Jan Kenneth S. Bulan IV St.
The Life of Lam-ang An epic poem put into written language by Pedro Bucaneg Lam-ang was born able to speak, enabling him to choose his own name. His father, Don Juan, set out for a battle but never returned. At barely nine months, Lam-ang went to search for Don Juan in the highlands where he was said to have gone. Aware that her child was a blessed, exceptional being, 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 supposedly 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 warning and bravely fought with the chieftain and his tribesmen. He emerged victorious from the battle with little effort, finally avenging his murdered father. Lam-ang, upon arriving home, decided to court his love interest, Ines Kannoyan. Despite his mother s disapproval, he followed his heart and set off again on another journey to his love. He faced one of Ines suitors and various monsters, but again was able to vanquish them with ease. Aiding him were his magical pets, a dog and a rooster. The bird flapped its wings and a house toppled over. This feat amazed everybody present, especially Ines. Then, Lam-ang s dog barked and the house rose up and rebuilt itself. Being invited to the lunch of the family of Ines, Lam-ang impressed Ines parents with his wealth and upon returning he gave the family two golden ships. Their wedding was celebrated with a lot of feasting. After the wedding Lam-ang was tasked to catch some fish in the Amburayan River and when he dove into the water he went straight into the mouth of the Berkakan, a river monster. His wife was deeply anguished. The old diver Lacay Marcos was fetched to get the bones of Lam-ang excreted by the Berkakan. Lam-ang's bones were recovered and he was resurrected with the help of his magical pets. Ines was ordered to wrap the bones with her tapis while the rooster flapped its wings and the dog was growling. In an instant, Lam-ang was happily reunited with his wife.