A Literary Piece of Amador Daguio

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Busa, Aida Marae

Calalang, Nicudemus

Catolico, Kyla Veron

Ching, Deniece Justinne

Clet, Flavie Ann

The Wedding Dance

Amador T. Daguio


Awiyao and Lumnay is a long married couple from the Mountain tribes. Awiyao is going to marry another woman, Madulimay, because Lumnay was not able to give him a child.

Awiyao went back home to see Lumnay because he didn't find her among the dancers at his wedding. He wanted Lumnay to dance at his wedding for the last time but she cannot. On their moment, there are many flashbacks about how Lumnay did her best to have a child, through offering to the god, Kabunyan; and how Awiyao and Lumnay's love was as strong as the river; but "it is just that a man must have a
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Daguio was editor and public relations officer in various offices in government and the military. He also taught for twenty-six years at the University of the East, U.P., and Philippine Women’s University. In 1973, six years after his death, Daguio was conferred the Republic Cultural Heritage Award.


Tribal Law/Cultural norms

Cultural norms have always been used as an excuse to control the behavior of people. They can be constricting and oppressive though it was probably not initially the intention of the practices.

• Tribal Marriage

is a civil contract of undefined duration among ifugaos. It may last a month, a year, a decade, or until the death of one of the parties to it. It has no essential connection to tribal religion.

No promises are made by the contracting parties to each other or to anybody else. Nor do the contracting parties take any part in any religious ceremonials or in any marriage ceremonials of any kind. Marriage may be terminated at any time by mutual agreement. However, since it is considered as a contract, if either party terminates the marriage against the will of the other, the injured party has the right to assess and collect damages.

In the Story

Lumnay did not attend the festivities of Awiyao's wedding. This is a way of defying a custom. Weddings are joyous occasions that all people should celebrate, and Lumnay's

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