Before, there lived a group of Subanen in a small valley, through which a creek flows. As common for convenience, the people built their thatch-roof huts along this creek. Their means of livelihood were small farming by shifting; and hunting and fishing within the surrounding forest abound with forest products for food. The people were happy, honest, peaceful and contented. As their homes were located along the creek, the creek became the playground of the young boys and girls, and became a place of merriment every day.
One day, when the meal was ready, a mother called her children. But nobody heard for they were noisy playing in the river. She was burning with anger and shouted on top of her voice, saying; Hoy! doma namo dlinao-o-o! Oli amo hoy! Mbaloy p’ mma mo dli-nao-o-o. Incidentally, a stranger appeared and asked, “What is the name of this place?” in a language the woman did not understand. Thinking that the stranger was asking what she was shouting at, answered, “Aww! P'towagan ho doma na dlinao hin.” The stranger, without understanding the woman’s language asked, what? Domadlinao? And repeated, Domadlinao? The woman nodded, and the stranger left repeating domal-dlinao, domadlinao, dom dlinao, domalinao.
On his way, he met another resident of the place and asked, “Is this place Domadlinao orDomalinao?” Without understanding the language of the stranger, the man just nodded. The stranger went on, believing that he got the correct answer to his question. However, the mistaken word became the name of the place “Domalinao.”
The Subanon meaning of the name of the Dumalinao by syllable is Duma – simply means companion, comrade, friend, etc. Dlinao – is a deep portion of the river where the water seems to stand still. Linao – means still, motionless, trouble-free, peace, joy and tranquility. As a whole, it means the people of a place living peacefully with love, united in peace and in crisis, and contented with nature’s bounty.