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UP Press launches Book 5 of Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay

The University of the Philippines Press launched Kalampay, Book 5 of the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay on May 27, 2016 at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman Quezon City. Kalampay was launched with 13 new other titles published by the UP Press.

UP Press Director J. Neil Garcia and Prof. Jerry Los Baños presented the book to Anna Razel L. Ramirez, Associate Researcher and overall project coordinator for publications of the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay.

Kalampay tells the story of Matan-ayon (Ayon), the beautiful wife of Labaw Donggon (Abaw), who was lured to the go to the protruding back of the kalampay (crab), which posed as a little island with inviting ripe betel nut trees. The kalampay was sent by the powerful Masangladon, a man who is interested with Matan-ayon and who lives in Panibyungan – a place underneath that leads to the seaworld.

Federico Caballero chanted Kalampay, which was researched more than 20 years ago by anthropologist and UP Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia Magos and associate researcher, Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. The book published the epic chants which were translated into the nearest Kinaray-a, Filipino and English.

Suguidanon is a long narrative delivered in the form of chants and tells stories about romance and battles in a maritime setting. Probably one of the longest in Southeast Asia, the publication of the Suguidanon was made possible through the support of UP Visayas administration and the University of the Philippines System.

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