The foundation of this barrio dates back in 1764. The barrio was previously called Isla Rosa.


Maripipi Island

In the previous years, all the houses in the barrio were razed to the ground by fire, in such a way that all the residents left the place. Only after 5 years had passed that a group of settlers returned and settled in the island once again.

It was also known that in 1768 the Moros that holed-in in the sitio called Guijus of the province of Masbate, attacked and ransacked the barrio and captured its inhabitants for trade slavery. The inhabitants of Maripipi, feeling depraved caused by the ravages of the Moros, agreed to wage war against the enemy. In the sitio Awang, the inhabitants dug up a camouflage to capture the invading Moros. They killed 15 Moros and the rest ran away after the bloody fight  between the inhabitants and the attackers. In order to protect themselves from the attack of the Moros, they built a bulwark to serve as a watchtower in the sitio called Hagonoy. This bulwark was guarded by warriors, who were identified as the Kapitanes Valle, Rosanto, Toraldo, Rubic, Antonio Radam, Florentino Gahudo and Ignacio Curut.

The town was enclosed with a rough terrain. Its shores is likewise outshout by the rampaging wave of the sea in the east and northeast.

Source: Manuel Artigas y Cuerva, Resňa de la
               Provincia de Leyte
              Manila 1914, pp.306-307;317


There were bulwarks or watchtowers, and a big ditch separating the town from the shore. There were also seawalls (only a few left), and they were superior compared to the cement used nowadays proven by the destruction of the wharf. The cement used was taken from powdered burned shells and wood mixed with other ingredients.

An island town located at the northenmost part of Leyte, way back in 1860, Maripipi was a town located at Danao (present name of barrio) up to 1870. In 1871, it was transferred to Daan Bungto, 2 kilometers away from the seashore. This is located at the foot of Mr. Borobatidor, the present weather vane of Maripipi. The town was established at the site to safeguard the populace from the fierce Moros. In 1899, it became a town site and continued until the third year. It became a barrio of Kawayan in 1902-1914  for 12 years, but eventually turned back to being a town again in 1915.

Maripipi island has no recommended anchorage. Presumably, trading launches took up offshore. Its shores are clear and steep-to. Cliffs details show the shores to be approachable with at least 10 fathom depth, at a distance of more than a quarter of a mile offshore. Population of Maripipi island was 5,433. This municipality consisted of 8 coastal barrios, the largest of which was Binalayan, on the southcoast, with a population of 1,485. The Poblacion of Maripipi situated on the east shore has less than 1,000. The first Cura Paroco was Fr. Fernando Pardo in 1874-1897.

Documented Facts About Maripipi


Source: Ereccion de Pueblo de Cebu, sin pagina, Legajo No. 1:

In 1645, Maripipi was a part of Cebu. Then became a part of Carigara, an old name of Leyte in 1765. During that time, under the Jesuit Administration, there existed a baluarte made of lime and stone.


Source: Ereccion de Pueblo de Leyte, Legajo No. 2, Bk. I, National Archives:

In bishopric of Santisimo Nombre de Jesus of Cebu, there is one Cura in the city and outside the walls is that of parian of Mestizos and Sangleys: that of Barili in the same visitas of Maripipi, Panamao (now called Biliran), and Limancawayan. Visitas means a barrio with chapel or church and had acquired the status of the town because of its tributes that exceeded the required amount to be paid by a certain pueblo.


Source: Blair & Robertson - The Phillipine Island, Vol. XXI, p.193 & Vol.XXVIII, p.164:

The bishop of Cebu, Fray Pedro de Arco, asigned the Recollect for the spiritual administration of an islet and small village called Maripipi, not very far from Cebu. About six hundred souls were instructed there with great care and vigilance. The erection of the convent was accomplished by Fr. Fray Chriszostomo de la Ascension, who was