In the Pre-Spanish period, Ayungon was already an important settlement. The Spanish religious missionaries discovered this community in the 1800’s and was annexed to Taysan as part of the religious jurisdiction (parish) of the church. On July 12, 1924, Ayungon upon the recommendation of the Provincial Governor Enrique Villanueva, was proclaimed a municipality by Governor-General Leonard Wood through Gen. Order No. 31, s. 1924
HOW AYUNGON GOT ITS NAME
There are several version as to how Ayungon got its name but no one that sounds fascinating to its people is the story of AYUNG, According to Dr. Temoteo S. Oracion, noted anthropologist and professor of Siliman University, during teh pre-Spanish time, a certain locality is called after the most popular person living in that place. The most popular popular person happened to be AYUNG, who was a fisherman and had a hut near the mouth of now Ayungon River. Travelers, who came mostly on foot,were always at hid hut. Thus his hut was referred as Ayung’s place. The name later was suffixed with on attached to his name the AYUNGON was born.
One version goes that when the Spaniards were exploring the area, they happened to pass by a native cutting a tree. The Spaniards might have asked the person of the place but the native, who do not understand the language surmised they were asking for his name so he answer AYUNG and the Spaniards might have not clearly understood what he said, asked the same question again. This time the native might have thought they were asking for a tree he was cutting, which abound in the area, so he answered DUNGON. AYUNG– the name of the native and the DUNGON– the name of the tree he was cutting and abundant in the area, AYUNG-DUNGON was the name of the area as coined by the Spaniards and later on evolved to AYUNGON and became its name until today. Today a DUNGON Tree can be seen at the Municipal Park as reminder of how AYUNGON gots its name.
Upon the proclamation of the Municipality of Ayungon, in 1924, the late Benito Sanchez and Timoteo Perez were respectively installed as President and Vice- President, later Timoeo Perez was succeeded by Apolonio Deguit as President. During the first political election of 1928, Julian Villanueva was elected President and later on was succeeded by Hon. Maximo Enardecido who remain Mayor when World War II broke out and up to the present, the following become the Mayors of Ayungon.
The Following were the town leaders of Ayungon: