Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
July 15, 2017 – Four years ago the provincial government of Albay has launched a culture-based tourism theme – by involving the local artisans craftsmanship and skills in interpreting their imaginations of the province’s mythical characters.through art form.
The quaint distant past of Albáyánó’s ancient beliefs on animism was revisited through the Parade of the Giants – where the 66 mythical characters known to Albáyánós, were paraded from Quezon Avenue in downtown Legazpi City to Peñaranda Park in Albay District.
The thought of pushing the Albáyánó’s collective memories was realized, the tribute was made to have a glimpse of past cultural expression when our ancestors were paying to their ancient [súánóy] ways of their belief on mythical characters.
The cultural perspective initiated by then Albay Governor Jose Maria Clemente Sarte Salceda was to pay tribute in a good god, GUGURANG, and a bad god, ASWANG, as the old Albáyánós used to refer the bad and god spirits.
Their belief in a god of the forest known as, OKOT, the god of the sea, MAGINDANG and a serpent in the sky called BAKUNAWA that swallows the moon or that monsters might attack when darkness covers the land – the natives would go out at night and perform the ritual in order to drive away the BAKUNAWA and other evil spirits of the night.
However, the Church just called these rituals paganic, sacrilege wrapped in plain superstition.
A hard line priest in the Diocese in 2013 had expressed his strong disapproval on the concept and vented his ire on the organizer by chastened the provincial government on the pulpit, because of – because of the artist’s elaborate execution of Támbálúslús’ male genital.
The chastisement of Támbálúslús, as obscene villain has failed to subdue the curiosity of the local crowd during the Magayon Festival Parade of the Giants, the creature with a wrinkled penis and loose-bagged testicle, has turned to be the crowd-drawer during the festival, some five years ago.
In the recently concluded Magayon Festival under Governor Al Francis C. Bichara, the crowd never saw the Parade of the Giants – and the fans of Támbálúslús were asking, when we will ever see him again?
Támbálúslús got its name from from the wrinkled penis and loose-bagged testicles which dangles to the ground. Folklore has it, Támbálúslús hides under the trees during moonlight nights and chase people who are lost in the woods. In its heyday it was a swift promiscuous beast that would rape any person or animal it catches, until he was punished by Gúgúráng.
Its huge testicles slowed it down and its penis became so huge that no hole could accommodate it.