Download Citation on ResearchGate | ETHICAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY IN THE IBALON EPIC | Epic is ordinarily thought as a literary genre that extols. “Ibalon is one of the only two epics that come from Christian Filipinos (the other one being the “Biag ni Lam-ang). The rest come from the non-Christian groups. 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 .

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The plague of the land, he was also known as the great liar. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Josephine Acosta Pasricha Indologist. The oldest existing account of it is written in Spanish. The Buring was a one-eyed, three-throated creature which inhabited the swampy wastes of Ponong. Si Baltog ay matanda na upang makilaban. This article needs more links to other articles to help integrate it into the encyclopedia.

Nalaman ni Bantong na sa araw ay tulog na tulog si Rabut.

At last, as soon as he saw it, he fearlessly wrestled with it, with all his might. To him, Handiong entrusted the job of getting rid of Rabot, a fierce monster, who was half-man and half-beast.

Out in the great sea, Baltog encountered a strong wind and huge waves that destroyed his boat. May nagtangkang pumatay sa kanya subalit sinamang palad na naging bato. Some of these oral accounts indicated such a transformation.


The Journal of History, Volumes Because of this, Oryol helped Handyong clear the region of ferocious beasts until peace came to the whole of the land. I want to have dpic place for me and my people.

By selflessly devoting himself inalon the welfare of his people, a bayani shows himself worthy of the respect and admiration people give to him. In the epic, Tandayag was the boar slew by Baltog. People were asking who will fight against Rabot.

The epic is celebrated through street performances and floats on Ibalong Festival in Legazpi City, Bicol region since Although given a thousand men to destroy the half man and half beast Rabot, who could change its enemies into rocks, Bantong slew it single-handedly — to the loud cheers of his thousand warriors that reverberated throughout the forests and mangroves swamps. The epic is set in the land of Aslon and Ibalong.

Ibalon (English version of epic from Bicol) A long, long time ago

Among other pursuits is the cultivation of upland and lowland crops, the construction of dwellings on tall trees, the creation of the first boat in the region, the making of utensils, tools, and wares, but most importantly, the invention of writing. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Please help improve this article by adding links that are relevant to the context within the existing text.

Ibalon is a perfect place for me inalon my people. Nabalitaan ito ni Bantong at inihandog niya ang sarili kay Handiong upang siyang pumatay kay Rabut.


Nothing is mentioned about gods in the epic except perhaps in passing, Onosthe god of dpic. Torn apart from the mainland was Malbogon, now an islet, where lived two witches named Hilan and Lariong. Then, the serpent helped the hero to conquer the monsters, thus restoring peace to the entire Ibalong.

Ibalon: A Bicolano Epic – Summer Chronicles

Folk history or not, this epic is valuable for it enabled the Bikolanos of today to gain valuable insights into the misty past of their land and their ancestors. Kimantong is attributed to have been the first Bikolano to fashion the rudder called timonthe sail called layagthe plow called aradothe harrow called surodthe ganta and other measures, the roller, the yoke, the boloand the hoe.

Nalunod ang maraming tao. They came from Boltavarasettling and ruling Bikolandia and its inhabitants. The volcanoes of Hantik, Kulasi and Isarog erupted.

The Ibalon

Nang kumati ang tubig, iba na ang anyo ng Ibalon. Handiong and Baltog taught their people several home industries to make a living. Also portrayed in the epic is the concept ibaln social class, of slaves and masters.