The tale of Barangay Tue

A tue tree (center) found infront of the Provincial Capitol of Mountain Province, located at Poblacion, Bontoc. **fbd

In the olden times, a couple lived in a place called Tabiyo. One day, the pair Magang-an and Kuya-ob found out that their pig was nowhere to be found. They exerted all their efforts in looking for it, but they found no trace.
After several months, the hog came home. It seemed to be very tired and hungry. Too happy, they fed the pig and observed that its tits were swollen. They suspected that it gave birth somewhere else.
Immediately, Kuya-ob got some rice bran and spread them on the back of the pig.
Without the knowledge of the couple, the pig left hurriedly after eating its meal. As the pig meandered, the rice bran were falling.
Curios, Magang-an traced the pieces of rice bran scattered until she reached a gigantic tree in place called Addaan. Under this tree, which is locally termed as tue, were the mother hog and its piglets.
Magang-an sat down, lighted and puffed his pipe as he watched the piglets sucked milk from their mother’s tits. He wandered around the place and found out that there was abundant water and the place was conducive for settlement and constructing rice and vegetable terraces.
After Magang-an told the story to his wife and children, they decided to settle in the place where their pig gave birth. His family requested their neighbors to help them transfer their belongings to the new settlement.
After some months, Kuya-ob was seriously ill. While tending to his wife daily, Magang-an observed many birds that came and ate the fruit of the tue tree. They produced too much noise that made the patient uneasy.
One day, the husband got angry and cut the trunk of the tue tree. He was astonished to see that the trunk produced plenty of sap. Because Magang-an couldn’t find any medicine for his wife, he experimented and made his wife drink the sap.
After her daily intake of the sap, Kuya-ob got well.
Due to the good story that was being circulated, some of the neighbors of Magang-an in Tabiyo were encouraged to follow them to the new village.
The spot under the tue tree became a resting, meeting and eating place of hunters and owners of cows from Kayan and Balaoa who tended their cows in Addaan due to the presence of abundant water. Moreover, the trunks of the tree were used for hanging or suspending the bags of hunters where their meals and some belongings were placed.
Because the word tue tree became very popular as it was used daily in the villagers’ daily activity, the place Addaan was renamed Tue.
According to some folks, they said that Tabiyo was once an old civilization of Tadian, Mountain Province. It was located on a mountain above Cabunagan, a sitio of Balaoa, Tadian. Due to an epidemic, the people of Tabiyo abandoned the place and sought refuge in other parts of Tadian and Bauko, where they settled permanently.**By Francis B. Degay

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