The legend of Alimodian has four versions. Out of these four, it was not actually proven which version is the real legend. One such story is the Ali Mudin version. It’s all about Magtanong, his wife Si Kanugon and their son Ali Mudin. The story goes like this: There was once a mother and a daughter named Kalipayan and Si Kanugon. Si Kanugon was so lovely that Agustin Magtanong could not resist not falling in love with her. However, Kalipayan did against Agustin Magtanong who she claimed was a worthless man who possessed nothing but a small parcel of land he was tilling for livelihood. The rejection of Kalipayan for Magtanong’s proposal made him more insistent to get Si Kanugon by hook or by crook.
On the other hand, Si Kanugon was not a problem. She was in love with Magtanong, too. So that, her mother’s intervention with her affair with Magtanong made her grieve so much that she decided to put an end to her life.
Meanwhile, Magtanong decided to kidnap the woman he loved most. So, together with forty other villagers, he went to Si Kanugon’s place just to catch her on the act of taking poison concocted from wild roots. Later, they eloped, together with the villagers and bound for the south.
The village they established was named Ubodan. And as the tribe increased, they decided to establish a town on the plains about three kilometers south of Ubodan. They named the town Ali Mudin after Magtanong’s corruption of the original name to what is now the Municipality of Alimodian.
Another tale is about the love and passion of Girom, Himaya and Madalig. There was also the common “Halin Kamo Diyan version”.
A group of Spaniards went to the place, which is now the present site of Alimodian. They saw several men climbing the coconut tree. The visitors asked the natives of the name of the place but they could not understand what new comers were asking about. Fearing that some coconuts might hit the Spaniards, one man atop the tree shouted. “Halin kamo diyan” (get away from there). The strangers thought the men were telling them the name of the place and the words sounded like “Ali Mo Diyan”, the three being tall. So, they call the place “Ali Mo Diyan” believing that, that was the actual name of the place.
The last legend is quite unpopular, declaring that the name was after Cabudian Creek running along the southern outskirt of the poblacion. Cabudian Creek is now called Alimodian Creek.
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