Legend

In about 16th and 17th centuries – the period when the Malay Mohammedan warriors started attacking the Western Coasts of Leyte because of piracy, there surfaced the stories about the dragon-sized snake and a legendary hero named Inong which borne out the name Inopacan.

A long time ago, write-ups of Jesuit Missionaries identified Inopacan as Canamocan, and during this period, Moro pirates have already began attacking the Western Coasts of Leyte, but were unable to penetrate the area due to a dragon-sized Snake, which protected the town folks of Canamocan.

As continuously retold by our ancestors, this large snake protected the inhabitants of Canamocan by capsizing the pirates’ boats and destroying whoever comes near its coasts. Because of the snake’s vigilance, inhabitants of Canamocan were spared from the bloody kampilan and krises of the Moros, and Moro warriors were compelled to retreat and discontinue their attacks on the village of Canamocan. This gave the people of Canamocan peace for quite some time.

After a while, the snake had vanished. Either it died a natural death or disappeared from its dwelling was not as clearly told as the story. However, a cave-like dwelling named “Bay sa Haas” (meaning house of snake) located within the shores of Barangay Tinago exists until today. And this correlated the testimony of the town folks who have passed down this story from generation to generation.

Because of the snake’s disappearance from Canamocan, the Moros recommenced attacking the village for the same intentions; but then again they were suppressed by another defender and protector from the village – this time, from a man named “Inong”.

Inong was believed to possess an amulet which gave him the strength and the power to combat hundreds or thousands of Moro warriors and which enabled him to leap highly from one place to another. His power to leap extraordinarily high made him famous as “Inong Pak-an” (or winged Inong).

According to the town folks’ tales, Inong attacked the coming pirates by jumping from one vessel to another, and attacked the Moro warriors even before they reached land, while brave locals waited in the shores of Canamocan and attacked those who were able to steer clear from Inong.

Inong’s bravery led the pirates to again retreat their fast moving vessels away from the shores. And because of this, the village was then referred to and called as Inopacan to honor the ethno-epic hero of Canamocan.