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The world-famous Lanzones of Camiguin Island. PNA photo

Camiguin Island: Legend of the Lanzones

(Second of three parts)

You’ll be captivated by the curious lanzones lore as told by townsfolk dancing to its narration — the tale of Buahanan — the regular theme of the province’s lanzones dance parade.

Buahanan is the local name of lanzones in Camiguin.

According to the legend, two kids followed a big hornbill into the forest not knowing it was the Tagbusaw, an evil creature that preys on children.

The other child was abducted deep into the woods. Hearing this, the Manobo, or the earliest settlers of Camiguin, performed rituals for the child’s release, but to no avail.

The creature was only angered further.

Left with no other recourse, the tribesmen, through their meriko (ritualist), sought the help of diwatas. The fairies gave the village folk a bunch of golden fruits, which was then called Buahanan, and instructed them to give it as offering to Tagbusaw.

Tagbusaw accepted the fruits and released the child, and since then the island dwellers grew and paid homage to Buahanan. A folk tale or not, Buahanan is a blessing for the people of Camiguin.

Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdez said with Camiguin lanzones in demand in Mindanao and Cebu, the supply is sometimes too depleted to even reach Manila, more so abroad. (To be continued)

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