Summary of Biag ni Lam-ang, the Ilocano epic of the Philippines Buod ng Florante at Laura Summary of Early Dawn to Full Light: Buod ng. “Biag ni Lam-ang” is an epic poem about the birth, life, death and resurrection of the hero Lam-ang. Aided by his pet dog and rooster, Lam-ang avenges his. BIAG NI LAM-ANG (Life of Lam-ang) is pre-Hispanic epic poem of the Ilocano people of the Philippines. The story was handed down orally for.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The story was handed down orally for generations before it was written lam-ahg around assumedly by a blind Ilokano bard named Pedro Bucaneg. They had a son named Lam-ang. Before Lam-ang was born, Don Juan went to the mountains in order to punish a group of their Igorot enemies. While he was away, his son Lam-ang was born. It took four people to help Namongan give birth. As soon as the baby boy popped out, he spoke and asked that he be given the name Lam-ang.

He also chose his godparents and asked where his father was. After nine months of waiting for his father to ufll, Lam-ang decided he would go look for him. Namongan thought Lam-ang was up to the challenge but she was sad big let him go. During his exhausting journey, he decided to rest for awhile. He fell asleep and had a dream about his father’s head being stuck on a pole by the Igorot. Lam-ang was furious when he learned what had happened to his father.

He rushed to their village and killed them all, except for one whom he let go so that he could tell other people about Lam-ang’s greatness. Upon returning to Nalbuan in triumph, he storu bathed by women in the Amburayan river. All the fish died because of the dirt and odor from Lam-ang’s body. There was a young woman named Ines Kannoyan whom Lam-ang wanted to woo. She lived in Calanutian and he brought along his white rooster and gray dog to visit her.

On the way, Lam-ang met his enemy Sumarang, another suitor of Ines whom he fought and readily defeated. Lam-ang found the house of Ines surrounded lxm-ang many suitors all of whom were trying to catch her attention. He had his rooster crow, which caused a nearby house to fall.

This made Ines look out. Hi had his dog bark and in an instant the fallen house rose up again. The girl’s parents witnessed this and called for him. The rooster expressed the love of Lam-ang. Lam-ang had no problem fulfilling this condition and he and Ines were married. It la-ang a tradition to have a newly married man swim in the hi for the rarang fish. Unfortunately, Lam-ang dove straight into the mouth of the water monster Berkakan.

Ines had Marcos get his bones, which she lan-ang with a piece of cloth. His rooster crowed and his dog barked and slowly the bones started to move. Back alive, Lam-ang and his wife lived happily ever after with his white rooster and gray dog. Philippine epics are lengthy narrative poems based on oral tradition. The verses were chanted or sung while being passed from generation to generation before being written on paper. The plots of their stories revolve around supernatural events and heroic deeds.


With the diversity of ethnic groups in the Philippines, Filipino epics are not national in scope the way the Kaleva is in Finland, for example.

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Instead of glorifying national heroes, Philippine epics are specific to a particular part of the country, and thus they are referred to as ethno-epics or regional epics. In fact, the epic poems of the Philippines are in many different languages, not just fukl currently dominant Tagalog.

Many of the Philippine epics that have survived and been recorded are from areas that have seen the least colonization by the Spanish and Americans. These are mostly pagan groups and the Moros who were not Christianized by missionaries. There are around twenty known Filipino epic poems.

Among the more famous ones are: Bantugan owned a magic shield, was protected by divine spirits and was capable of lam-zng from sotry dead. Baltog, born in Baltavara to the brave clan of Lipod, was the first to cultivate the fields in the rich land of Ibalon.

The Tandayag was a monstrous wild boar but the hero Baltog was not afraid.

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One night, he waited for the Tandayag and wrestled with it with all his might. But Baltog was strong and brave.

He was able to pin down the monstrous wild boar and tear out its mouth. The people celebrated when they learned of the victory of their king Baltog. The clans of Panicuason and Asog came over to marvel at the monstrous wild boar in Ibalon.

