The Barangay Rawis was created by the Virtue of Rep. Act No. 3590, as amended by Rep. Act No. 5676 and by Pres. Decree No. 431 dated June, 1972 before the Declaration of Martial law, the role of military over the civilian authority. Before become Rawis, there were different stories why the word “KARAWISAN” become Rawis. One such story is said to be that Rawis was known earlier as “karawisan” owing to the curve of the coastal area of the Barangay likened to “kalawit” or “karawis”. Another story is that of the Barangay got its name from the sound of the wind if it pass the barangay unknown to many, as the old tale is told, that Rawis was full of bamboo grass then that if the wind passes through it creates a hissing sound that can be heard in the nearby places, the earning its name “lawiswis” meaning whispers of the of the wind which is turned mutated to Rawis. Other said that the place earned its monikers from a plant that grows on its beaches known as Parawis, whatever was the origin of the name, the same cannot be known with absolute surety as there is neither record to speak of or a tale believable enough to be considered as history. The author and the rest of the Kabataang Barangay Officials exerted all its effort to find the truth, interviewed old people with its golden wisdom and even those in their young age who had tried to come up with “Rawis” historical fact but all came up with different version. Like all others…it is folklore…a myth, and will remain as a mystery forever.
Rawis before; there are 3 sitio, the one Sitio is called the “PULO” or is very well known as “DUPAKS”, it is near the seashore were there are plantation of “pandan”, “lagundi”, and “Kadena de amor” because the water during that time is one kilometer away from the land. According to the stories of the first family named Albino Isidoro, the first Tenyente Del Barrio are, Clemente Romero, Sr., Pablito Romero, the late Taton Romero at Inocentes Tablizo and other family member and we considered as our guide in our progress.
Another sitio called “Fatima” because of the small chapel with our Patron Saint Our Lady of Fatima, it is also a place of growing “pandan”, “lagundi”, “kadena de Amor” and bamboo. Because of “bayanihan” (one of the Filipino traits which means cooperative endeavor) and a strong leadership of youth ( Jovenes) in the Barangay, they build a chapel that until now have been devoted by the people of the place. And the first families in this sitio are Zosimo Sarmiento, Generoso S. Molina Sr., Nicolas Sarmiento at the late of family Villafuerte.
And they said that the center of Barangay Rawis was called “Pusod” (midpoint). In this area rises the Church of Patron Saint Divino Rostro through the spirit of “Bayanihan” in leadership of Tenyente del Barrio, Albino Isidoro. The first church was destroyed by a typhoon because it is only made up of wooden materials and builds near the sea. The elders said that the Patron saint seen walking throughout the barangay asking for help to rebuild and fix his destructed holy home. From that time the new and more resilient church was built which served as the center of Catholic devotion. The people who helped to build the church are the following skilled carpenters; late Demetrio Tadoy, Dandoy Tablizo, Aurelio Tabirara, Aurelio Tablizo, Gimbo Isidoro, Clemente Romero, Inocentes Tablizo, Taton Tablizo, Zosimo Sarmiento, Hilario Tubalinal. Pablito Romero with the help of their wives and children. The strong foundation of the church was made up of “gasang” (Corals), egg white and limestone.