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Livelihood of the residents during the early 1930’s consisted of the following:

FISHING – abundant supply of fresh water fishes were caught in the fields, creeks and ditches, especially during “tye” months of January to April when these natural water reservoir were dry. These fishes were sold to the nearby market or peddled around the poblacion area.

WEAVING – Several housewives in the bario used to weave “patadyong” (pre-Spanish clothing item or loose skirt worn by Filipino women) and “tapis” (a single rectangular piece of cloth, one that wraps around oneself as clothing, but usually applies to a colorful hand – woven wraparound skirt which was commonly used by women) out of binorong threads. Weaving was a promising backyard industry in bario Marupit since after the war years up to early 1960’s the use of patadyong and tapis outfits was outmoded.

FARMING – Several carabaos were hauled by farmers into rice fields in order to muddy the soil for two days, in order to prepare the land for rice planting. Sometimes, carabaos were butchered, their meat was made into “tapas” (thin slices of dried meat) and their skins were also dried to make them into mats for palay drying. Neighboring farmers provided .abor to transpalnt the palay seedlings in one’s farm through bayanihan labor. When one’s farm had been transplanted, the owner would volunteer himself to do transplanting work in other’s rice fields. Farmers used “rantas” (a wooden plank dragged by a carabao to clean the fields of standing grasses, such as rimoras).

The barangay chapel was constructed in a 5 by 4 meter lot on its original site, which was expanded through the donation by Patricio Maguigad, a United States World War Veteran (USWV). In 1945, this chapel was made of homawon posts and corrugated galvanized iron for roofing and walls. Here the residents conducted their yearly barangay fiesta (originally scheduled on April 5 but recently was moved to April 30), the Sta. Cruzan and the auroras during the month of May. The chapel was also being utilized as a site for pre – school children to study their cartilla lessons.

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The public cemetery site at Barangay Marupit was also a donation to the municipal government by the Trinidad family.

During the 1950’s, most lands (80%) in Marupit were farm lots used by the residents for cultivation of rice and other vegetables for home consumption. Only 20% of land in the barangay were for residential purposes. Production of fruit trees and other crops from the yards, such as pilim santol, nangka, bananas, pomelo, carabao mango, pajo and others, were sold by the residents. Some residents were also engaged in catching fresh water fishes nerby creeks but most residents were rice farmers. Their families found other various employment opportunities as off – farm works. These included carpentry, buying and selling, contraction labor and others.

Many residents used to fetch drinking water from the aguas potables at bario San Juan. Residents had dug well inside their property were they drew water for bathing, cooking and washing. For drinking water, they filtered them through ginaras (emery cloth made of abaca fibers), or katsa cloth, while being poured into a “dulay” or “tapayan“. For toilets, they dug holes on the ground which was covered with whole bambo trunks that served as floors.

For bridges, they used “taloytoyans” (coconut trunks laid down on the ground of two banks of a creek or ditch), which rolled over when the area was flooded.

The highest recorded flood in the barrio was in 1952, during the “lima – lima” (5 days continuous rain and another five days interval) phenomenon occured. But the strongest typoon recalled by residents occured in 1915, which left not a single house standing. This typoon was said to be stronger than typoons Jean or Trix in 1954.


The name Marupit means “to be drenched with rain water” , as it comes from the verb “rupit” which means “drenched with rain water“. The natives of this place used to call this place “Marupit” because during those days, people who come to this place were always drenched with water since large portion of the area was swampy and always submerged in water, including major pathways that consisted of rice paddies, all throughout the year. The climate during those days consisted of prolonged rain season (May – December) and short dry months (January – April); hence, being drenched with water had been associated with the original name of the place.


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Barangay Marupit has a total population of 4,269 individuals, distributed among 976 households or families, in seven zones. It has a total land area of 93.9004 hectares, with a present actual land use of 193,553 sq.meters for residential 492 sq. m. for commercial uses, 11,945 sq. m. for institutional uses; 508,416 sq. meters for rice cultivation and 63,080 sq. meters as grassland and vacant areas for agricultural uses.

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Philippine Standard Time:
February 2023

          As to age distribution, there are 1,459 individuals for the age bracket of 0 – 17 years old.

          969 individuals for the age bracket of 18 – 29 years old (youth)

          1,570 individuals for the 30 – 65 years old (employable group)

          and 163 individuals belonging to the 65 years old and above (Senior Citizens), for total number of 808 individuals.

          As to gender distribution, male individuals are 1,799, and female individuals are 1,724.

           As to the number of electoral precincts, there are 12 precincts with a total of 2, 146 registered voters.