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The Three Heroes of Ibalon

The Three Heroes of Ibalon


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Published by: Marna M. Loyola on Aug 04, 2012
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TASK 1 What does the title “A Letter to Pedro, U.S.

Citizen, Also Called Pete” reveal about the Philippine Society? TASK 2 a. Read the following: The Three Heroes of Ibalon The epic tells the story of three Bicol heroes. Baltog, a mighty warrior of Batavara, came by chance upon the lush and virginal beauty of Ibalon. Extensive in area, rich in soil, and free form typhoons, Ibalon attracted Baltog's men to found a kingdom. In the course of time, Ibalon became prosperous and peaceful. But one day, the peace and prosperity of the land was threatened not by conquering strangers or black men but by a huge man-eating wild boar. The ferocious beast destroyed the crops and killed the people on its path. Vast areas in Ibalon were soon reduced to waste and countless people were either killed or maimed. Baltog stood dumb-founded as he surveyed the depredation wrought on his kingdom. One day, Baltog left his home alone, planning to confront his enemy. Under the cover of night, he went to the muddy field to wait for his enemy. Under the cover of night, he went to the muddy field to wait for his enemy. After much waiting, when the moon was bright, the man-eating wild boar came snorting, tearing crops as it went along. Baltog hid under the bushes. When the boar came within his reach, he sprang at it like a panther. Man and beast tumbled to the ground in mortal combat. Fortunately, Baltog was able to pin down the beast and, summoning all his strength, he finally subdued the boar. Baltog’s victory put an end to a terror that had ravished his kingdom for a time. Ibalon, however, saw few years of peace. One day, huge carabaos followed by winged sharks and giant crocodiles rushed to Ibalon. Every mortal was in fright: death and destruction took a heavy toll. The mighty Baltog could no longer defend his kingdom, for the years had sapped his strength. Defenseless Ibalon had become an easy prey. Luck, however, was still with Ibalon. On that day, Handiong, a mighty warrior of the neighboring kingdom, happened to pass by Ibalon. Apprised of the plight of the people, Handiong came to their rescue. Handiong and his brave seasoned men threw themselves at their stampeding and winging wild enemies. For untold hours, Ibalon saw mortal combat. Blood flowed freely over the land and the streams. One by one the beasts were slain. Before sunset, Handiong and his men emerged the victors. Only one monster escaped Handiong’s mortal wrath; this was Oriol, the serpent who could transform itself into a beautiful woman. Handiong , however, repulsed the advances of the temptress. To save itself from extinction, Oriol struck alliance with Handiong. Through its help, the salimaws or evil spirits of the mountains were routed out. This last victory brought to an end the second threat to Ibalon’s peaceful existence. Ibalon, under Handiong’s wise administration, became rich and peaceful again. But Handiong was getting on in years and outside his domain, Rabut, was eyeing his kingdom. This monster was far more terrible, for under its spell, mortals could be changed into stones. Luck again was with Ibalon. Handiong had mighty friend, a young warrior named Bantong. Bantong, in command of a handful of men, trekked one day into the monster’s lair and found the enemy taking its nap. With cat-like agility, Bantong came near his prey and with a mighty stroke delivered mortal blows at the monster’s neck. The wounded monster writhed in agony and in his struggle for breath, the earth shuddered and cracked and the waters of the sea heaved and rolled landward. With the death throes of the monster over, the dust clouds parted and Ibalon underwent great physical change. New islets began to dot the waters near the peninsula; the Inarinan River changed its course; and a dark lake had replaced the mountain at Bato. Finally, a tall and perfect cone reared its head to lord over the leveled ruins. This perfect cone is now known as the Mayon Volcano.

com/2011/02/module-1-ibalon-reported-by-cielo-jane_3761. C. J. The Ibalon also has an account reminiscent of the blood story. Short Answer Questions: (Use separate sheet of paper for your short essays. What religious or ethical beliefs or philosophies does the author seem to favor? How can you tell? 6.) Which geographical features in the text are actual? 1. where rains poured for days and almost destroyed the whole land. What religious or ethical beliefs does the text deal with directly? Are any religions or philosophies mentioned specifically in the text? 5. To what extent has the geography limited the kind of story that can happen? 3. Miake. What behavior is considered “wrong”? How can you tell? 9. What aspects of the geography are essential to the story? And which are nonessential? 2.html . Philippine classic literature. What does it tell us about the life and times of the people who made it? 12. Organize them into one essay. b. What does the story tell us about the relationship between and among villages? TASK 3 Review your answers to the questions above. February 11).Literary Concepts: Surrealism: Life goes beyond the "real" to the "super real" including the world of dreams and unconscious and emphasizing on spontaneity feeling and sincerity. Retrieved from http://cieleymiyake. In what ways has the writer altered the geography to suit his or her purposes? Has the writer made any geographical errors? 4. What behaviors do the characters display that the author wants us to think are “right”? How can you tell? 8.blogspot. Logically group them according to topics/concepts. (2011. Who ruled the place then? What were their other roles aside from being the leaders? 11. closely linked to ROMANTICISM. Conflict: The conflict of the story was when the heroes of Ibalon fought against monsters before establishing their own village and learning to farm. What religious or ethical beliefs or philosophies does the author seem to disfavor? How can you tell? 7. What does it tell us about the form of government and armed forces of the time in which the story was made? 10.

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