CHIVA NEN KAPOT SHI IMBOSE “Kapot ni Imbose”

Kapot came from Sabañgan in the southern part of Bontoc. He settled in Imbose and feathered Kameng who married Bongsa. Kameng and Bonga were blessed with three children, Kayapon, Coedno and Agnes. Kayapon married Komagon and they were blessed with one child, Pay-an. Coedno married Komagon and they were blessed with one child, Pay-an. Coedno married Teresa, the Sister of Sinong. At Imbose, Kapot and his family were celebrating a cañao. While the affair was in progress, the floor of the house of the host gave way, causing the whole structure to collapse. The guests fall with the house but no one was hurt. Even the salao from which was served the ceremonial rice wine remained intact. The old men at the feast interpreted the incedent as an omen of good fortune. However, they advised Kapot and his family to leave Imbose, each to seek and settle elsewhere. The old man further admonished Kapot and his family to pass through the floor, not the door, when leaving and to follow the mountain trail rather than the Agno river course. Observance of his family and its descendants. Kapot and his family heeded the advice of the men and abandoned Imbose. He and his wife moved to Tublay while the rest of his family scattered all over Benguet. Kapot and his family are among the last remembered residents of Imbose. Related yet unlinked to the migrant descendants of Imbose are the ancestors of the Kabayan people who move from Imbose to Pacso, to Gusaran, to Kabajan, to Dutab, to Batan, to Eddet, to Duacan, to further downstream of the Agno as far as Chalupirip, and west to Abiang, Shomolpot and Chuyo. This early, c.a. 16th century, Kabayan would be primarily engaged in swidden-farming with more and more terraces constructed to plant to rice. Camote would however remain the staple food and hunting the source of meat in addition to ceremonial butchering of already domesticated pigs. Rice would be reserved for special occasions and for rice wine. Movements from the general kadasan area would continue to be frequent and friendly with no apparent distinction between the Kabayan residents and the kadasan dweller.