How Salay got its name…
By: Prof. Jay Rome O. de los Santos (MSU-IIT, College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) History Department)

(An excerpt from “Understanding Place Names: A Glimpse on the History of Salay, Misamis Oriental”)

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The derivation of the word Salay can be gleaned from the story of the early settlers in the place looking for sigay or shell. Accordingly, there was a group of natives known as the Higaunon people who were wandering along the coastal area in search for shell (also known as sigay among the natives) and other marine resources. When the natives were busy looking and collecting shells, unexpectedly, white men (referring to the Spanish soldiers) appeared and landed in the area. Natives were apparently asked by the white men about the name of the place. Thinking that the white men were asking for what were they looking, in response, the natives answered “sigay.” With this, white men recorded sigay as the name of the place. The word sigay eventually became Salay in the course of time. continue reading: How Salay got its Name


Brief History of Salay
By: Prof. Jay Rome O. de los Santos (MSU-IIT, College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) History Department)

(An excerpt from “History of Salay: From Text and Memory”)

Pre-colonial

The peopling of Salay was attributed to the Higaunon tribe. Casulog River was said to be the first settlement established by the Higaunon. The area along what is now Barangay Looc was also deemed as an early settlement founded by Higaunon due to its arable land and accessibility to water which is of great importance to their survival. The location of their settlement reflected the kind of economic custom they adopted. Thus farming, fishing, hunting and food gathering were the major sources of their livelihood.

     Later on, the arrival of migrant settlers and the expansion of the frontiers of evangelization resulted to the Higaunon’s either conversion to Christian faith or departure to their territory towards the mountains as they refused to be converted. continue reading: Brief History of Salay


Political Leaders

 

1920 – 1922 Quirico Soldevilla appointed as First Municipal President
1922 – 1925 Quirico Soldevilla won the first Municipal election
1925 – 1928 Ignacio Botardo was elected Municipal President
1928 – 1931 Edilberto Salvaña was elected Municipal President
1931 – 1934 Ignacio Botardo was elected Municipal President
1934 – 1937 Ignacio Botardo was reelected Municipal President
1937 – 1940 Edilberto Salvaña was elected Municipal Mayor
1940 Edilberto Salvaña was reelected
1942 – 1945 Cayetano Capistrano assumed as Mayor when Salvana took his leave

Col. Pedro Collado – First Regimental Commander

Capt. Luz – Second Regimental Commander

Major Rosauro Dongallo – Third Regimental Commander

1946 – 1947 Edilberto Salvaña resumed his office
1947 – 1950 Dimmas Abejero was elected Municipal Mayor
1950 – 1951 Cayetano Capistrano succeeded Mayor Abejero who resigned
1952 – April 1953 Cayetano Capistrano was elected Municipal Mayor
April 1953 – December 1953 Rodrigo Zagado succeeded Capistrano who temporarily suspended
1954 – 1955 Cayetano Capistrano resumed his office
1956 – 1959 Gerardo Roa  was elected Municipal Mayor
1960 – November 1960 Gerardo Roa was reelected
1960 – 1963 Lucresio Vasallo succeeded Roa who died in 1960
1964 – 1967 Cayetano Capistrano was elected Municipal Mayor
1968 – 1979 Cayetano Capistrano was reelected
1976 – 1986 Precioso Tacandong appointed by Sec. Roa
February 1986 Cayetano Capistrano assumed his office
November 1987 – January  1988 Roque Abejuela was elected Municipal Mayor
1988 – 1992 Angelo Capistrano Sr. was appointed as OIC Municipal Mayor after the EDSA Revolution
1992 – 1995 Celso Perin was appointed as OIC Municipal Mayor
1995 – 1998 Angelo Capistrano Sr. was elected as Municipal Mayor
March 1998 Angelo Capistrano Sr. was reelected as Municipal Mayor
June 1998 Roque Abejuela assumed Office as Municipal Mayor
1998 – 2007 Vevencia Capistrano was elected as Municipal Mayor
2007 – 2016 Romeo Gue was elected as Municipal Mayor
2016 – present Angelo Capistrano Jr. present Municipal Mayor