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La Trenchera: Alaminos, Laguna

Posted in Balikbayan Stuff with tags , , on March 19, 2010 by Leonard

You must turn right after climbing a long winding road from Calauan and reaching San Pablo to reach Alaminos. Alaminos is a small community lying on a plain, west of San Pablo de los Montes. It used to be a barrio of San Pablo, which then belonged to the Province of Batangas. The prairie community used to be a bamboo grove. A thorny variety of bamboo grows here profusely. It serves as a natural defense. Residents however feel unsecured because its location, at the easternmost end of Batangas, amidst a thick forest is a perfect hideaway for bandits. They roam all around, marauding villagers.

To protect themselves, they dug trenches around the village. Hence it was called “La Trenchera,” which means “the trenches” or bunker.
From a small community of Batangeños, La Trenchera grew to become a prosperous agricultural village. In 1873, prominent citizens felt their capability for self-sufficiency. The desire to breakaway from San Pablo and govern their own community grew stronger day by day.

Don Cirilo Baylon (a.k.a. Cabezang Eloy), the Spanish speaking Cabeza de Barangay of La Trenchera, took the opportunity of an inspection tour of San Pablo, conducted by Alcalde Mayor Juan Vivara de Alaminos. Here he led local residents to present a petition requesting La Trenchera to be independent from San Pablo and proclaim it a town. He then invited the alcalde mayor to visit La Trenchera. Vivara accepted the invitation. Residents of the village gave the alcalde mayor a grand welcome in La Trenchera. The beautiful sister of Cabezang Eloy presented him a bouquet of flowers and handed him the written petition requesting for the conversion of La Trenchera into a town renamed Alaminos, in honor of the alcalde mayor. The alcaldia chief executive was deeply flattered and promised to present the petition to the Governador-General in Malacañang

Two months later, the Governor y Capitan General granted the request. Alcalde Mayor Juan Vivara de Alaminos read the proclamation at a banquet given him by the residents of La Trenchera, which is now Alaminos.
The alcalde mayor appointed Cabezang Eloy as interim Gobernadorcillo and Capitan Constables del Pueblo.

After the revolution, the self-declared republic of Aguinaldo, and the brief Fil-American war, citizens of Alaminos again lived in peace. The American proclaimed government installed Don Nicomedez Flores, Municipal president of Alaminos. Rafael Baylon succeeded him in 1903 before Alaminos again become a barrio of San Pablo, which at this time is a town of Laguna.

In 1908, Alaminos regained its status as a town, but this time of the Province of Laguna. Don Nicomedes Flores also retained his position as Municipal President until 1909. The people of Alaminos reelected him to continue his term of office until 1913.