How Talisay Got Its Name
Long ago, the Spanish administration in the Philippines when Tanauan was in the place where its barrio Ambulong is now situated, Talisay was a very insignificant barrio of that municipality. When Tanauan was moved to its present site, Talisay become a barrio of Taal. Talisay as it is now called, had no definite name. Nobody cared during those times because there were not many inhabitants in this place.
In the course of time people from Taal and Tanauan happened to reach this place and enjoyed staying in this locality. They found the place and enjoyed staying in this locality. They found the place adapted to the growth of sugarcane, rice and corn, the three most important products during those days, this discovery until Talisay was so well populated that it was necessary for the Spanish government to assign a priest to take care of the people’s religion.
A temporary building was built by the people in the center of the barrio. When the big church bell arrived, it becomes a problem for the priest to find a convenient place for it. In the place where the temporary church was built, was a big Talisay tree. The priest ordered the people to hang the bell on one of each branch.
When the big bell of the church was first rang, some people were panic-stiken. Some brave men tried to look where the sound came from. Later, they found out that it came from the big Talisay tree.
People from far and near were made to go to church on Sunday. On their way to church, when some people asked where they were going, the people simply answered, “SA MAY TALISAY”. Often time, they only answered, “Sa Talisay”. The place was closely linked with the Talisay tree in the churchyard, that when the place was made into town, it was named TALISAY.
It was year 1869 when Talisay was formally known as a Municipio or a municipality and has since been celebrating its town fiesta every February 10 of each year and in commemoration of the miraculous patron Saint San Guillermo (St. William).