It used to be an extensive truit orchard lorder by a huge tamarind (sampalok) tree situated at the backyard of the land-owner, a selfish stingy old woman.
One day a hungry-looking old man came and begged for a few tamarind fruit to serve as cure for his ailing grandson. But instead of yeilding to his appeal for help, the stingy selfish old woman had him driven away from the fruit orchard by her ferocious dogs. The old man was badly hurt.
Hardly an hour after the old man left, there was a thundering noise followed by the cracking of the earth. The next instant the entire orchard sank into a colossal pit which was eventually filled with water.
Henceforth, the villagers called it Lake Sampalok.
In the course of their routine patrol work, some Spanish soldiers came upon a quiet lagune and would want to know its name for record purposes. They inquired from a man husking coconuts by the side of the lake.
Thinking that the soldiers were asking for the native name of the coconut husk, the man replied: "Bunot."
The Spanish soldiers left, muttering the world "Bunot, Bunot," thinking that it was the name of their newly-discovered a lake.
A few kilometers north of the city proper was a village which had become known then for its ancient tree which had a hollow trunk. The villagers had it that on moonlight nights they could see a beautiful, red-heired lady washing her long hair with they hallow trunk serving as her wash basin. The tree was called Palakpak. These was also a river nearby where a big fish appeared each night that the beautiful lady was around. The villagers would not dare catch it, believing that it must be her pet.
One day a stranger came to the village. He tried to solve the mystery about the red-heired lady and the big fish. And so one moonlight night he waited for her appearance. Seeing the lady in her printine glory, the approached her. All of a sudden there was thunder and lightning. The earth quaked with terrible intensity, while the river swelled alamingly into a lake.
A quondum rich valley criss-crossed by rocky pathways to enable the hunters to catch up with their wild prey as well as to facilitate their homeward trek, this little lagoon is now known as Lake Kalibato.
It appeared that this rich valley used to be the domain of the Diwata who had wanted to keep her realm free from the intrusion of humankind. She did not want her wild game and her fruit trees to be molested by mortal man. Thus she was angered when they built a rocky pathway that criss-crossed her valley, so that she caused a strong earthquake and a sereve strom that transformed her valley into a lagoon.
The villagers living on the other side of the sorrounding hills, gaping at the sight they beheld the followinf morn, named it Lake Kalibato, taken from the criss-crossing pathway of the valley. (Kali must have been a corruption of the Spanish Calle or Street, while Bato means rock or stone.
The Twin Lakes: Yambo and Pandin
A very rich couple lived in a beautiful house sorrounded by an entensive friut orchard and flower garden. They had and could have anything that money could buy. However, despite the rich comport and convinience of life that they been heir to, the couple were still a lonely one. They were childless.
They had prayed continuingly that if they would be favored with a child, they would do anything that they might be asked to do. After twenty years of married life, their prayed was answered.
A fair lady showed up to inform them that their prayer would be granted provided, however, that the lady baby to be born should not be allowed to set foot on mother earth; otherwise, something terrible would befall the family.
A daughter was born to the rejoicing couple, and the girl grew up to be a beautiful woman. All these years she had never set foot on mother earth. Then young man invited her to come down the house and promenade with him about the green orchard, but the girl demurred.
Suddenly the young man grabbed the ball of thread and threw it out of the window, and would not listen to the pleadings of the girl to retrive the ball for she could not get if herself. Angrily, the girl forgot her parents' instructions and got out of the house to get back her ball of thread. She has hardly stepped on mother earth when a terrible noise followed by the cracking grumble of the earth and the heavy downpour eventually converted the huge orchard into a twin lagunes separeted from each other by a bare strip of land.
Learning about the sorry fate of the two lovers, the people of the nearby villages named one lagune after the girl who was Pandin, and the other after the boy's Yambo.
The story of Lake Muhikap is skin to the legend of Lake Pandin and Lake Yambo. It tells about the couple who had a very sickly daughter named Munica. The couple were both very religious and they kept praying to God for the good health of their only child. They made a promise to de anything if God would answer their prayer. God granted their prayer on condition that Muica must not set her foot on mother earth.
One day, while Munica was sewing her dress, the ball of thread she was using fell to the ground. Her parents were not around to retrieve the fallen ball of thread, so what Munica did was to personally recover the said ball of thread. While doing so, she fainted and immeadiately fell into the ground. She suddenly sank with the entire negigborhood, and lagoon was formed. This body of water was later called Munikap in honor of the unfortunate but very industrious girl. The name of the lake was taken fron Munica, the girl's name, and Mahikap, meaning industrious.