In the 18th century, a village called Binanwahan existed in the northeastern part of the present and now Barangay Lictin. Inhabitants and settlers of the village were Christians, who during those days were attacked and pillaged by non-Christians or “Moros”. The ever vigilant inhabitants have assigned lookouts near the shores of the now Barangay Palawig to forewarn the residents of the imminent danger of the invading enemies by tolling a big bell and building a smoke. When the Moros arrived one day, they were surprised to discover that the village was empty of inhabitants. They however hid and waited patiently for the villagers to come back. Soon a woman was seen coming to shore to catch fish. The Moros wittingly followed her coming back to the hiding place where a rock opening of cave was discovered by them.

The villagers who all hid inside the cave had filled its entrance with dried tree branches and twigs to conceal them and ground “sili” leaves and fruits to discourage the invaders from entering the cave.

When the invaders finally tried to enter the cave, the inhabitants burned the pile thinking that the smoke would prevent them from going inside. But the wind direction instead blew the smoke towards inside the cave which suffocated them to death.

The cave now historically named “LUYANG CAVE PARK” is a mute witness and testimony of the tragic fate of inhabitants trapped and died inside. A memorial service is yearly celebrated in memory of those who perished.

 

From http://sanandres.catanduanes.gov.ph/luyangcave/