Canalate. In the celebrated history of Malolos, this small community just a stone’s throw away from the town center, was where the Christian faith in the town began.
Canalate has a major part in Malolos’ glorious beginnings. It owns the unique honor as the seat of Christianism and civilization of the town in the year 1580, when Augustinian missionaries embarked on the riverbanks of the barrio to begin the Christianism of the territories. The Spanish contingent was by Fr, Diego Ordonez de Vivar, who would later relate the fateful story.
It was said that even the name of Malolos began in this village. The Spaniards, having been swept to the riverbanks by the strong river current, asked a native what their place was. Assuming the foreign visitor was complaining about the strong tides, the native retorted that the river current was downstream or paluslos in the vernacular. The term paluslos, as the story related, was mistaken by the visitors as the name of the place, later corrupted to be pronounced maluslos or Malolos.
In the celebrated history of Malolos, this small community just a stone’s throw away from the town center, was where the Christian faith in the town began.
After winning over the locals, a small chapel was built in honor of the Christian faith using only native bamboo and palm leaves. In this chapel, cathechism of the natives began and had later on throughout the outlying villages.
Canalate at the time of the arrival of the first missionaries, was surrounded by bodies of water. In the river, the people of the village found their steady source of living and an efficient means of transportation through numerous and interlinked river passages or Kanal. All over the barrio, there grew in abundance various species of water plants, making Canalate a literal swampland—the Latian or Lati. As villagers and river route traders began referring to the place by these attributes, the village became “passages to the swampland” or the Kanal sa Latian. Later references to the village abbreviated the phrase to what it is today, Kanalate.
A great number of Chinese merchants settled in Canalate and engaged in various commercial practices since the olden days. Business trade from the north of the Province and Manila pass through the Canalate River by means of large barges and ships carrying their products and wares. Prominent personalities of Chinese lineage in the barrio are the prime movers of trade and business in the barangay and even the town proper to this day. These are the Reyeses, Chongs, Isidros, Bautistas, Ambrosios and others.
Canalate today has three sitios or blocks—Sampaga, Cantarilla, and Villa Dulong, each one contributing to the growth and advancement of the community in their own distinct way.
3,719 as of 2007 Source: NSO Census of Population, 2007