"Taytay Na !" Taytay by drunkenmaster4
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The historical Taytay. As most of the Rizal town's nomenclature folklore, Taytay is not spared of the Spanish- indio mis-conversation as the origin of its name. According to legends, a spanish soldier who first set foot on the location asked a boy for the name of the place. Not understanding the language, the boy called for his father- "Tatay" in the local tongue. Thus the spanish declaration of the name Taytay. But I would tend to believe more on the un-holy version, of the boy who uttered "Ta-tae na!" which led to the name Taytay. (Ta-tae na means going to poo-poo).
Here's the official history of the town (my anotations on parenthesis):
Taytay is an old community once ruled by a chieftain and his wife (yes this is the official historical version- otherwise, they will declare here- chieftain and his mistress) who resided in Namayan, now Sta. Ana, Manila, before the Spaniards came (talk about properties as far as the eyes can see). In 1571, Fray Alonzo de Alvarado of Villalobos expedition came to the place to preach the gospel of Christ to the inhabitants (the same excuse). Eight years later, in 1579, the Franciscan missionaries arrived and the village was placed under their ecclesiastical jurisdiction. The Jesuits took over the spiritual work in 1591. By 1597, Taytay had about 400 families divided into four barangays. Because of floods caused by the overflowing of the lake, the families transferred to the higher sections of the village, which is now the present site of the town (and now we are reclaiming back this rejected place- seriously, artifacts can be excavated on the old site- sadly, there are no archeologist in Taytay duh!).
Taytay was part of the province of Tondo until 1853 when it was incorporated with the newly created Distrito de los Montes de San Mateo later named Distrito Politico-Militar de Morong (I wonder how they get their cedulas in the olden days- 1 week just to go to Tondo by foot). In 1898, the town joined the revolutionary government of Emilio Aguinaldo (no prominent names, maybe Taytay folks serves as the disposable soldiers you see in the movies). The following year, it fell into the hands of the Americans. Later, it was incorporated with the newly created province of Rizal. In 1903, it was consolidated with the Angono and Cainta, with Angono as the seat of the municipal government. Finally, in 1913 Taytay became an independent municipality (The Angono mayor during that time is a poor negotiator, today Angono is the smallest town in Rizal).
Geometrically, the shape of Taytay is rectangular (Talk about scientifically dividing the town)– trapezoidal with gently hilly rolling terrain on its eastern side while relatively flat on its southwestern side, including the poblacion. The municipality’s highest elevation ranges from 200 to 255 meters which is situated along the inner north-eastern hills of Barangay Dolores, alongside the Antipolo Boundary. Its lowest points are from 5 to 20 meters along the southern portion of Barangay San Juan and Muzon towards Laguna Lake.
The municipality is principally drained by southwest trending rivers such as Taytay River, Panghulo River, and Napindan Channel, all of which empties into Laguna Lake. Taytay River flows across Barangays Dolores and San Isidro and joins Antipolo River (present course of Manggahan Floodway) as it passes through the southern end of Barangays Sta. Ana and San Juan. Panghulo River snakes its way from upper Taytay across Barangay San Juan towards the southern portion of Barangay Muzon. Napindan Channel crosses the southern boundaries of Barangay Sta. Ana and San Juan as it empties into Laguna Lake. Bangiad Creek, found at the southeastern limits of the municipality, flows southwest ward across Barangay Muzon, extending toward Laguna Lake.
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