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Shvoong Home>Books>Classic Literature>Biag ni Lam-ang (Life of Lam-ang) Review

Biag ni Lam-ang (Life of Lam-ang)

Book Review   by:BALAS     Original Author: Unknown
The story dates its origin during the pre-Spanish period of the Philipines. It is one of the greatest 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 Northern Provinces of the Philippines. The story is a mix of adventure and romance with exciting and unpredictable outcomes. 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 began 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 pole that was stuck in the ground which was a scene that he had dreamed before reaching the place. Lam-ang then demanded to know the reason why did that happen to his father but he did not receive an answer, instead he was demanded by the chieftain of the village to go or else he would receive the same faith 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 his 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 the death of fishes, crabs, shrimps in the river. She was gladly attended by some of the women who saw him. 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 monsters. 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. Lam-ang’s rooster flapped its wings and a house toppled. This amazed everybody, especially Ines. Then, Lam-ang’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 premonitioned. 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 tapis while the hen flaps its wings and the dog growling. In an instant Lam-ang 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 already part of life.
Published: January 18, 2008   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    what is the difference between the excerpt the life of lam ang and the story of lam ang? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    same to you Tuesday, July 01, 2014
  1. Answer   Question  :    what are the characteristic of lam-ang in this story? View All
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  1. Answer   Question  :    WHAt is the 3 pets of Lam-ang ? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    rooster,dog and a golden ship Monday, January 27, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    don juan and his wife namongan Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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  1. Answer  :    isang masugid na manliligaw ni ines kannoyan..ryt? Thursday, January 17, 2013
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  1. 10. marie vell q.palmes

    aralin panlipunan

    thise epic are cool............

    2 Rating Friday, June 14, 2013
  2. 9.


    this story is real?

    2 Rating Friday, March 16, 2012
  3. 8. jopay aguilar


    i really love this epic..not only bcos of the story but the name of the character himself..he reminds me of someone out der at pangasinan..anyway,im very proud to be ILOCANO!!

    1 Rating Monday, September 19, 2011
  4. 7. dsf


    pls write the real story

    2 Rating Monday, September 12, 2011
  5. 6. rufa


    what you like most in lam ang

    2 Rating Friday, August 19, 2011
  6. 5. jerome carl


    ang liit naman!

    2 Rating Tuesday, July 12, 2011
  7. 4. be me

    post the story, the whole story

    why are u not posting the story, i have to search it because its our assignment..... i really need it or else i will have no grade..... please.... post it i really need it....

    9 Rating Thursday, November 04, 2010
  8. 3. Indigo02

    answer this please

    Please identify the culture and traditions of Ilocano that are in the story...need it immediately

    13 Rating Thursday, November 27, 2008
  9. 2. Magdalo

    about some parts of the review

    ..Knowing that he is blessed with extraordinary well being, her mother, Namongan, allowed her to go... His mother never allowed him to go. ..He was sent to catch a gigantic shell.. He was to get a rarang, which is a fish, not a shell.

    14 Rating Monday, August 18, 2008
  10. 1. belinda estonilo

    biag ni lam-ang

    may i know the ilocano version of biag ni lam-ang? pls....

    10 Rating Thursday, April 10, 2008