The barangay’s first name was
“Pangutana”. Since the place
was originally the home of military
men, the residents were not permanent.
Unlike today’s soldiers who are
provided with houses for their families.
And so it was always a practice for
wives of these soldiers to inquire on
whereabouts of their husbands. Inquiring
on something means “Pangutana”
in Cebuano. It was because of this practice
that the place got first name “Pangutana”.
the situation had changed. These wives
now wanted to be near to their husbands.
To do this, the wives, and their children
who were from far places had to migrate
to Cebu and stayed near the camp. Their
coming was noticeable as they arrived
in hundreds. Thus, the name ‘Apas’
meaning to catch up or to be near came
about. A portion of Barangay Apas is
still within the military property.
What separates the place from the camp
is only the fence. The camp was later
upgraded to a command called Visayas
place is also near the old Cebu City
Port. This is where the Military Camp
was situated, thus the wives of the
Military Men will arrive at the main
gate of the camp inquiring about the
whereabouts of their husbands, thus
the name PANGUTANA, and as the wives
cope up with their husband, the name
APAS was born. Pangutana identified
the main gate of the camp while APAS
identified the barracks and seven original
communities and were generally accepted
and officially adopted by the Barrio
Council and residents. The names Pangutana
and Apas are historically linked together;
that one can exists alone and separately.
Today the Military Camp is knows as
Visayas Command (VISCOM).