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) and Ibalon in Bicol (a southern Luzon dialect) . The term ullalim is sometimes used today to refer to that style of song, but the real ullalim is the epic poem of the Kalinga people. An article I read says that the singer would dress up in brilliant, flashy clothes like the hero described in the story.
The sun keep on shining high
With sweet and tender smiles
As melody of rhythm fill the sky
with scents of joy more than mile.
We need to breath to live
to see the the birds to fly
To feel the wind to leave
To let our dreams go by
A BURNING MOUNTAIN
Early morning, I greeted the day with smile
A TRIBUTE to a LEADER
Ex. B.Captain NOEL WANASON
by: melvin banggollay
FREEDOM IS..., FREEDOM IS NEVER
Heavenly Father, unto thee I fervently offer
My gratitude for the blessings you've delivered
Unto me who behold a life of a humble teacher
For without thy grace and mercy for me a sinner
WHAT I AM IS GOD’S GIFT, WHAT I BECOME IS MY GIFT TO GOD
What I am is God’s gift, what I become is my gift to God tells us that our own body and the life that breath in our body is God’s precious gift to us but what this body can become and what sense or impact of our being as a person to others and to God is our gift to the Almighty. Our own body and life is our own gift from God on the day of our creation from womb till we joined this world to become what we want to mirror in this journey of life. God has given us all the provisions to live and all the faculties we need to grow as a person. He gave us a body strong enough to withstand trials of life like illness, sorrows and pains to keep us not so much fragile to anything that we can paint our own journey in this life. No doubt the life we breath is indeed God’s most precious gift to all of us. Precious than anything like glittering gold or diamonds. Our life is really beyond compare being the ultimate reasons God had created this world and the very reason why He gave his only begotten Son to secure and protect such gift to all of us. Truly, our own life is our gift from God but what we become as a person is our gift in return to God.
I love poetry there is no doubt about it. I was born in a poor family but nurtured with humility, Tendered and cared with simplicity by parents whose hands showed me the joy of life and all its glory amidst great life pains along the way of making me a man, I am today as a lover of peace and harmony as an advocate of nature's ecology and a soul searching God's beauty. I am presently residing at Tabuk, Kalinga, Philippines and presently working at the Department of Trade and Industry as a senior specialist.However, I was born at Saliok, Natonin, Mountain Province, Philippines to a poor family. I was able to finish my degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting and management at St. Mary's University, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines as an scholar of the National integration Study Grant Program (NISGP) sponsored by the Department of Education and National Student Loan Center, Philippines. I owed my success to my parents unending support, love and concern to my every undertaking. I also earned my Master of Public Adminstration (MPA) at Kalinga-Apayao State College. I entered the government service since 1991 after earning my degree. I was once a clerk, college instructor, financial analyst and as a training and program specialist at the Department of Trade and Industry where I am now connected. I may not have Sharepares's tongue That can elicit the winds commands But I have a heart and a sublime mind That can go even far what is beyond To bring the light of my magical wand To inspire and give joy to anyone. For more info: visit this web http//www.frienster.com/melvin-banggollay www.diwangakingkaluluwa/blogspot.com or www.kalinga123.multiply.com Melvin Banggollay Tabuk, Kalinga, Philippines)
I Am A Filipino
I AM A FILIPINO
I am a Filipino, in blood and spirit
born from immortal seeds of heroes
Whose heart were willing to commit
their lives to fight any kind of foes
even those that has the power to spit
the nation of my birth with volcanoes
of fire and balls of cannon that can split
thy land unto tiny dusts to unseen echoes.
I am a Filipino, proud of my humble roots
of a gentle loving and valiant Malayan spirit
land been conquered but never surrendered
the culture of its birth and ancestor's merit
of great love for country that can't be toppled
even by nation with powers that can delete
this land out of the face of this great world
as all thy children vow to die with all valor
to defend the pride and honor of the Filipinos.