E. THE ANTIQUE JARS OF BUGUIAS - PADACO AND TOKOTOK
Padaco and Tokotok were husband and wife, who lived many years ago in a little sitio of Sebang at the foot of Mt. Nato-o, bordering the province of Benguet and Ifugao. Near it also is the place where the passage of the tiger of Malaya, General Yamashita, during the World War II with his famous treasures, now the object of many treasure hunters far and wide.
The couple was blessed with many children, some of them migrated to other towns in the province and in the nearby provinces. Others were left behind to continue and propagate the honor and wisdom of the Padacos and to tell and retell the roots of their families.
Padaco and his wife have two big jars, so big that it can accommodate one cavan of half cooked and fermented rice of twenty five gantas each, and even more. The rice wine juice that comes from these jars was so blended and aged that it can equal the best wine in the world. These jars were said to have been brought by the semi-illiterate Malayan immigrants to the country through the Lingayen Gulf and came up to the mountains through the Agno River, because they were driven up by more literate Malays who were the forefathers of our lowland brothers now. The semi-illiterate Malayan immigrants were likewise the forefathers of the kankana-eys and Ibaloys. Present day researchers have toyed with the idea that the early Malayan immigrants, who happened to be the kankana-eys have reached as far as Mt. Data now , and after exhausting all edible foods thereat, have to go furthermore , following the rivers now known as the Agno, Amburayan and Chico rivers. The people along these rivers and adjoining towns speak the kankana-ey dialect with only some differences in pronunciation and intonation which naturally were the influence of the environment.
Being rich, Padaco used to render big cañaos called "pedit". They have been inviting relatives, friends and neighbors not only from the town but other neighboring towns and provinces. Cañaos is a way of binding and instilling close relationship among relatives and friends and also a way of promoting social prestige- a status symbol.
Because of his two big jars which were always being filled with rice wine called "tapey" and of his cañaos, Padaco became famous and well known and worked upon as the "baknang" (rich) in his community. After many years of successful living, Padaco and his wife died of old age. Padacos remains were put in the bigger jar and his wife, who died later was likewise put in the other jar. These big jars served as their coffin and were placed in a cave which was not accessible to destruction. After some years ,a relative by the name Butag Ligmayo went to retrieve the jars, removed whatever remains there were, washed and cleaned it and filled them with fermented rice wine again. Butag Ligmayo was elected / appointed as President / Mayor of Buguias for three terms and he attributed his successful political career and as a mankutom, for the jars he inherited from Padaco and his wife, Tokotok.
Today, the bigger jar is called Padaco and the other jar Tokotok in honor of its owners. The fermented rice wine and its juice that comes from these jars tasted very much better than before so much that when Governor Ben Palispis tasted it, he usually gave some money to the PTA and Barangay officials of Amilimay, who are presently in custody of the jar Tokotok, to buy some red rice or kintoman to prepare wine on the jar, every December during his incumbency as governor of the province. Accordingly, if the governor drinks his share of the Tokotok wine he becomes vigorously strong and rejuvenated.