biag ni lam-ang

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The Life of Lam-ang


(a) Hook

Have you ever heard a baby that can talk and walk after birth ? This is an epic story about the life of lam-ang.Lam-ang was an extraordinary being, manifesting in his early years when he started to speak, thus enabling him to choose his own name. His adventure began when his father, Don Juan, set out for a battle but never returned. At barely nine months, he went to search for Don Juan in the highlands where the latter was said to have gone. Aware that her child was a blessed, exceptional creature, his mother Namongan allowed him to go. Lam-ang then went off to search for his father, leaving his grieving mother behind.When Lam-ang reached the area his father purportedly disappeared to, he was enraged upon seeing Don Juan's severed head atop of a bamboo pole that was planted in the ground; the scene came to him in a dream prior to reaching that place. Lam-ang then demanded to know the reason as to why that had happened to his father, but did not receive an answer from the locals. Instead, the chieftain of the village demanded that he leave under pain of suffering the same fate as his father. Lam-ang defied the caveat and bravely fought with the chieftain and his tribesmen. The hero emerged victorious from the battle with little effort, finally avenging his murdered father.

(b) Author (origin of the story)

The Iloko Biag ni Lam-ang is the oldest recorded Philippine folk epic and the only complete epic to come down to us from the Christian Filipino groups. The earliest recording of the poem was given by Fr. Gerardo Blanco to Isabelo de los Reyes, who published it serially in El Ilocano from December 1889 to February 1890, with a Spanish translation in prose, and also reprinted it in his El Folklore Filipino, vol. 2 (Manila: Imprenta de Santa Cruz, 1890), under the title “Vida de Lam-ang (antiguo poema popular de Ilocos)”, with the Iloko text and prose translation in Spanish. Important subsequent editions of...