Wedding Dance by Amador Daguio (An author-dependent interpretation)
An AUTHOR DEPENDENT
INTERPRETATION OF AMADOR
JESSA I. CERBITO
• A poet, novelist and
teacher during the pre-war.
• He was best known for his
fictions and poems.
• He had published two
volumes of poetry,
"Bataan Harvest" and
"The Flaming Lyre".
• He served as chief editor
for the Philippine House
of Representatives before
he died in 1966.
• He was born January 8, 1912 in
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, but grew
up in Lubuagan, Mountain
Province, where his father, an
officer in the Philippine
Constabulary, was assigned.
• He was class valedictorian in
1924 at the Lubuagan
Elementary School. Then he
stayed with his uncle at Fort
William McKinley to study at
Rizal High School in Pasig.
• He considered that
moment of his life to be
full of poverty, extreme
loneliness, and adolescent
• During this period he
became very lonely and
was driven to write poetry
to express his feelings.
• He graduated at U.P. in 1932.
He returned to teach at his
school in Lubuagan.
• In 1938, he taught at
Zamboanga Normal School
where he met his wife Estela.
• They transferred to Normal
Leyte School in 1941 before
the Second World War.
• During the Japanese
Occupation, he joined the
resistance and wrote poems
in secret, later collected as
• He also taught for twenty-six
years at the University of
the East, U.P., and
• In 1952, he obtained his
M.A. in English at Stanford
University as a Fulbright
scholar. His thesis was a
study and translation of
Hudhud hi Aliguyon (Ifugao
• In 1954, he obtained his Law
degree from Romualdez Law
College in Leyte.
• In 1973, six years after his
death, Daguio was conferred
the Republic Cultural
Awiyao and Lumnay were husband
and wife for seven years but have to
conform to the dictates of their culture.
After seven harvests, Lumnay and
Awiyao are still childless. Not having a
child creates a problem with them.
Lumnay, as a woman is suspected as
infertile. Awiyao has to look for another
wife (Madulimay) even if he loves
Lumnay so much.
On the night of the wedding,
Awiyao goes to his and Lumnay’s house
to personally invite her to the traditional
However, Lumnay, the best
dancer in the entire tribe, refuses to go.
Then, during their conversation, it is
revealed that both of them still love
each other, but because of their tribe’s
custom, they have to separate.
Lumnay tried to fight for her
husband. She wanted to defy the
unwritten law of the tribe besides they
both love each other. During the course
of their conversation Awiyao explains
his opposition to his marriage to other
woman but is defeated with cultural
The love for their tribe reigned
over Awiyao and goes back to the
ceremony. Lumnay wants to follow,
partly because of the dance, and partly
because she wants to put a stop to
their tribe’s tradition of having to marry
another partner just to have a child.
The story opens with Awiyao
entering his and Lumnay’s
When Awiyao says he does not want
any other woman and they confessed
their love for each other..
But they both have to follow
their tribe’s tradition.
Awiyao has to go back to the
When Lumnay says she does
not want any other man.
• The story was written in 1952 at
about the same time he was
writing his thesis (Study and
translation of Hudhud hi
Aliguyon - Ifugao Harvest Song)
for his Master of Arts in English
degree at Stanford University in
• This story gained from the
author's life among the Igorots of
North Luzon - the practice of
divorce due to a childless
• The triumph of culture and
tradition over personal love is
emphasized in the story which
lets the reader see the way of life
and culture of the tribal people
of Northern Luzon.
• Marriage in this culture was seen
as more or less a contract
between a man and a woman for
the purposes of producing
children. If after seven harvests,
there is no child, either party is
free to break the bond and seek
another spouse. A childless
couple was seen as a very sad
matter and often the masculinity
of the husband was considered
• Sacrifice and True Love
The couple, Lumnay and
Awiyao should give up for their
love not only because of what
their culture dictates but also to
save each other from the scorn
of the society. In Awiyao’s case,
he had been mocked being
childless because a man to be
considered a man should have a