Barangay San Jose then known as “snalu-Elib”, was already existing long before the introduction of Islam by Sheike Kabunsuan in the Island of Sarangani in the 15th century. Snalu-elib means a place in front of a cave, which was then the center of gathering and seat of government of B’laans and other ethnic groups.
In 1898, conflicts started to erupt between the Indigenous people and the Muslims. For two years, these two groups fought. However, they later co-exist in peace and harmony.
The B’laans settled from the coastal areas to the hills following the introduction of Islam from the 15th to the 19th century. The T’bolis likewise were relegated deeply into the mountains of Cotabato. The B’laans then governed snalu-Elib.
The authority of the B’laans was recognized when Datu Lumbos Calatao invited Datu Ingkong and Datu Saliwane Lumbos for a peace conference, popularly known as “fulong”.
In 1925, the Olarte’s of Barcelona Spain arrived in the Municipality of Buayan(now known as General Santos City). They settled in snalu-Elib causing so any changes in the lives of the cultural minorities. The closeness of the Olartes to the B’laan tribe explains why Mr. Olarte prefers to marry B’laan women. After a year of staying in snalu-Elib, Mr. Olarte convinced the tribal leaders headed by Datu Saliwane Lumbos to name their place after his name. The tribal leaders granted his request without reservation.
On Christmas day in 1935, during a feast in his residence in Bya-o (Lumbang), Mr. Olarte again convinced the natives about the advantage of changing the name of their place into San Jose for the following reasons: 1)snalu-Elib s difficult to pronounce; 2) San Jose is a patron saint in the Catholic religion 3) The place must be legally registered with a permanent recognized name.
However, despite the approval of the tribal leaders, the name San Jose remained unknown to the public except to close family friends of Mr. Jose Olarte.
The tragedy in 1945 at Falen (LakeParker) where 200 people drowned made a great impact on Datu Ante Lumbus, who was studying under American tutorship in Glan. He put up the first community school at Atnulang,San Josein 1946 with him as its first teacher.
In 1947, Mr. Jarque and his brother-in-law, Mr. Barney Campbell founded Hacienda San Jose. It is during this time that the name snalu-Elib was gradually replaced with San Jose. The following year, Lamlangil Primary School was changed to San Jose Primary School upon the prodding of Mr. Jose Olarte.
Hacienda San Jose was then in full operation. The sleepy barrio of San Jose came to life when investors poured in. Don Augusto Santos and his brother Horacio of Prudential Bank invested in ranching. The tribal folks and their children found their lifestyle changing caused by the opportunities offered by the hacienda.
From 1949-1952, San Jose gradually developed. Two teachers were added to San Jose Primary School. Having met the population requirements and having elected their set of barrio council officials, San Jose was duly recognized as a barrio by the municipal council of General Santos on September 17, 1956 as per Republic Act 1408.
Punong Barangay: Abdul Rahim S. Paidumama
- Edison. T. Oczon
- Alfredo V. Belgica, Sr.
- Ronald B. Balunto
- Elizabeth S. Mama
- Coen D. Manteng
- Ronald S. Sales
- Gonzalo P. Bombales
|Enabling Law||RA# 1408|
|Date of Creation||September 17, 1956|
|No. of Puroks||22|
|No. of Households||2,741|
|No. of Households||1,822|
|Ethnic/ Tribal Groups||B’laan, T’boli|
|Teritorial Boundary||North: Brgy. Sinawal
South: Sarangani Province
East: Brgy. Fatima
West: T’boli, South Cotabato
|Barangay San Jose||Barangay Anniversary||September 15-17|
|Purok I Proper||Patronal||March 18-19|
|Purok Datal Salvan||Patronal||October 6-7|
|Purok Datal Salvan||Anniversary||June 23-24|
|Purok Klolang||Patronal||January 27-28|
|Purok Blagan||Anniversary||October 30-31|
|Purok Saraña||Anniversary||June 1-2|
|Purok Lumbang||Patronal||August 27-28|
|Purok Bia-o||Anniversary||March 26-27|
|Purok Shutle||Anniversary||December 13-14|
|Purok Shuttle||Patronal||April 26-27|
|Purok Banwalan||Anniversary||December 12-13|
|Purok Aspang||Patronal||November 23-24|
|Purok Balnabo||Anniversary||October 12-13|
|Purok Ondok Gawan||Anniversary||December 25-26|
|Purok Bagong Silang||Patronal||August 28-29|
|Purok Faraldao||Anniversary||September 23-24|
|Puroj Sto. Niño||Anniversary||October 21-22|
|Purok Sto. Niño||Patronal||January 27-28|
|Purok Riverside||Patronal/Anniversary||December 7-8|
|Purok Blala||Anniversary||October 27-28|