Lam-zng and his men had to fight thousands of battles, and face many dangers to defeat the monsters. They first fought the one-eyed giants in the land of Ponon.

They fought without rest for ten months until all the one-eyed giants were killed. Handiong and his men did not stop until they vanquished every Tiburon. They drove away the giant Sarimaw which was larger than an elephant and very fierce. They used their spears and arrows to kill all the crocodiles which were bigger than boats. The savage monkeys were frightened and hid when they saw the rivers and swamps of Ibalon turn red with blood.

Fulo serpent with a beautiful voice, Oriol could change its image to deceive enemies. Oriol had escaped every trap and disappeared. He followed the beautiful voice and was almost enchanted by it in his pursuit. Thus, the serpent bbiag the hero how to conquer the monsters until peace came to the whole Ibalon.

He built the first boat to ride the waves of Ibalon seas. Because of his good example, inventors came forth from his people. Ginantong made the plow, harrow, and other farming tools. Hablom invented the first loom for weaving abaca clothes. Dinahon, an Aeta, created the stove, cooking pot, earthen jar, and other kitchen utensils. The brilliant Sural thought of the alphabet and started to write on white rock. It was a golden period in Ibalon when even slaves were respected under the laws of Handiong.

Rivers dried up and the seas receded. The earth parted, mountains sank, and many towns in Ibalon were destroyed. Bantong used his wisdom against Rabot. He saw many rocks around the den. They were people turned into rock by Rabot. When Rabot slept very soundly, Bantong was able to go near him.


The giant died with a single stab by the brave and wise Bantong. Ibalon was at peace once more. All the unmarried gods of the different domains of the universe tried to win her hand to no avail.

She chose to marry a mortal, Datu Paubari, the mighty ruler of Halawod. Her decision angered her other suitors. They plotted to bring harm to the newlyweds. Alunsina and Paubari escaped harm through the assistance of Suklang Malayon, the goddess and guardian of happy homes and sister of Alunsina, who learned of the evil plot and warned the two so they were able to seek refuge on higher ground.

After the flood waters subsided, Paubari and Alunsina returned to the plains secretly. They settled near the mouth of the Halawod river. Several months later Alunsina became pregnant and told Paubari to prepare the siklot, things necessary for childbirth.

She delivered a set of triplets and summoned the high priest Bungot-Banwa to perform the rites of the gods of Mount Madya-as the mountain abode of the gods to ensure the good health of the children. The high priest promptly made an altar and burned some alanghiran fronds and a pinch of kamangyan. Labaw Donggon, the eldest of the three, asked his mother to prepare his magic cape, hat, belt and kampilan sword for he heard of a place called Handug where a beautiful maiden named Angoy Ginbitinan lived.

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The journey took several days. He walked across plains and valleys, climbed up mountains until he reached the mouth of the Halawod river. After the wedding, Labaw Donggon proceeded home with his new bride. Along the way they met a group of young men who told him that they were on their way to Tarambang Burok to win the hand of Abyang Durunuun, sister of Sumpoy, the alm-ang of the underworld and whose beauty was legendary.

Labaw Donggon and his bride continued on their journey home. The moment they arrived home Labaw Donggon told his mother to take care of his wife because he is taking another quest, this time he was going to Tarambang Burok. Before he can get to the place he has to pass a ridge guarded by a giant named Sikay Padalogdog who has a hundred arms.

The giant would not allow Labaw Donggon to go through without a fight. Labaw Donggon won the hand of Abyang Durunuun and also took her home.

Before long he went on another journey, this time it is to Gadlum to ask for the atory of Malitong Yawa Sinagmaling Diwata who is the young bride of Saragnayan, the lord of darkness. This trip required him to use his biday nga inagta black boat on which he sailed across the seas for many months, went across the region of the clouds, and passed the land of stones until finally stoyr reached the shores of Tulogmatian which was the seaside fortress of Saragnayan.

I came for the beautiful Malitong Yawa Sinagmaling Diwata.