BARANGAY DAKIT is definitely named after a tree of this name enemic to all parts of Cebu Province if not the whole country. This tree ks called “balete”in tagalog and is usually associated with demons, evil spirits, the weird, the out-of this world, and everything evil. The Cebuanos associate this tree with their local versions: “abat”, “tikbalang”, “agta”, “tao-an”, “ungo” and many other unbelievable.
The Dakit tree is characterized by its thick foliage and its trunk is made up of “overgrown” roots that appear like inter-linked pillars that give the adult tree a big-looking trunk and cave-like façade. Thus, to one who is a “believer” of evil spirits, the tree emits a very cold impression. At maturity, the tree grow roots from stems which grow downward until they reach the ground or soil and function as additional roots. When these roots mature and harden, they become part of the trunk.
One big Dakit tree once grows in Barangay Dakit before it had a name. The presence of the tree was so noticeable because it was the biggest tree in the area and the most feared especially at night. Naturally, it also became famous reference point for the place and when the Barangay had its official name, the name DAKIT was the natural choice.