When the first Spaniards arrived in the Philippines in the 16th century, they found well-organized independent villages called barangays.
A barangay (Brgy. or Bgy.; Filipino: baranggay, [baɾaŋˈɡaj]), formerly called barrio, is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. In colloquial usage, the term often refers to an inner city neighborhood, a suburb or a suburban neighborhood.
The word barangay originated from balangay, a kind of boat used by a group of Austronesian peoples when they migrated to the Philippines.
Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays, and they may be further subdivided into smaller areas called "purok" (English: zone), and sitio, which is a territorial enclave inside a barangay, especially in rural areas.
As of September 30, 2012, there were a total of 42,028 barangays throughout the Philippines. (Source: Wikipedia)
Barangay Filipino in New England's goals are to:
- Promote Filipino activities and inform visitors coming to the region of events and other useful information;
- Promote Filipino organizations in the region;
- and Promote Filipino businesses in the region.
Barangay Filipino in New England recognizes and celebrates the fact that we are also part of a larger community.
Barangay Filipino in New England encourages all Filipinos in the region, or individuals who are interested, to participate and be involved.