The story was handed down orally for generations before it was written down around assumedly by a blind Ilokano bard named Pedro Bucaneg. They had a son named Lam-ang. Before Lam-ang was born, Don Juan went to the mountains in order to punish a group of their Igorot enemies. While he was away, his son Lam-ang was born. It took four people to help Namongan give birth. As soon as the baby boy popped out, he spoke and asked that he be given the name Lam-ang.
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It is notable for being the first Philippine folk epic to be recorded in written form, and was one of only two folk epics documented during the Philippines' Spanish Colonial period, along with the Bicolano epic of Handiong.
As oral literature, the poem is believed to have originated in pre-colonial times, evolving as it is passed on from poet to poet and generation to generation.
Arsenio Manuel instead attributes its first written documentation to Fr. Blanco of Narvacan, working with the publicist and folklorist Isabelo de los Reyes. The poem is sometimes attributed to the blind Ilocano poet-preacher Pedro Bucaneg, who supposedly dictated it so that it could be written down.
Some texts, such as Celedonio Aguilar's Readings in Philippine Literature Rex Bookstore, even state that this transcription occurred in  - long after Bukaneg is believed to have died. Instead, historian E. Arsenio Manuel attributes the first written documentation of Biag Ni Lam-ang to the parish priest of the municipality Narvacan Fr. Gerardo Blanco and to publicist and folklorist Isabelo de los Reyes.
It was Fr. Blanco who sent the text of the poem to De Los Reyes, who then published the text, in Ilocano, along with a Spanish prose translation, in his paper, the El Ilocano, to Lam-ang is an extraordinary being, manifesting when he begins to speak in his early years, thus enabling him to choose his own name.
His adventures begin when his father, Don Juan, set out for a battle but never returned. At barely nine months, Lam-ang goes 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 allows him to go. Lam-ang then goes off in search of his father, leaving his grieving mother behind.
He sees his father beheaded and the head put on a spike. While the headhunters are celebrating, in his anger, he challenges all of them to a duel. The headhunters throw spears at him, but he just catches it and throws it back to them. He defeats the headhunters, kills them all and takes his father's head down to the plains.
After he went down the plains, he decided to bath in the Amburayan River, which the local gals helped him bathe.
The dirt is so gross that fishes and animals died upon contact of the water. Upon arriving home, Lam-ang decides to court his love interest, Ines Kannoyan who lives in Calanutian Kanluit. Aiding him are his magical pets, a cat in other versions, no cat , a dog, and a rooster. The bird flaps its wings and a house toppled over. This feat amazes everyone present, especially Ines.
Invited to lunch with the family of Ines, Lam-ang impresses her parents with his wealth and upon returning, he gives the family two golden ships. After his death due to being eaten by a huge fish, Lam-ang's bones are recovered and he is resurrected with the help of his magical pets.
Ines is ordered by the rooster to wrap the bones with her tapis while the hen flapped its wings and the dog growled. In an instant, Lam-ang is happily reunited with his wife.
Biag ni Lam-ang , though dominated by action and tragedy, nonetheless contained some comedic points. A prominent example is the scene in which Lam-ang was on his way home.
He passes by the Amburayan River identified by some as the biggest river in Ilocos [ who? The dirt and blood that came off from his body causes the death of the river's fish, crabs, and shrimp.
As he is bathing, some of the maidens who were present at the river gladly attend to him. The tale of Lam-ang, as a story passed on for generations as oral literature and recorded well into the Philippines' Spanish Colonial period, is notable for incorporating Roman Catholic Christian elements in its story, such as references by the characters of Lam-ang and Ines Kannoyan to marriage as a sacrament.
Folklorist Mellie Leandicho Lopez notes that ' later versions of the epic differ from the early texts due to the addition of more Christian and Spanish elements in the adventures of the Culture hero Lam-Ang. Although most of the thematic scholarship regarding the Biag ni Lam-ang have focused on the evolving Roman Catholic influences of the epic, some Philippine textbooks  have suggested that it may have been influenced by Hindu epics the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Philippine anthropologists and historiographers such as F. Landa Jocano suggest that such Hindu influences probably arrived in the Philippines through the extensive trade local cultures had with the Majapahit empire during the 14th through 16th centuries,    although earlier scholars such as Juan R. Francisco and Josephine Acosta Pasricha had suggested earlier dates for this influence, during the 9th to 10th century AD.
In , a film adaptation of the story of Lam-ang was made. It was originally intended to be a TV series, but it was later decided to turn it into a film adaptation by Gabriel Lorenzo Quizon instead. Lam Ang Biag ni Lam - Ang story is about a boy who was very extraordinary.
He started to talk at a very young age and he is the one who choose his name. The characters in the story were of course Lam - Ang the magical one and his love interest the beautiful Ines Kannoyan.
His father named Don Juan Shortly after, Namongan became pregnant and Don Juan performed thevarious tasks needed to prepare for the birth. Don Juan sets out to engage into a fight with thecheckered Igorots.
One day Don Juan left his pregnant wife and go to the mountains to punish a group of Igorot. While heading to the mountains they were born of Namongan a boy. So strange Recited and written in the original Iloko, the poem is believed to be a composite work of various poets who passed it on through the generations, and was first transcribed Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates.
The Life of Lam-ang
Namongan gives birth to Lam-ang , a baby of incredible strength and courage. The boy asks his mother about his father's whereabouts and learns that he has gone to fight the Igorot. Lam-ang arms himself with charms and decides to look for his father. From a dream, he learns that his father Don Juan Panganiban had been killed by the Igorot. Later, Lam-ang finds the Igorot in a "sagang", a feast celebrating a successful headhunting expedition.
Biag ni Lam-ang
It is notable for being the first Philippine folk epic to be recorded in written form, and was one of only two folk epics documented during the Philippines' Spanish Colonial period, along with the Bicolano epic of Handiong. As oral literature, the poem is believed to have originated in pre-colonial times, evolving as it is passed on from poet to poet and generation to generation. Arsenio Manuel instead attributes its first written documentation to Fr. Blanco of Narvacan, working with the publicist and folklorist Isabelo de los Reyes.