One day the people in a place had a feast. They were celebrating a bountiful harvest from their fields. The palay grains were extraordinary big and golden yellow. Pigs were butchered for viand. Pots of rice were cooked to feed the people. There was plenty of food served and there was dancing to the beat of the gongs. Everybody joined in the fun. Beautiful maidens with their bright colored tapis and beads on their head danced merrily while the young men beat the gong.
As the feast was on-going an American man passed by and stopped to watch. He got curious of the white beads on the head of the dancing women. He moved closer and found out that the white beads were made from backbones taken from snakes. He was amazed and exclaimed, “Bones!” the girls were surprised and frightened to see a person among them stretching his hand who wanted to touch beads out of curiosity. They started to move away from the American and raised their hands to stop the American from touching their heads. The American stopped from wanting to get near them because he saw that he was unwanted. Nobody told him the name of the place so from the “bone” and from the expression he heard,”Toh!, he connected bone to toh and called the place Bontoc.
Esther Fomucao and Cecilia Sagayo