GOD OF FIRE
Maklium sa Bagidan (Being of the Flint) is the god of Fire in the Panayanon pantheon and was also featured in the epic poem Hinilawod along with his brothers Maklium sa T'wan and Maklium sa Tubig, vying for the hand of the beautiful virgin goddess Alunsina and ultimately losing out to Datu Paubari. He, along with his brothers plotted against the couple and agreed to the decision of drowning them while they are in their house with a violent flood from Maklium sa Tubig, although their plans were thwarted by Alunsina's sister, Suklang Malayon who warned her sister to evacuate in advance to avoid the catastrophe.
GOD OF FIRE
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EVOLUTION OF IMPORTANCE THROUGH SPANISH INFLUENCE
The veneration for Maklium sa Bagidan started to decline however when the Spaniards colonized the Philippines, the native people were baptized one by one to the Catholic faith and only the remote tribes who were unreached by the missionaries due to impossible landscape and bad weather that continually thwarted their efforts, were the only ones who would continue on worshipping the deities of old, and keep the spark of faith in Maklium sa Bagidan alive for generations to come.