothat they could understand easily their faith.Besides the 3 R’s (Reading, Writing andArithmetic), the Spanish language wasnormally taught at that time. Music, however,was especially instructed.
Musicians, songwriters, singers andchoirmaster were trained for the church’schoir. The same musicians completed thetown’s band that was well-known amongother bands in the province.
Uwan-uwanan falls is located in barangayKawayan, Libagon. The gorge is a world-class adventure wonder. Climbing,swimming and trekking rolled into one.It will take a two-hour trek to themountains, rappelling and climbingbamboo ladders within cascading fallsbefore you reach the top.
Uwan-uwanan, literally means “resembling arainfall” because the two-hour track entailsan enchanting encounter of an “uwan-uwanan “. And at the top, photo enthusiastsare in for a marvelous treat. At exactly 12:00noon when the sun is directly above themiddle of the narrow opening at the gorge,the natural light is awe-inspiring as itdramatically illuminates the whole arearesembling a magnificent altar in a cathedralor a place of worship.
Patag Daku, in English, means "big plain". It is certainlybig but is never quite plain. It is actually a valley sodense in vegetation that novice campers andmountaineers will never come in or out without anexperienced guide leading the way. But the trek to thevalley comes big in every way. In mountaineeringparlance, it is a major climb. Not the leisurely stroll thatone might expect, the climb is an arduous six hourjourney through a maze of trees, ferns, moss, grass andbig trees.
"Patag Daku, the mossy forest more than 500hectares of unexplored, uncharted wilderness,fraught with dangerous tales of huge snakesand wild animals." -Libagon Blogspot-
The beach in barangay Pangi is of fine black sandsusually great for swimming, hiking and ecotourism.Other black sand beaches can also be found in moreplaces than anyone thinks, like the famous black sandbeaches of Polynesia, Indonesia, Iceland, theCaribbean islands and the Punaluu Black Sand Beachin Hawaii, were created virtually instantaneously bythe violent interaction between hot lava and seawater.The suspicion of a volcano close to Libagon mayexplain the black sand beach formation in barangayPangi. But there is no exact evidence on thissuspicion as verified by the concerned agency.
Biason g Sp r i n g Biasong Spring is one of the oldest spring in Southern Leyte. It is located in the barangay of Biasong. The clear spring water is collected into a man-made basin or pool. The place is a favorite of the locals providing cool mountain spring water. A pool that has been the site of many happy occasions: birthday picnics, homecoming celebrations, etc. It has perhaps the sweetest mineral spring water in the province and most uncontaminated source.
Feast Of Our Lady of Mount CarmelFalls every July 16 in the holy year of God.
And to give thanks for the continuous gracesand guidance.. The Libagonians do community service for the preservation of the natural resources like: Coastal Clean-Up Community Clean- Up Tree Planting