BAGO ORIGINS – The Tale of Two Sapo

Bago Origins

By: Ferdinand Ammang Anno

Union Theological Seminary,  July 2014

The Bagos are a people whose traditional homeland is the long strip of land  traversing the Ilocos Sur and La Union Highlands in the central-to southwestern fringes of the Cordillera mountain range. This homeland included Southeastern Ilocos Sur, some four highland municipalities in La Union and several hill villages in the municipality of Sison, Pangasinan. These are the territories where the Methodist, the Evangelical United Brethren and Episcopalian missionaries worked and established churches from the turn of the 20th century. The Bagos in its second diaspora also established communities in Kalinga, Apayao, Mindoro, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya, Aurora and Mindoro provinces. A significant population of Bagos were also part of the mass of Ilocanos who migrated into Mindanao from the 50s.

This essay raises for the first time the possibility of some convergences in peoples’ mytho-narratives of ‘beginnings’  that  may  reinforce  neotribe  suggestions  in  the  prayers  of  a  significant  section  of  the Kankanaey-Y-golot population.

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Barangay Sagunto by Aprile Balangue


Nakaiyanakak ken dimmakelak a baryo
Addaan ti banbantay ken dua a sitio
Saan a perpekto ngem pakakitaan ti progreso
Pagnaedan dagiti BAG-O, baranggay Sagunto

Ipatpategmi a baryo ti Sagunto
Maibilangen a nanam-ay ken asensado
Ta uray daliasatem a bantay ket sementado
Tapno tricycle makasang-at idiay ngato

Naparato, naisem, narespeto a tattao
Ditoy baryomi, isuda’t masabatmo
Agkakalasbang ken agkakaguapo
Uray gurongmi kasla pangmalo

Kinapintas daytoy lugarmi
Daydayawen sabali nga ili
Uray pammatimi, agsusupadi
Saan a lapped panagkakalaysami

Kapilya, eskwelaan ken paglalangoyan
Ditoy baryomi, adda a masapulam
Gayyem, agpasyarka, ditoyta imatangam
Pusaksak ti baryomi nga inda ap-apalan

Ipasindayawko man daytoy a lugarmi
Urnos ken kapia, nagtalinaed kadakami
Papagayam, umaykayo ditoy ayanmi
Ta pasangbayendakayo, nabara a kablaawmi.


Aprile Rae Ann Balangue
June 23,2014
Amman, Jordan

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Thank You from the Malqued-Florendo Family


Dear Family, Relatives and Friends,

First we thank God that our family has endured the loss of my beloved humble husband Dr. Leo Sr. I want to thank you all for your prayers, your expression of sympathy, your generous love gifts and most of all your love and concern for all of us as a family, your physical and spiritual help is highly appreciated. In times of joy and goodness, in times of trouble and sadness you are near and you are with us. We are forever grateful for your presence during the celebration of life for my loving husband, caring and loving father, grandfather and friend to all. For those who were not able to be with us thank you all the same for the condolences as well as sympathy cards. Thank you again and again.

Gratefully yours,

Irene and family

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Condolence to the Florendo Family

Uncle Leo-2

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we the staff of Sagunto Star and members of the Sagunto Association, U.S.A., inform you  that Dr. Leo Morales Florendo passed away on January 3, 2014 at their  family residence in Loma Linda, CA., U.S.A.  He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and members of his church,  the Trinity United Methodist Church of the Inland Empire.

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Giving in the Digital Age

The bins in the lobby here at the office are full again as our Thanksgiving Food drive is underway. Every year, we sponsor several needy families and provide them with their Thanksgiving dinner. The staff brings in canned foods, dry goods and everything for the sides, and the company will buy each of the recipient’s turkey. We do this every year on Thanksgiving and again on Christmas. It’s a great way for the whole company to pull together as a team and share the blessings that we have with others.

Essentially, that’s what we do here at Sagunto Star also. We have harnessed the power of the internet to benefit our community back home. Interactions here on this website and on facebook has catalyzed great initiatives to help others.

More than just being the holiday season, this is also the time of giving. With the rise of modern gadgets, it is now easier to be involved in charities. More and more non-profit organizations are turning to online fundraising and this is one easy way for you to help.

Not all charities are yet taking advantage of this innovation though. There are still a few who do it the old fashioned way, either by direct interaction or through snail mail.

If you are involved with an organization that is not yet into the digital age, the infographic below is a quick overview of the benefits of online campaigns to bolster the success of your organization. It is worth sharing.


Via: iContact