Kabankalan

The myth as recorded in Hiligaynon Mythological Stories and Folktales (2006)
The legend was believed to have happened during the time of our ancestors when the Spaniards had not invaded yet.

During those times, a beautiful young woman lived in a wide place now known as Kabankalan. Many young suitors dreamed of owning the heart of this woman. One lucky man that was chosen by the young woman was Eb-Eb.

One day, a boat hailing from China was blown by the wind to the river bank that was close to the house of the young woman. The rich Chinese who owned the boat proceeded to the house of Alisalab, the young woman.

Because of the rare beauty of the young woman, the Chinese proposed to her, expressing his love for her. Days passed by, the Chinese returned to China and never came back. But he left Alisalab two gifts, a chest and a stove (kaban kag kalan).

The young woman suffered from the ugly talks about her honor. But she worried more about Eb-Eb.

And Eb-eb got an opportunity, one day. He waited for the young woman, washing clothes, by the river. He sneakily approached her and he hacked her and chopped the body into bits and pieces.

Because of the pain and remorse, Eb-Eb committed suicide after what he did. The quarreling families of the two became close friends and the friendship was blessed by nature. There appeared abundant seashells by the river where the bitter incident happened.

One kind of seashells was called the Bebe in recognition for Eb-Eb and the other kind was called Balisala, the inverted name of Alisalab.

Because of the abundance of seafoods, the people also grew in number in the place and it was called Kabankalan, the joined words of the two gifts left by the Chinese Alisalab, the chest and the stove. (kaban kag kalan).
Rabuco, A. C. (2006). Hiligaynon Mythological Stories and Folktales: Analysis and Translation. University of San Agustin Publishing House.

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