Naatang is a barangay located on the eastern coast of the
Municipality of Jagna, Bohol. It is exactly 5 kilometers from the town proper,
it lies almost halfway between the towns of Jagna and Duero, Bohol.
It got its name from the word “ATANG” meaning
an ambush that happened during the Spanish time. Rampant maltreatment, slavery
and torture of the inhabitants by the rulers were visible during this era.
Because of its proximity to the hinterland, it was made a place of refuge by
the “insurrectos” (insurgents) due to
lush vegetation and forest cover, which was suited for camouflage. It is said
that the Filipino soldiers known as insurrectos
had no match to fight against the powerful Spaniards. Irked by the treatment
accorded by the Spaniards, the insurrectos
gathered and planned an ambush to the Spanish soldiers.
One night, when the Spaniards roamed and patrolled
from Mambool, Duero to the highway proceeding to the town of Jagna, the insurrectos in the nearby barangay of
Alejawan made an “ali” meaning
blockade to the Spanish soldiers. A fierce and bloody encounter occurred
between the two groups. Sensing a strong force of bolos and spears of the
insurgents, the Spaniards fled and escaped towards Naatang. But when they
reached the place, a surprise attack ensued. The natives of the place made an “atang” and the courage and strength of
the insurrectos were tested. The air
was filled with black smoke, blood and lifeless bodies scattered around the
place. Many men had been killed and many others wounded.
During the Spanish occupation, a small school
building was created. Spanish was taught to the children. One of the teachers
was Santiago Acedo. They used banana leaves for paper and coconut midribs for pencil
to learn writing in school. Sometimes charcoals were used to write on the
pieces of boards.
After the World War 2, when classes were
reorganized, a Parent-Teacher Association was formed in Naatang Elementary
School. This organization repaired the school and constructed temporary home
economics building, out of light materials such as bamboos, nipas, etc.
The original families of Naatang were the Aceberos,
Sajulans, Galleras, Baillos and Galgos.
The following were the past and present tenientes:
People empowerment and unity to achieve progress and total
development; clean, peaceful and bountiful place to live in.
unite, believe in our strength and capacity, be self-reliant and resourceful,
embrace new electoral form of politics to achieve good governance, instill in
us the importance of ecological balance and adapt new technologies for economic