Guinhaya-an, the present official of the barangay, has some historical significance and derivation. It was derived from the vernacular “guinhayn-an” which meant, people were laid down dead on the ground. The mass killing of the people of the barangay happened during the Moro piracy. Severni Moro vintas anchored on the shore during the night unnoticed by the peoplace. The moro pirate penetrated this barangay. The penetration lasted for severel hours. other occupants of this barangay ware able to evacuate to the nearby sites, but several persons were unaware and were killed. After the Moro pirate were able to get the people’s treasure that left, they set sailed out of the bay. Evaccuees from the nearby hills returned to their houses. Not far from their houses, they found several Visayan and Aetas lying dead or “guinhaya”(in the local dialect) on the very place where the barangay in now situated. from then on to the present, the people of the barangay and nieghboring barangays called this place “Guinhaya-an” instead of “Bagto” the past name.
The date of establishment of the barangay was sometimes in the year 1870.
Facts about Former Names
Past and present records reveal that Guinhaya-an is only a sitio included within the territorial jurisdiction of Barrio Punta. Because of the favorable location and rapidly growing population, the Sitio separated from Punta Formerly, it use called “bagto”. This name was derived from a vernacular name “Bagto”, a very usefull growing plant which were at one time growing abundantly everywhere, right in the place where the barangay is now situated. However, this useful plant is no longer abundant novadays because people eut down and best then, and replaced other plants such as coconuts, bananas, bamboo and other useful plants.