During the early days, the place known BALINGIT was an inhabited area. Stories regarding this place claim that the earliest inhabitants were ethnic groups known as Itneg and Kalinga who were living with lifestyles similar to that of the characters of the famous Ilocano epic “BIAG NI LAM-ANG”.
Since the ethnic groups were of two different tribes, a clash between them was inevitable, if only to prove which of them was “maingel”(warrior). In the ensuing tribal war, the Kalingga’s were led by a certain Quisad Biri, who was reported to have anting-anting (amulet). On the other hand, the Itnegs were led by a pregnant woman who was also reported to have an anting-anting.
After a bloody skirmish between the two tribes, the kalingas proved victorious killing in the process the leader of the Itnegs who eventually had to flee to another area. Having settled in another area, they called their farmer settlement “BALUNET”(lock).
After sometime, a group of Ilocanos from Sinait, Ilocos Sur who were figitives sought refuge in the area. Noticing that the place was rich in material resources, they decided to settle. As they were fugitives, they changed their family names to hide from the law. The family names Basilica, Gascon, and Ilacas became Basilio, Duperia and Ilac, respectively.
After the Second World War, the population of the place rapidly grew. The name BALUNET as the place was originally called evolved into BALINGIT.
Its first known leaders were Minong Burgos (1955-59), Gregorio Cabulisan (1960-63), who were then called Tinyente del Bario together with Assistant Tinyente Processo Ojano who were elected by viva voce.
In the succeeding barangay election in 1963 through secret balloting, the incumbent was defeated by Efifanio Pesca who held the highest Barangay elective post for twelve years (12).
It was during these years that the barangay was infiltrated by the rebels and so to save his life, he went for vacation. Saturnino Burgos took over as Officer in Charge in 1986 but unluckily he was taken by the rebels. Clemente Pagarigan, the next barangay councilor took his post as OIC in 1986-1987.
In 1987, Edgardo Monroy was elected barangay Captain. He led the barangay up to 1997. Rodrigo Biri came out victorious in the two consecutive Barangay Election (1997-2008), and Rogelio Pesca led the barangay in the year 2008-2010.
At present, Nestor M. Padua is the Barangay Captain. He continued the projects of the past administration. He also have lots of projects implemented and to be implemented. Balingit at present is a growing and developing barangay of the municipality. It has also produced professionals.
Patronal Fiesta/ Foundation Day: June 12
Dialect: Ilokano, Ibanag
Source of Livelihood: Farming, Fishing, Poultry and Livestock raising
Brgy. Captain: NESTOR PADUA
Barangay Councilors: Flora Monroy, Jaymar Reyes, Valentin Ilac, Romeo Arabaca, Glory Sadama, Reynaldo Pagarigan, Ma. Theresa Rocena
Barangay Secretary: Warlito Miranda
Barangay Treasurer: Jonaida Ilustrado
Day Care Worker: Martina Tablac