d. Danao

The third group of Ibaloi migrants came from Hongduan, Tinoc in the year 1690 headed by Danao, his wife Chalmia of Buguias and five other companions. They migrated from Hongduan by way of Buguias down to Pacso, Kabayan, Nawal, Adaoay going up to Bacwey, Atok where they settled. They moved out from their place of origin due to the fact that people in the early times especially in the adjacent town of Hongduan, Ifugao were thieves. They were stealing babies and bartending these in the neighboring town of Buguias for one pig or one head of cattle depending upon the size/age of the baby. As these grew up they were used as “bague.” Secondly, they wanted to escape from the exploitation of the “bosul.” Since Danao and his wife did not want to be involved in this trouble, they moved out and settled here in Atok.

Danao and his five companions were the first who constructed the rice terraces in Bacweg and the first to introduce the planting of the palay seeds known as Kintoman which was brought by them from Hongduan. They cultured it into new variety by replanting the seeds of Kintoman.

One time, his wife Chalmia went on vacation in Amlimay. On her return route, she arrived during high noon in Naguey, Topdac. She rested beside the brook. While resting she saw two snakes mating, she proceeded on her journey. From Naguey she climbed to Atok Central. On her way, about half way to Poblacion, she saw a bird upside down from the branch of trees singing “Tigwey.” She just kept these things she saw to herself. When she arrived at her place she consulted a “mammadto” regarding the things she saw on her way. The old woman blessed her saying: “The omens you saw on your way are signs of good luck. Your children will be blessed. When they talk they will be respected by the people and they will be compassionate to their fellowmen.”

These omens which were interpreted by the seer became true. Most of the descendants of Danao and Chalmia got educated and occupied high positions in the government services.