*Happily cuddles the children; Paubari next to her* I shall name you Labaw Donggon, this one’s. Humadapnon and you, Dumalapdap. Buyung Paubari: My dear. The musical revolves around Labaw Donggon, a demigod in an epic poem called the Hinilawod from the island of Panay in the Philippines. It chronicles his . Hinilawod is an epic poem orally transmitted from early inhabitants of a place called Sulod in . When he reached adulthood, Labaw Donggon, the eldest of the triplets, decided to go on a quest to find himself a wife. He heard of the beauty of.

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Labaw Donggon is one of three handsome sons of the “diwata” Abyang Alunsina and her mortal husband Buyung Paubari, the other two being Humadapnon and Dumalapdap.

Being of semi-divine birth, the three possess extraordinary powers.

Labaw Donggonfor instance, miraculously grows into a sturdy young man shortly after his birth and embarks upon the first of his three courting adventures. The first object of his affections is Abyang Ginbitinan, dongvon lives “by the mouth of Handog, by the river Halawud. This is done, the dowry is agreed upon and given, the wedding is held. Not long after his wedding to Ginbitinan, Labaw Donggon hears about another beautiful woman, Anggoy Doronoon, of the underworld, and conceives a desire to court her.


So he visits her and wins her without any difficulty. Presumably [the text does not say so] he stays with her for a while and then returns to Handog. Very soon, however, Labaw Donggon is again restless with desire for another woman. This time he chooses a married woman, Malitung Yawa Sinagmaling Diwata, “who resides where the brilliant light of the sun starts,” for she is the wife of Saragnayan, who takes charge of the course of the sun.

Labaw Donggon dresses in donggno best, as usual, and after gazing into a “crystal ball” to know how Malitung Yawa looks, sails upward in his magic boat to the land of the sun.

His coming is, however, detected by Saragnayan, who intercepts him. But though Labaw Donggon submerges Saragnayan into the water for seven years and puts him on top of a stone and beats him with coconut trunks, he cannot kill Saragnayan.

After many years of fighting, Labaw Donggon weakens and Saragnayan eventually defeats him, binds his arms and feet, and puts him inside a pig pen below his kitchen.

Meanwhile, in Handog, Anggoy Ginbitinan has borne a son, Asu Mangga, who asks his mother about his father. And down below in the underworld, Anggoy Doronoon has also given birth to a son, Buyung Baranugun. Though his umbilical cord is still uncut, Baranugun asks about his kabaw and insists that his mother allow him to search for him.

He dresses up and asks his mother for his poisoned arrow “which with one shot pierces through seven men. Ginbitinan warns him that he is likely to meet his young brother and that if he does, they should not fight each other.


The brothers do meet, Asu Mangga riding on a magic boat and Baranugun walking on the sea. The latter joins his brother in his magic boat and they plan their search. Looking into the crystal ball, they learn labae whereabouts of their father and see the pitiful state into which he has dongon By invoking the power of their “pamlang”, the boat is able to soar to the Land of the Morning Sun.

Their arrival does not escape the notice of Saragnayan who wonders who they may be.

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There they wash their father clean until he is handsome once more. Labaw Donggon tells them of his long and futile fight with Saragnayan. The two sons then shout their challenge to Saragnayan — ten times. It is so loud that Saraganayan loses his labad.

Labaw Donggon ng Hinilawod

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