CHIVA NEN CHIAO TAN BALOG

“Chiao and Balog” 

It was a sunny day when Chiao and Babat, her elder sister, went to weed their camote patch at Pecha-ag, not far from their home. While about their task, they noticed a young man sitting under their house in Asokong. Realizing that the young man was not one of their known neighbors, they were reluctant to go home. 

Babat, being the older one, remarked to Chiao, “You had best go home and entertain him in as much as you are younger and more beautiful than I”. Being the younger one, Chiao obeyed her sister’s advice and went home ahead to entertain the young man. 

Chiao came to know the young man was Balog of Dutab and realizing that he had come from some distance away, she cooked camote and pi-sing. As soon as lunch was ready, Chiao and Balog were joined by Babat who had come home for the meal. Balog proudly introduced himself as a young man from Dutab who had come to conduct certain matters at Asokong. Whereupon he requested the sisters to prepare five jars of rice wine, informing them that he would be back in a few days to settle his debts with some of his kin at Embose in Asokong. Both innocently obliged their guest. 

Shortly after, Balog and some of his skin returned to Asokong. He had not really come back to pay any debt as he had claimed but to wed the winsome Chiao. The five jars of rice wine he had ordered were used for this wedding ceremonies. Animals were also butchered. Although caught unaware of the intentions of Balog, Chiao consented to be his bride. 

The couple settled in Pegdeyto. They had four children – Makichong, Padaoag, Mensi and Obanan. 

By this time, c.a. 1700, the common ancestors of the lead families of Kabayan have made their residences fairly identifiable. At Dutab, Chiao and Balog would be the same persons from whom the Bejar, Kamora, Fianza of Kapañgan, Sinong, Fermin, Budikey and Gondales families descend with settlements from Pacso to Dutab, downstream. 

To-to, married to Ba-ay, would lay the foundation, literally, of the Gondales family at Pacso with their construction the rest of the first remembered wooden house at Baay, Pacso. 

Further downstream at Bolok, Achaoay, Kambobo would wed Bugan of Tinek and the couple would settle at Bakong, Dutab. From them would begin the Chaoal clan of Kabayan. 

A flourishing trends between Kabayan and Tinek of clay pots, banga, and clay pipes, binanga would continue to people the kulos ni chanum or i-paway with migrants from the kalangoya district. Identified sources of these clay items would be Tinek and Sabañgan. Barter items from Kabayan would consist of gold, blankets and animals. 

Copag of Naguey in Atok and Kangi of Magangan in Bokod are among the first settlers of Batan, Copag is remembered as a trader in animals (cows, pigs and dogs) who meets Kangi who comes to help Saloshan plant her palay. In this generation, majority of the ricefields in Gusaran, Kabajan and Dutab are owned by gusaran residents. 

For the more stabilized and settled families if the Bagdao-Marogay marriage however, this generation, c.a. 1736-66, is a cattle-ranching generation with the identification of the earliest baknang. 

Mensi, married ti Kansita, establishes residence at Gusaran and overseas his pasture lands at Insadong. This early, a sharing system exists between owner and cowhand. The couple is likewise engaged in ever-increasing rice terrace culture. They have two children, Kikdod and Dadjon. 

A separation occurs between Mensi and Kansita and the former takes Babaya as his second wife, moving to Kabajan for residence, Mensi nevertheless maintains his first family. From the second marriage is born Copa-it. 

Remembered as one of the wealthiest man of Kabajan is Padaoag who marries Saloshan and fathers Talen and Dongja It is said that he had more cows than there were people in Kabajan in his time. Extensive terrace building was also undertaken by Padaoag who paid for labor of terrace builders from Sabañgan. Other remembered terrace builders would come from the general Ahin-Kiangan area.