HISTORY AND CULTURAL LIFE
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF
This narrative consists of three parts, the first dealing with the Municipal District of Lacub (Poblacion), the second with the Barrio of Lablabinag, and the third with the Barrio of Bacag. It is the efforts of the three public school teachers of Bacag Elementary School, namely, Mr. Jaime Ola, Mr. Romulo Timbreza, and Miss Agustina Alcantara.
Since no written records were available, they had to resort to information given by old people who were in a position fo furnish the data desired.
HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL LIFE OF THE
MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF LACUB
PROVINCE OF ABRA
Kayong - Capitan Municipal
Tumbaga - Capitan Municipal
Baya-Baya - Capitan Municipal
A place called Aguingan was believed to be where gold and precious beads were hidden by their forefathers, but until now, none had been unearthed.
A flood which the people named Ablogan destroyed many rice fields and many animals about the latter part of the Spanish regime, a day after the storm and earthquake occurred which caused landslides that buried more rice fields and animals. This earthquake lasted for one and one-half day continuously.
A guerrilla unit composed of more than one hundred well-armed men under the command of Major Walter Cushing and some other Americans raided the Japanese headquarters at Lamonan. In this raid, they were successful that Major Cushing moved to Apayao and never returned.
After a week, many Japanese soldiers went to Lacub. They tortured persons by beating them with pieces of wood and by making them drink jars of water. One of them finally revealed the place where the Americans evacuated. He guided them to this place and surprised the Americans there. The three Americans who surrendered to the Japanese were Capt. Feriam, Captain Stephen, and Lt. Ordon.
In 1944, a guerrilla named Dozon came to Lacub and executed several persons. Rich people saved their lives by giving him a hundred of grams of gold or a thousand pesos of Philippine money.
Once a child is born, the parents must give a party in celebraton of its birth. They give the baby a name selected from the names of their brave and strong forefathers.
Since the marriage is through parental agreement, no courtship is observed. Both parties make an arrangement on how much the female party gets as a dowry. The contract, thus, made was signed by the two contracting parties.
If a well-to-do person dies, the remains are left unburied for a week or more. Seated on a chair at the middle of the house, the dead person is the center of celebration and ceremony.
A funeral oration is dellivered by a person who represents the dead, advising his family and asking the cooperation of the peopie of the locality to help them in some of their undertakings.
When they are visited by a close relative or an official, they usually give a party. After the meal, they bring out the gong and play. They let the visitor dance the "tadec."
During parties, they love to sing the "Oggayam." In changed verse, they also love to tell about their life in what they call the "Paliwat."
Any person found guilty was often exposed under the hot sun.
There is a handsome young man who lives at Bawao. He is fond of pretty girls. At night, he goes to the house of the girl he is courting and grabs her or throws stone at her. In order to elude him ,she must go to other places, for if she does not, she may become pregnant and die at delivery.
All young men do not eat the legs, lungs, heart and liver of any animal so that they may be able to run fast. When one dreams that the moon is shining overhead, it is believed that he may meet an accident in the future; but when the moon is in the east or west, a relative dies.
Ayo then lighted the lamp and found that it was her husband. "Why are you very boyok (foul odor)?" she asked. Wadagan answered her, "Boyokboyokbek." Ayo was frightened. She untied her necklace and dropped it under the house. With her husband's permission, she went to pick it up. She then commanded the post, wall and floor to say "wait" if Wadagan called for her. But as soon as she got down from the house, she ran as fast as she could to her parents in an adjoining barrio near their kaingin. When the dead Wadagan could not wait for her, he went down and found that Ayo was gone. He sniffed at the four directions and followed her. He ran as fast as he could and nearly caught her had not her father closed the door very quickly. He demanded for his wife, but her parents replied, "Wait for her. We shall dress her nicely so she may be delicious to eat." They were, however, heating a piece of iron. When it was very hot, the old man thrust it into Wadagan's mouth and with the noise "Clink, Clink,” he disappeared.
THE ORIGIN OF RICE
2. There "He says, but has no eyes." (Pointing finger}
1. If there is patience, there is always success.
2. If your cow is untamed, give it plenty of salt.
3. Leam to labor and to wait.
Since during the early days, there were no calendars, and watches birds and shadows were the means of measuring time.
When a hombill (calao) says "calao cao," it is dawn already. When you are in the forest where the sun is unseen, just listen to the sound of the wild bird named Piyat. When it says "piyat, piyat," it is getting dark or around 5:30 p.m.