Abaca got its name by accident. The original village was called Nagara but in 1931 a landslide hit the village, leaving only three survivors. Thankful to be alive, the three went in search of a new home. On their journey they came across a large stone emblazoned with the letters ABC. The letters had been painted by a missionary in the 1830s while teaching the alphabet to the people of Nagara. Inspired by this prophetic sign, the survivors decided to name their new village “Abaca”, an acronym in the local dialect for “the beginning of eternal life after a miracle”.