Origin: Balic - Balic Sampaloc
What is the origin of the name of Balic-balic, Sampaloc, Manila? Their are three versions on how the hills of Sampaloc got her name.
The first version can be called the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdead-endÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â story. The long road, called Calle Balic-balic (todayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s G. Tuazon) stretches from the poblacion of Sampaloc and way up to the hills of Sampaloc which was a dead-end. People had nowhere else to go but back (balic-balic) to where they came from. We canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t be certain when Calle Balic-balic was built, but old maps of Manila circa 1890ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s shows Calle Balic-balic with the cemetery on the left side. The road continues until it meets Santol although the map shows a broken line possibly indicating that the road may not be finished.
The second version is another ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdead-endÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â story but this version echoes the time when Balic-balic Cemetery was still open for burial. In 1897, Fr. Antonio Martin de Vidales , parish priest of Sampaloc, and Fr. Emilio Gago, parish priest of San Miguel (Manila), signed an agreement whereby one-half of Balic-balic cemetery was sold to the parish of San Miguel. According to some old-timers, the residents of San Miguel had a peculiar tradition when burying their dead at Balic-balic. Apparently, the people of San Miguel showed great reluctance in parting with their beloved departed. The funeral procession was led by four people carrying the casket of the dead. Every twenty steps or so, somebody would shout ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbalicÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and the casket carries would take ten steps backwards. The ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbalicÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â sequence is repeated until somebody would shout ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œSulong.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The backward and forward choreography thus became a common site along the road the leads to Sampaloc cemetery and thus people referred to the hills where the cemetery was located as ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbalic-balic.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The third explanation comes from the Malay tradition obalicbalicleaf.jpgf naming places after plants abundant in the area. In this case, Balic-balic comes from a plant/tree with a scientific name of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPongamia Pinnata (a close cousin of the narra tree). The tree grows to a height of 15 meters and a diameter of about 45 centimeters. The flowers are purplish. and the oil from the seeds have been considered as antiseptic, cleansing, and with healing properties.