c. Milo

In 1660 a man from Buguias named Milo and his hunting dog went down following the mountain slope to chase a wild pig. Because of the distance he traversed and the hot weather and his thirst, he fainted while he was in a certain valley now Naguey. His hunting dog immediately went to search for the source of water. The do climbed a mountain where there was a lake. He submerged his tail and immediately went back to where Milo was. The dog place his tail over the lips of Milo and water dripped into his mouth. After a moment, Milo regained consciousness.

Milo found a “baguey” at his lips and instructed his dog to accompany him to the lake. He went to the mountain with his dog to see the source of water. Milo found out that there was plenty of baguey in the surrounding area. He named this place “baguey.”

He appreciated the place and said to himself: “This is a good place fo constructing rice terraces, the lake will be useful for irrigating the rice fields.” He immediately went back to Buguias, summoned his wife, and returned to Baguey where they settled near the lake.

Milo and his wife began constructing the fields by digging the soil with the use of two wooden poles with sharp pointed ends. They carried the soil with the use of “sakudiang” which was made of woven bamboo splits with two handles at each side. The walls of the terraces were made of stone taken from the river banks expertly positioned one on top of the other to keep them from falling. The stones were kept in place by fitting them close together and pounding on each while being added. They hauled the soil to the terraced portion and later leveled the ground. The paddy was readied for planting rice. When Milo and his wife begot children, their children improved the rice fields making them into bigger rows and called it “chimango” because it was a unique type of field. They built it end to end and side to side from the creek.

The early settlers made Milo’s terraces through the “adoyun” or bayanihan way of accomplishing a project. Here they had the “kammal.” They butchered animals like dogs, goats, pigs or even cows depending on the number of persons who composed the manpower to complete the work. The host had to prepare enough gabi, camote and tapey. It took them about two or more days to finish a paddy or terraces the size of about one third of a hectare.