PLACES are usually named in so many unique ways and for so many equally unique reasons. Some are named because of the abundance of a certain plant or tree in the area. Some are named because of the abundance of a certain plant or tree in the area. Some are named for its shape and some got their names form memorable events that occurred way back in the distant past.
There are indeed so many reasons as one of these is the naming of Barangay Marangog, a small Barangay located naming of Barangay Marangog, a small Barangay located somewhere in the southeastern part and only around six (6) kilometers from the town proper of Bogo in northern Cebu province.
It was told that there once was a brook that ran across or traversed practically the whole length of the Barangay. It is believed that somewhere in the middle portion of this brook, the present well called “TABAY SA TUNGA” which is “WELL IN THE MIDDLE” is located. On this brook abound so many shiny and slimy and slippery stones on which one can easily slip or slide if he is not careful with his steps. Many were said to have a broken their noses or some bones in their bodies due to many slipping or sliding incidents caused by the said stones. Because of this, the place was first called “MADANGOG” which means “SLIPPERY” in English.
Meanwhile, the prominent well of Madangog is known until now to have a very strong water source called “TUBOD” or “TINUBDAN” in vernacular. This invited the curiosity of one Japanese water expert to investigate. Arriving in the Barangay, he asked for its name. He told the name is MADANGOG which he can only pronounce as MARANGOG. The inhabitants of the Barangay found it fun to continuously imitate the wrong pronunciation of the Japanese until the name became permanently attached to the place. Thus, the place is now officially called “MARANGOG”.