Biag Ni Lam Ang Story

Topics: Pedro Bucaneg, Biag ni Lam-ang, Ilokano literature Pages: 12 (547 words) Published: July 16, 2015
SHORT STORY:
BIAG NI LAM-ANG (THE LIFE OF LAM-ANG)

AUTHOR
Pedro Bukaneg:Father of Ilokano Literature
Pedro Bukaneg is one of the colorful figures in
the history of the Philippines, particularly in the
annals of Samtoy (ancient name of Ilocos, or
Ylukon to the neighboring regions). From meager
written sources and abundant oral traditions,
biographers are able to weave the elusive strands
of his life and remarkable achievements. They
rhapsodized him as the first Ilokano man-ofletters.

As Bukaneg reached manhood, he proved to be
a remarkable Ilokano who was well liked and
appreciated by the Augustinian friars. A gifted
linguist, he mastered Latin, Spanish, Ilokano and
Itneg (Tinggian) languages.
The authorship of Biag ni Lam-ang, the famous
Ilokano epic, was attributed to him by some
authors. This was, however, a disputed issue. For
the epic poem, containing 294 stanzas, about
1,500 lines, and the syllables of each line range
from six to 12, was chanted by the Ilokano folks
since pre-Spanish times.

OTHER LITERARY WORK

Kaputotan ni Pedro Bucaneg
Maibunubon, 
Agrusing ket tumanor latta 
Iti minuyongan ti kasaluyotan
Sumarsaruno a kaputotan Ni Pedro Bucaneg.
Ta uray saanton nga agtaraok 
Dagiti kawitan iti parbangon
Malukagto latta ni Saluyot
Baet narnekan a turog
Ket idaniwnanto lattat’ kinasaluyotna.
Agbukar a kas maysa a rosas
Iti hardin ti prosa ken literatura
Agsantak ket agadiwara ti banglona
Ket tagibenennanto ti talugading
A tawidna ken Pedro Bucaneg.
Wen, maisarusar latta dagiti bin-i a binatog
Maitukit ket agrusing iti muging dagiti tumantanor a mannaniw.

PLOT OF BIAG NI LAM-ANG
Lam-ang was an extraordinary being,
manifesting in his early years when he started to
speak, thus enabling him to choose his own
name. His adventure began when his father, Don
Juan, set out for a battle but never returned. At
barely nine months, he went to search for Don
Juan in the highlands where the latter was said to
have gone. Aware that her child was a blessed,
exceptional creature, 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
purportedly 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 caveat and
bravely fought with the chieftain and his
tribesmen. The hero emerged victorious from the
battle with little effort, finally avenging his
murdered father.

CHARACTERS OF THE STORY
Lam-ang - the son of Don Juan and Namongan
 
Don Juan - the father of Lam-ang 
Namongan - wife of Don Juan 
Ines Kannoyan - wife of Lam-ang 
Sumarang - the enemy of Lam-ang
Marcos – the diver who retrieves and recovers
the bones of Lam-ang

SETTING OF THE STORY
In the town of Malbuan, in the rich valley of the
Naguilian river.

THEME OF THE STORY
Childhood is not a hindrance to Success.

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