In the early days, the place that is now Rizal was called Dalanap. Its first wave of inhabitants consisted of Ilocanos mostly from Piddig, Ilocos Norte. These early settlers soon became prosperous; and people from neighboring places began referring to their settlement as Kapiddigan, which literally meant “place of the Piddigs.”
When the municipality of Diffun was created on January 17, 1951 by virtue of Executive Order No. 368 issued by then President Elpidio Quirino, its poblacion included three districts namely: Andres Bonifacio on the north; Quezon on the south; and Rizal on the east.
Rizal has a total land area of 446 hectares. Its territory is mostly rolling hills and low mountains, one of which is a high promontory now called Susong Dalaga, which is an allusion to a young woman’s breast because of its shape. Susong Dalaga has now been converted into a beautiful communal park.
The barangay is bounded on the north by Andres Bonifacio; on the south by Luttuad; on the east by Villa Pascua; and on the west by Aurora East.
Historically, its community leaders (previously called Teniente del Barrio, later on Kapitan ng Barangay, and presently Punong Barangay) were Leon Pallaya; Primitivo Avila; Bonifacio Cacayan Sr.; Bernardino Rico; Fernando Pastor; Cirilo Bagaoisan; Fermin Salum; Cirilo Sabado; Leonicio Sarenas; and Rolando O. Ducos. At present, Rizal is under the able leadership of its very first lay Punong Barangay – Hon. Imelda B. Evangelista.
The religious fervor of the people of Rizal is evidenced from the fact that this barangay is home to churches and worship houses by many religious sects and denominations notably the Roman Catholic, the Philippine Independent, the Aglipayan, the Methodist, the Church of God, the Church of Christ, Iglesia ni Kristo, Union Espiritista, and others. There is even a group that believes in Mother Erlinda Rumbaoa; and still another, followers of Mother Cacayan. These diverging beliefs notwithstanding, the people of Rizal work and live in harmonious, peaceful and prosperous community.
Notable citizens in the community include such prominent leaders as former Vice Governor Bonifacio Cristobal Sr,; former QUIRILCO Manager Clemente Salvador Jr.; former Municipal Mayor Delfin V. Vaquilar; and businessmen as well as professional holding important positions in the government and in the private sector.
Brgy. Rizal is indeed “The Home of Great Men and Peace-Loving People.”