Liktao at Epiko: Ang Takip ng Tapayang Libingan ng Libmanan, Camarines Sur by Dr. Zeus Salazar will be launched at the Museo Conciliar del Seminario de Nueva Caceres in Naga City on October 15 at 2:00 P.M.
The archaelogical find (liktao) is a burial jar cover found in Libmanan, Camarines Sur which has since been donated to the Museo by collector and archaelogy enthusiast Ermelo M. Almeda. The find has been a subject of an earlier study by retired UP professor Dr. Ma. Lilia F. Realubit and Ermelo M. Almeda. UP professor Dr. Ma. Lilia F. Realubit says, “Liktao at Epiko provides archaelogical evidence for the Bicol epic of Ibalong and the kingdom of Handiong.”
Salazar provides a detailed analysis of the jar cover and links it to other Philippine and Asian cultural traditions. Writing in Filipino, Salazar provides evidence that Libmanan could well be the first socio-political center in the Bicol peninsula. “Ang Libmanan ay isa sa mga imporanteng sentro ng pagbubuo ng estado sa Pilipinas mula pa noong unang mga dantaon B.K.”
Dr. Zeus A. Salazar received his doctorate in ethnology from Sorbonne University and degree in AB History (summa cum laude) at UP. Salazar was among those anthropologists who revealed the “Tasaday Hoax” and conceptualized the “Pantayaong Pananaw and “Bagong Historiograpiyang Filipino”. Now retired from teaching, Salazar devotes his time to writing. He also just finished a two-volume book on Pres. Estrada. Salazar hails from Tiwi, Albay.
Dr. Realubit, chair of the book launch, says that a lecture by the author will follow the book launch.