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199), “chanted in a drawling manner” without the accompaniment of music or dance.
The likuen (melody) is usually determined by the incidents being narrated.
His principal source was Blagtas Pandakan, then living in Luirnut, Kallinan, Davao City.
He was about 42 when, covering himself with a white blanket, he chanted the epic on the night of .
As they are losing men, Agyu’s young son, a mere boy, volunteers to meet the enemies; he slays them on the fourth day.
Assisted by Batooy Ambag, a son- in-law of a datu, and Pilisianu Tisio, Manuel recorded the epic from 21 November to 25 November 1963.
Blagtas Pandakan learned the epic from his uncle Sugalan, who had learned it from his father, Ampalid. Living in the country of Ayuman are the heroes Vanlak/Banlak, Agyu, and Kuyasu.
In battle scenes, for instance, the rhythm quickens and the singer is said to be abmannahansang, that is, chanting his lines in a staccato manner.
The Agyu is divided into two parts: the pemahra/ pamara or an invocation and the ulahingon or narrative proper.