Diad awaran, say barangay et melag a komunidad ya manga 50 anggad 100 a pamilya. Maslak a baryo so walaan labat na talomplon anggad sanlasus a abung tan say populasyon et manlalapud sanlasus anggad liman lasus a totoo. Unong ed si Legazpi, aromog to iray komunidad a duamplo odino talomplo labat so populasyon da. Dakel a baryo ed gilig na dayat diad rehyon na Visayan so walaan na ag-onalabang ed walora anggad samploran abung. Say salitan balangay et nanlapud kadaanan ya baloto na saray Malay. Maslak et manisia ya diad saray pre-colonial Philippines, balang orihinal ya barangay ed gilig na dayat et aporma lapud sinmabi iray nanayam ditan panamegley na baloto manlapud arum a lugar ed Southeast Asia.
Most communities were coastal or riverine in nature. This is because the principal sources of protein come from the seas and rivers, most of the people relying more on fishing for supply of food. Also, people travelled mostly by water. The movement of the population was up and down rivers and along the coasts, trails always followed river systems. Rivers were also a major souce of water for bathing, washing, and drinking. Moreover, coastal villages are more accessible to traders where an economic activity is developed. Business with traders meant contact with other cultures and civilizations like the Chinese, Indian, and Arabian. Thus, the coastal communities in Manila, Cebu, Jolo, and Butuan attained a higher cultural level.