MELVIN BANGGOLLAY Poems
Ullalim, The Epic Of Love Of The Maducayan
ULLALIM, THE EPIC OF LOVE OF THE MADUCAYAN
By Melvin Banggollay Jr.
An ullalim epic is a traditional music and poetry form of the Philippines. These are long chanted stories passed down for hundreds of years that tell the exploits of heroes. They are classics of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. The most skilled poets would memorize epic cycles that took two to four days to recite during all-night dramatic performances. Two examples of precolonial (before the Spanish came) epics that survive today are Biag ni Lam-ang (Legend of Lamang) in Ilocano (a northern Luzon dialect) ...
Once More In Memory
ONCE MORE IN MEMORY
Once more in memory I vividly see
The golden moment with my daddy
When I was engulfed by his body
While telling his life's great journey