Can-avid, Eastern Samar
The town is said to derive its name from the adjective nahabid which supposedly in archaic Waray means 'a line of habitation formed at the bank of a river'. That river is supposed to be the Ulot River. The Ulot (pronounced with the "u" and the "o" as peppet vowels, approximately like "elet"), is among the three primary rivers in the whole island of Samar, the two others being the Calbiga and the Catubig Rivers. Older written documents like that of Fr Francisco Alzina's Historia de las Islas Indio de Visayas written in Palapag, Samar around 1668, identified the place as Jubasan, 'whose river teems with large freshwater fishes'. These freshwater fishes still teem and are still caught fat and large in Ulot River, specially a variety of large freshwater fish locally called sawug. The name Jubasan can still be etymologically studied even at the present time unlike the claims favoring nahabid. Jubasan is obviously the hispanized version of the word that should be properly written in the Visayan alphabet as hubasan, which is a locative for a 'place where water drains'. A fitting description because the great length of the Ulot River 'drains' in expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The mouth of that junction is a delta of deposited silt, mud and sand that easily dries up at sunlight making the place look like a drained wasteland.
The earliest reported habitation in the town is said to have been several gamuru in present day Parik, a small sitio immediately before Barangay Mabuhay upstream (that is, tipasuba). Early Spanish reports support the existence of Parik in Ibabao (then the name of the region in Samar comprising the present-day Northern and Eastern Samar; Samar during the early Spanish occupation refers only to the present-day Western Samar).
Can-avid is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.
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