…. parasapinga was here in these enduring resorts of old memories …..
During the time of limahong, the spaniards sought the help of the Merdicas, which means “people of the sea” volunteered to come to cavite to support against the new invaders.
The chinese invasion was cut short because of the gallant stand of tagalog natives, while the merdicas serving as bodyguard of the spaniards, settled in a place, first named Gala-la, after a tree similar to one in Moluccas.
Later the name was changed to Barra de Maragondon, a sandbar at the mouth of the Maragondon River.
The place is now called Ternate and the community of Merdicas continuous to broken Spanish, which came to be called Ternateño Chavacano.
Ternate was originally a sandbar formed at the mouth of the Maragondon River and popularly called Barra de Maragondon. It was swampy and densely covered with mangroves, providing a resting place for the tagalog natives of Maragondon going out to Manila Bay to fish.
In the year 1700, seven Merdica Families consisting of about 200 persons were transferred to the Barra de Maragondon from the old Bagumbayan (now Ermita), better today as Luneta, Manila, to establish their residence there.
The Merdicas were Malays from Ternate in the Moluccas Archipelago petitioned by the spanish government to come to Manila along with the Spanish garrison that was pulled out of the Island by Spanish Governor General Manrique de Lara in 1662 to reinforce their defenses in Manila.
The spanish domination of luzon was being threatened by insurrection and rebellion of the tagalog magdiwang tribes adding more was the threat of invasion by the chinese pirate-patriot Koxinga who had previously conquered Formosa from the Dutch.
To forestall the repetition of the disastrous Limahong invasion of 1574, the spanish governor-general ordered the withdrawal of spanish forces from Zamboanga and the Moluccas and concentrated them in Manila, ready to repel the Koxinga attack.
Fortunately for the spaniards in manila, the chinese warlord fell ill and died before he could make a good threat.
Under an agreement with the Spanish governor general, the Merdicas were required to provide protection against attacks by moro pirates from sulu who were long time friends of the tagalog nobility.
In return for their services they were taken to the Barra de Maragondon because of frequent moro raids in that area and to protect them from unrelenting attacks of the katagalugan warriors in manila.
The Merdicas chose as a site of their new homes a place near the mouth of the Maragondon River, calling it Gala-la, derived from the name of a tree grew there. They set up a watchtower on top of a hill which they called Mira.
Aside from fishing, the Merdicas cleared the land and tilled the soil, eventually intermarried with the natives of neighboring villages of mixed race of chinese and spanish, building up a community that grew up rapidly and expanded.
Surnames like Pereira, Estuebar, De leon, Ramos, De la Cruz, Nigoza, Aguinaldo, Lacson, Ninofranco and others including the ancestry of Rizal are the samples of families that emanated from these early marriages that led to a group called Magdalo.
Magdalo applied as a faction of the Katipunan in Cavite with a veiled intention quelling the popularity of the native tagalog clans of Magdiwang that was the base of the movement organized by Andres Bonifacio against the spanish government.
In 1850 the burgeoning Merdica population were able to build a community which became a regular pueblo or town, and they named it Ternate in memory of their ancestral birthplace in the Mollucas.
Another source says that Ternate was separated from Maragondon and became an independent municipality in 1863.
The Ternatenos speak a kind of chabacano (a sort of pidgin Spanish) which they inherited from their forefathers. They still use it as a principal means of communication among themselves. However, in writing to their relatives and friends or in conversing with strangers from other towns, they use Tagalog.
In the municipality of Ternate, there is a cove identified as Caylabne, whose name was derived from Calabuenaor “Good Bay.” Puerto Azul beach and Caylabne bay resorts are the hidden paradise in this locality which parasapinga used for rest and recreation in his younger years.