If the municipality proudly exists today, it is because of the vigilance and forthrightness of our great grandfathers.


In 1574, a Spanish encomendero by the surname of Leaño reached the area. It was in the course of his missionary work that the name of the town was coined. He observed that when the village chieftain assembled his men with the command “INTAR!” which means “order” in Iloco, the tribesmen accordingly congregated in “V”-shaped formation with clicking efficiency. This greatly impressed the Spaniard. Thereupon, wanting the occasion to be truly memorable, the missionary affixed the “V” being also nearest to the shape of the heart to the word INTAR. Since then, the people called the community VINTAR, more popularly taken to mean and understood as a fitting tribute to the Vintarinian’s kind-heartedness and hospitality.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another via cooperation between persons and groups in a society especially when interdependence is involved.

Why do geese fly in “V” formation? By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than when each bird flew on its own. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird, immediately following.

When goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go at it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way as we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. What message do we give when we honk from behind?

Finally and this is important, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to give it help and protection. They stay with it until it is able to fly or dies. Only then do they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the same sense as that of the goose, we will stand by each other like that.