Only about a hundred meters separates barrio Santiago from the town proper. A solitary bridge crossing a river connects this barrio to the Poblacion. This river is very much a part of the history of the name given to the barrio. It was told early inhabitants of the place and related to their children a story about the origin of the name Santiago given to the barrio. According to the story, the image of the Saint Santiago or St. James was unintentionally taken by an old man who is gathering pieces of wood that are left floating in the river. He is riding in a small boat where he placed the wood the gathered. Suddenly, he felt something like an object bumped his boat causing it to move, he did to pay attention and continue to look for woods he gathered. It turned out that it was an image of Santiago or St. James. He was given the opportunity to be the one to enshrine the image in its proper altar.
It was the sign and the beginning that the barrio was named after the saint itself. From then on, the barrio folks started a new chapter in their lives thru the intercession of St. James. There was no definite date when the barrio was established. Since it was beside Canalate and nearby the town proper it was believed that it maybe a former part of Canalate on the Poblacion itself. But be what, it may , Santiago, now is an independent barrio with 277 families and 1,812 populations as of this writing. It is also the site of several business establishments warehouse of manufacturing companies, notably Coca Cola, Philippines. It is also known for the production of local BALOT AND PENOY eggs, alongside its economic lives, the barrio also grew spiritually with the construction of its chapel when San Santiago is enshrined.
1,973 source Pamahalaang Barangay 2018