Santo Domingo was formerly known as Tibág (either “steep gorge” or “crumbled earth, rocks etc” or “landslide area on the mountain side or riverside,” or colloquially, “demolition.”) At present, a sitio named tibag is located in the boundary of San Jose and Sto. Domingo near the Sapang Balen Creek, also running parallel along the old railroad. It is a popular squatting area for newcomers in the city.
The place was named after the Sto. Domingo De Guzman, A Patron Saint believed to have shown a miracle to the Couple (THE DE GUZMAN) who brought his image with them when they migrated to the place, have asked him for help during the war.
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