Kalampay Sugidanon (Epics) of Panay Book 5

Beauty, a joy forever and the contest of men. Imagine an alluring maiden bathing by the seaside and watched from afar by a handsome envious man from the underworld. Read the Kalampay and the thrilling long sea journeys to Lim-awun, the paradise underworld to rescue Matan-ayon. Feel the dangerous experience of diving down through the Panibyungan, the great waterfall. Read how two powerful men, Labaw Donggon and Masangladon came face-to-face to vie for the beautiful woman. Who will finally win Matan-ayon’s hand?

About the Chanter and the Researchers

Federico “Tuohan” Caballero

Birth: December 25, 1938
Federico Caballero was born seventy-six years ago near the stream of the river Pan-ay at the border of Masaroy, Calinog, and Tapaz, Capiz. A Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) Awardee for the year 2000, he comes from a long family line of epic chanters. Such exposures harnessed his skill and love for epic chanting (sugidanun) at an early age. In SY 2000–2001, together with Dr. Alicia P. Magos, he helped pioneer the first School for Living Tradition (SLT) in the Visayas located in Barangay Garangan, on the border of Tapaz, Capiz, and Calinog, Iloilo. In that informal weekend schooling, by co-monitoring he was also assisted by his talented wife Lucing and his siblings in teaching epic chanting together with the other arts.

Alicia P. Magos

Professor Emeritus, UP Visayas
Dr. Magos, a sociocultural anthropologist by profession, started work on the epics almost twenty-five years ago. Her interest in the indigenous people started with her early exposure on their Negrito workers and later on the mountain dwellers of Central Panay—the Panay Bukidnon—in 1992. Her long mountain treks on the rugged mountains of Panay started in 1988. She is also a multi-awarded professor and now Professor Emeritus.

Anna Razel Limoso-Ramirez
Rara as she is fondly called scanned the interior mountain of Tapaz, Capiz, and Calinog, Iloilo in the early 1990s as assistant to Dr. Alicia P. Magos. A graduate of UP Visayas and an indefatigable field researcher, she has endeared herself to the family of Anggoran (Precios Caballero), a binukot (kept maiden) chanter, whose children all know how to chant and who recorded the Suguidanon of Panay. Limoso-Ramirez is also the project coordinator for the publication of the ten epics of Panay.