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Ilocano Epic - Biag Ni Lam-Ang
08-22-2010, 09:55 AM
Post: #1
Biag ni Lam-ang (Life of Lam-ang)

The story dates
its origin during the pre-
Spanish period
of the
Philipines. It is one of the
Ilocano epic of the pre-
colonial literature of the
country. It is originally
written in the Ilocano
language but as time goes
it has been translated to
different languages. The
story is set in the
Provinces of the
Philippines .
The story is a mix of
adventure and romance
with exciting and
The story
revolves around Lam-ang
who is a very
extraordinary guy. He
started to talk at
a very young age and was
the one who choose his
own name. His adventure
when his father, Don Juan,
went to a battle but
never came back. At the
age of
barely nine months he
went to search for his
father in the highlands
where his
father was said to go.
Knowing that he is blessed
with extraordinary well
being, her mother,
Namongan, allowed her to
go. Lam-ang then went of
to search
for his father leaving his
grieving mother.
When Lam-ang reached
the place, he was enraged
upon seeing his father
’ s
head on top of a bamboo
that was stuck in the
ground which was a scene
that he had dreamed
reaching the place. Lam-
ang then demanded to
know the reason why did
happen to his father but
he did not receive an
answer, instead he was
by the chieftain of the
village to go or else he
would receive the same
like his father. Instead of
running Lam-ang bravely
fought with the chieftain
and its tribesmen. Lam-
ang won the fight with
less effort that serves as
revenge for his father.
The epic poem
also presented some
humorous points. As Lam-
ang was on his way home
he passed
by a river and then
decided to have a dip. The
dirt from his body caused
death of fishes, crabs,
shrimps in the river. She
was gladly attended by
of the women who saw
Lam-ang upon
reaching home decided to
court his love interest,
Ines. Despite his mother
’ s
disapproval he followed his
heart and set again
another journey for her
love. His
adventures had never
been that easy. He faced
one of Ines ’ suitor and
But he won the battles
with ease.
Upon reaching
the place, Lam-ang drew
the attention of many
and impressed Ines. He
was helped
by his magical pets: a
rooster, a hen and a dog.
’ s rooster
flapped its
wings and a house toppled.
This amazed everybody,
especially Ines. Then,
’ s dog barked and
the house aroused. Being
invited in the lunch of the
family of Ines, Lam-ang
impressed Ines
’ parents
with his wealth and upon
returning he gave to the
family two golden ships.
Their wedding was held
with a
lot of feastings.
However Lam-ang ’ s
story never ended there.
He was sent to catch a
gigantic shell but
unfortunately she was
swallowed by a shark,
which he had earlier
Her bones were recovered
and Lam-ang was
resurrected with the help
of his
magical pet. Ines was
ordered by the rooster to
wrap the bones with her
while the hen flaps its
wings and the dog
growling. In an instant
happily rejoined his wife.
The epic poem showed
some of the earlier
customs, culture,
tradition and belief of
the Ilocano
people of the Philippines
The story presented some
of the qualities of the
people of the Ilocos
region- adventurous,
hardy, and brave as
strongly portrayed
by Lam-ang. The epic poem
presented the fact that
life is full of trials and
problems. One must be
strong and just accept
the reality that it is
part of life.
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08-28-2010, 01:40 PM
Post: #2
Ayna... Agbiag iti nangipaskel iti istorya ti biag ni Lam-Ang!!!

This story is full of Magic and Mystery... Cool Story about the Ilokania
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