B. Origin of “Biyew” (Prayer)

Legend has it that in the lake now named Tabayo, somewhere along the boundary of Kabayan and Buguias, there live a couple an immortal man married to a mortal woman.

Five days after they were married, the man has to work and tend the field. Yet one day, before going to work, the man instructed the wife “I give you this instrument for you to play to make sound before reaching my workplace when you bring my baon” (pack lunch). Please follow it.” The woman was puzzled but had not dared to ask her husband for explanations. She followed the instruction yet every time she brings the baon, she noticed that the field gets unusually wider and wider knowing that her husband is just alone in working at the field. One day she could not contain her curiosity so she didn’t sound the instrument instead stealthily approached the field where the husband worked and was so surprised at what she saw and naively, she shouted for she was unable to hold back her astonishment. She saw that her husband is scattered into parts, each doing a part of the work.

The scattered parts of the body of the husband were surprised and immediately assembled to make a whole. In haste, the body parts were improperly assembled and mixed with soil and muddied that angered the husband. “You disobeyed.” He said, “And because of that, I must leave you and return to where I came from.” Right there and then, the husband disappeared and the field transformed into lake.

To this day, every time a “mambunong” (prayer man) leads a prayer during feasts, marriage, or death, a “biyew” is prayed, calling the spirit of the unnamed immortal man who manifested himself as a good husband long ago.