It never became a commercial centre since the town of Balayan was just very near, and the Chinese had long established it as a trade route. Neither did it become a religious centre like Lipa nor a centre of governance like Tanauan. Little was written about the area until the time of the revolution.
The first historical account about this humble town was when a native tribesman, known only as Matienza, led his fellow Nasugbugueños, together with some natives from the nearby Lian, in revolt against a large land grant to the Roxases. However, victory was not on their side. This happened in the end of the 19th century.