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|How Tamblot Could Have Tricked the Spanish Friar|
|Written by apocarthinic|
|Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:43|
Why Didn’t I think Of That?
How Tamblot could have tricked the friar
SINCE I learned the story of how Tamblot, the diwatahan of Malabago defeated the Spanish friar, I have ceaselessly wondered.
Was it indeed some act of magic owing to his being a tambalan or is the story just a concoction of some pregnant minded historian to make fun of the old people.
The historical fact is, in the battle as to who should have religious jurisdiction over the community in Malabago, the Spanish friar who offers Christianity lost in the contest against Tamblot. The two were facing off as to who between them and their gods, could produce rice and wine from bamboo.
(excerpt from the Tamblot Musicale performed for Abatan Tours)
Ug pila ra bay sugilanon,
Nag-abat ang duha ka gahum
Nagkalalis sila kon kinsa sa duha
ka diyos ang makamugna
Bugas ug imnonong tuba,
Gikan sa bagakay nga binugha.
Kon kamo kahay pangutan-on
Asa man kamo motapon,
Sa Katsilang pari’ng bungoton
Ug sa bikiri’ng (tambalan) di paulipon.
Of course, when Tamblot was able to do so, with a little pause and incantation.
This ultimately enraged the friar as he could only break as much bamboos but rice and wine never poured from the nodes.
In his anger, the bearded priest ordered Tamblot banished from Malabago and the poor hero has to cross the river and permanently settle in Tupas and Viga area. But that is not the point we are driving here.
The point is, was Tamblot able to magically summon the power of the anitos and diwatas of Abatan, or was it just trickery as what the bearded missionary would tell?
As a new generation Boholano, a keen study of the old people’s ways however would ignite in you the possibility that indeed, Tamblot tricked the friar and lived to tell it (with enough gusto; read estoryang hinubog)
COMBINATION OF BAMBOO AND RICE
As what Cortesanon has been claiming ever since, Tamblot was conversant of the ways of the forest having had escaped through the dense forests of Loboc and Sikatuna to Malabago.
The journey, on un-established trails would possibly take one a day to complete. This means one has to skip meals, or pick food from the forests as he comes across them. Too bad.
The other option is to bring provisions. Rice. Water or wine. In crude receptacles.
When I was a kid and I would go with my father to Uhan to cut bamboo. That time, we would bring with us a can of rice.
At Uhan and after a grueling day of cutting bamboos, my father would select a slender node of the bongbong (another kind of bamboo and akin to bagacay) cut it an inch away from the top node and pour the can of rice in there.
Next, he would dip the cut bamboo node with rice into the stream, allowing water to flow into the rice.
Then he would tightly cover the open end with another cutting, this one enough to keep the collected water from spilling.
When that is done, he starts a fire by gathering kindlings and dead bamboo cuttings. He would then throw the bamboo node with rice into the fiery blaze and the waiting begins.
One does not need to be keenly observant as the green bongbong turns black with soot and in a few minutes, the bamboo breaks in the heat.
As it does, (believe me, this sometimes produces a loud popping sound) the rice is evenly cooked inside and it smells like pinaisan.
Molded by the bongbong, what you will have is a gigantic inumow as big as a suman dinumugan from Jagna. Yummy.
That is the better end of the bamboo and rice combination.
COMBINATION OF BAMBOO AND WINE
For the sober Cortesanon, this doesn’t even need an explanation.
But just in case some young teens could not fathom the terminologies of old, let us attempt to elucidate here.
Tuba gatherers or manangguite sometimes called manananggot all over Cortes would attest, tuba in that bamboo container tastes definitely better that that in a B and D (Bok-on or Di?) or D and B (Di-Bok-on) glass or plastic gallon of soy-sauce.
In tagayans, the usual container of the tuba would be a spoke-shaved hungot (three-quarters of a whole coconut shell, or paja (half of the shell).
But in a long journey, a kawit, that which a tuba gatherer slings on his shoulders when ascending his sanggutan, or the sogong, that bamboo receptacle a manangguite or manananggot would use to collect the sap from the young fruit shoot (butay) of the coconut would be most handy.
Or even a smaller version would do. Nothing better than tuba when one is thirsty. (ajaw lang nang sinanggutan sa tubod kay makaige ta?)
For a journeying man, bringing either of the two would be foolhardy, although not as entirely crazy as it was the practical way top do it then.
And if Tamblot was able to make that bamboo which he was apparently carrying with him, bleed with red wine, it certainly was a cause of celebration for the pagans, and to the disgust of the friar.
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