No one among those interviewed can assist authoritatively how the town got its name. However, it was claimed that the name was derived from a shrub, which grew abundantly ina particular place. The plant has a poisonous sap or hairy substance covering most of its twigs or leaves known as “Camiring”, which, when it comes in contact with the skin, produces an irritatingly itchy sensation that can hardly be alleviated even when the skin is already become raw from continuous scratching. Due to some difficulties encountered in its pronunciation, the “R” of the term eventually changed into “L”. It is this vitiated pronunciation that eventually persisted thus, the town got its name “Camiling”.
Camiling is the home of the illustrious, as far as town’s outstanding citizens, past
and present, who brought fame to the locality in history and in public service are concerned:
Carlos P. Rumulo – debater, educator, writer, author, thinker, publisher, soldier, statesman, leader and nationalist, of world unknown, 1st Fillipino President of the United Nations General Assembly and former Minister of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Cezar Bengzon – former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and 1st Filipino Chief Justice to be a member of the International Court of Justice.
Onofre D. Corpuz – former President of the University of the Philippines and Minister of the Educational Cultural Sports.
Paulino Santos – the late Chief of Staff of the Philippine Army.
Significant Events and Personalities in the Town’s History
|Date||HISTORICAL EVENT||PERSON INVOLVED||SIGNIFICANCE|
|1838||Camiling||Benito Fontcuberta||The year when Camiling was made into a pueblo.|
|Camiling, Catholic Convent||General Pedroche||His death place together with his men, Gen. Francisco Makabulos and his revolutionary troops on order of General Antonio Luna on Charges of being rebel leaders.|
|April 2, 1867||Leonor Rivera’s Birthday||Leonor Rivera||Dr. Rizal lovely fiancée who was idealized in Noli Me Tangere.|