Long time ago, the whole of Kapangan was a virgin forest and abundant with wildlife, thus people from the northern and eastern part of Benguet made it their hunting ground. One time, a hunter from the East by the name of Anawan, while following his hunting dog, came upon a spring. After drinking freshwater from the spring, he surveyed the surroundings and decided that it was an ideal place to build a home. Anawan went home and told his family about the place that he had found. His wife was reluctant to transfer but he was able to convince her and so with their two sons and a daughter, they packed their belongings and made a long journey back to their newfound place. They build a comfortable house and made kaingin to produce enough food for themselves.

Wild life was bountiful, thus, the family lived comfortably and contented. To protect themselves from intruders and wild animals, they built fortress around the house.

As time passed by, other hunters and friends of Anawan came to visit him and at the same time gathered barks of the Cuba Tree, which was abundant in this forest. These barks are made into G-strings worn by men. In the Kankana-ey dialect, Cuba means G-strings. The place was well known for its abundance of the Cuba Tree and it came to pass that the place was named Cuba after the Cuba Tree.

Origin

According to History, the people of the Barangay migrated from Tinoc, Buguias. They were referred to as “Tacdang” because they came from the direction of the rising sun. Some were believed to have migrated from Bontoc. They migrated into this place as hunters. They passed through Buguias, then Naguey in Atok and reached Amburayan River where they built their first settlements, they built their houses along the creeks and mostly near the source of water. They lived by kaingin system, planting camote, gabi, corn and other root crops taken from the forest.

A. GEOGRAPHIC DATA

Land Area:

Barangay Cuba is situated about 44 kilometers away from Baguio City, 35 kilometers away from Benguet Provincial Capitol and 8 kilometers away from the Kapangan Municipal Hall at Lomon.

Number of Sitios: 6

Name of Sitios:

1) Bocao

2) Ca-ew

3) Cuba Proper

4) Gambang

5) Malagyao

6) Nalbengan

Boundaries:

Barangay Cuba is bounded at the North by Barangay Balakbak, at the East by Barangay Boklaoan, at the South by Barangay Tabaao, and at the West by Barangay Pudong.

Terrain:

Barangay Cuba is generally characterized by hilly to mountainous areas having slopes ranging from 18- 30% and rough mountainous areas with an approximate slopes ranging from 31-100%. It has a maximum elevation of 800 meters above sea level.

Climate:

In Barangay Cuba, Dry Season was from November to April while Wet Season as from May to October.

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