The resort takes its name from the huge rock located at mid-front of the long stretch of its green and rocky terrain. The name translates to “Dakong Bato” in the local dialect. Dakong Bato marks the entrance into the Municipality of Dalaguete and in recent times to the resort as well.

This huge rock has proven immovable and as local folklore has it, it is tight up to the legendary Maria Cacao. According to the legend, Maria Cacao was a daughter to Tata Cero who got an engkantada pregnant. He could have a relationship with a supernatural being because he possessed supernatural power as well. His power enabled him to be invisible, walk on water, jump to the top of a coconut tree, and he was able to dwarf himself and stand on a cogon leaf.

Accordingly, Maria Cacao had a huge ship by which she did business carrying cacao to Manila and other countries. Presumably, by this enterprise she gained her worth in gold.

The legend points to Dakong Bato as the docking place of Maria Cacao’s ship with its wealth in gold. For this reason, at various points especially when it rained strongly, the people saw that the surrounding of Dakong Bato became so bright.

Dakong Bato, according to folklore was an abode and still is an abode of so many “engkantos”. In the past, the people used to borrow kitchen utensils from the engkanto in Dakong Bato. At fiesta time, the people brought their containers in front of the cave, and they came back the next morning to find complete utensils inside the container.

Maria cacao has long passed away. People don’t borrow utensils at Dakong Bato anymore. Now, Dakong Bato is an abode of fun and relaxation.


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