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The Story of the Unfinished Bridge

The Story of the Unfinished Bridge

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Published by Charlene Mae Bornea
A myth from Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines
A myth from Cordillera Administrative Region, Philippines

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Published by: Charlene Mae Bornea on Jul 02, 2012
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The Story of the Unfinished Bridgeby CARAt Balatoc, which is part of the municipality of Lubuagan, and the province of Kalinga-Apayao, is one of the oldest barrios. This barrio is situated at the foot of a highmountain where there is located a huge rock. The people who dwell there are theTinguians from Abra, the the Isnegs from Apayao, and some people from Dananaowhich is part of the district of Tinglayan. Some people in this barrio made caves at thefoot of a huge stone as their houses in times past and even now.In this barrio there was a beautiful woman. Her name was Ipogao. One day, a manwhom none of the inhabitants knew, appeared. He went to Ipogao and said, "Ipogao, Iam God (Kabunyan), from a distant place. I come to see you because I want to marryyou." Ipogao answered, "I would like to marry you if you truly like me."After this conversation was finished, Ipogao led God to her house which was verysmall. The house of Ipogao to which they went was very far from where the real barriowas situated. After many days had passed, God thought of a good thing that he woulddo. He went and wandered around the farms to look for some good work that he woulddo. When he looked down on Pasil, he decided to make a bridge across to the other sidefor the people to pass when they go to the opposite side to work for their supplies.So then, God returned to their house to tell Ipogao what he wanted to do. He instructedher, "You, Ipogao, tomorrow I'll start out to go and work. Don't worry if I'll not be hereor if no one will come to me. I don't need anything to eat. It will be just up to me, andI'll come here if I get hungry." When he had finished giving his instructions he startedout to go to his work.After many days had passed by, Ipogao longed for her husband. So then, she cookedrice to take to her husband. When she was almost at Pasil, she heard what sounded likea machine. So then, she silently drew near. When she had drawn near and spied whatwas making the noise, she saw God working. She carefully watched and was frightenedto see flame of fire coming out from the navel of God. He was pointing the flame at thebridge that he was making.Ipogao was frightened and so went silently away. As she was going away from thescene, a small piece of cooked rice fell and she made footprints at God's resting place.When it was evening, God was tired so he went to rest at his resting place. As he wasresting he saw some cooked rice and a person's footprint on the ground. He said, "Therewas a person who came here to my resting place. He plainly saw me working. I want noone to see me working until I am finished with the work that I'm doing." After he'dfinished what he was saying to himself, he went to their house to go and ask his wife

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