Apu/apo is the same term in other ethnic groups and is also the spoken word in Mainit.
When I was a child living in the barrio, I used to look forward to visits from my apos. Not least because of the food items they always brought with them, and they would always bring the finest from their kitchen and from elsewhere, but also because of the pearls of wisdom and lessons from their stories and tales of sang-adum.
This tradition continued as we were growing up, through to starting school. But throughout the rest of primary school and high school years in the capital town of Bontoc, I always looked forward, during vacations and school breaks, to visiting my grandmother, and the many aunties and uncles and cousins in the village. (Mainit is a lazy 3-4 hour hike from Bontoc).
but she is as wise as a biblical sage.
Let us heed these words as we partake of the fruits of our labor,
or share in stolen goods...
And know too that thieves may be lurking in an alley,
or lording it in high office...