Barangay Kalasungay was established in the year 1845 and is located in the northern part of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. It is just three (3) kilometers away from the City proper. The Barangay is composed of eight (8) puroks with a total land area of five thousand nine hundred sixty (5, 960) hectares. The Barangay has a total population of 8, 540 with a total no. of household of 1, 862 majority or 91% of which belong to the Bukidnon tribe (as of 2017). It is bounded on the north by Barangay Manalog and Municipality of Impasug-ong, in the south by Barangay Casisang, in the east by Barangay Sumpong and in the west by Barangay Patpat. Primary agricultural products of the Barangay are corn, sugarcane, coffee, pineapple, cash crop and forest products.
We envision Barangay Kalasungay to be an advanced and diversified infrastructure, disaster-resilient Agroforest community with highly cultured, peace and God-based tourism, safe and healthful environment influenced by employment and livelihood opportunities derived from quality education and guided by values-oriented local leaders who believe and govern with transparency and participatory procedures.
In order to protect the well-being of the people from threats of Peace and Economic insecurity, the Barangay through effective Governance shall make the most of resources to promote social justice, provide basic needs, insure proper management, and encourage food production and business investment knowing that the future lies in the struggles of today.
The Bukidnon Tribe of Kalasungay, Malaybalay had occupied an area known as “Sil-ipen”, also called “Galanarahon”. This is located in the northwest part of Barangay Kalasungay now. People built their huts within the thick “galanara” (pomelo) trees and forest trees that people who visited them had to “sil-ip” (peep) through the trunk of the trees to see the settlement.
One day, the people heard the sound of gongs. They were reminded of the activity for the day, which was “pag-amul-amul” or assembly. The people rushed to the meeting area with their carabaos as their means of transportation. In less than an hour, the majority of the people were already in the Tulugan (meeting place). They tied their carabaos to the trees surrounding the area.
While they were busy discussing things over with their Chief Datu, twigs and leaves hit them. Tey saw their carabaos were locking horns. All of them tried to stop and save their carabaos but one of the Datus was horned several times. All others were hurt. They went home banging their gongs, so their wives and children can meet them. The Mananambal, together with other members of the community tried to cure the injured, especiallu the horned Datu. Unfortunately the horned Datu died. When asked what happened, the witnessed answered:
After their revelation, the witnesses fainted but were saved by the Bylans, Mananambal, Manghihilot and Talamuhat.
After the death of the victim caused by the “kalabaw nagsungay,” illnesses occurred in Sil-ipen. Mambinayao, the prayer leader, raised his hands (ibinayao), knelt and prayedso hard. He received a message from Magbabaya for all of them to pray hard, deeper and evoke the real message of the Divine at Digemen, the holy place of the tribe. They were advised to move to different places under different leaders:
|Amay Mansikabo and
|Amay Manbalungkas and
|Amay Mantalasan and
|Amay Mansumibo and
|Amay Mansawan and
|Amay Mambinayao and
|To Malaw-ay and
They obeyed the message relayed in Digemen. They lived in the area assigned to them until they died. Their descendants continued their leadership and called the area they occupied as Kalasungay, as mandated by Magbabaya, in honor of the Datu who died because of the “kalabaw nagsungay” in time duty.
In Sil-epen, the leaders who had special skills and abilities were chosen as Datus or Leaders.