THE LEGEND OF THE SAMPALOC LAKE San Pablo, a picturesque and progressive city in Southeastern Luzon, is sometimes know

as the city of seven lakes. All the seven lakes are rich with tales about their respective origin. A favorite story is that of Sampaloc Lake - the largest and most beautiful of the seven lakes. [IMG][/IMG] Picture of Sampaloc Lake in San Pablo, Laguna. Once upon a time there lives in the northern side of San pablo a well-to-do but childless couple. They has a large garden of tamarind (sampaloc in Tagalog) trees which bore the sweetest fruits in all the land. many people from far and wide heard of the tamarind trees. And many of them wanted to taste the sweet tamarind fruits. The couple felt very proud of their rich possession. They built a fence around their yard so that no strangers would pic any of the tamarond fruits. Just to make sure no one could enter their yard, they placed a big watchdog to guard it. God wanted to test the hospotality of the couple. And so, one day a fairy, disguised as an old beggar bent and wrinkled by age, approached the couple's garden and begged for some fruit. "Please give me some tamarind fruit. I am hungry!" The old woman pleaded. The couple did not even look at the old woman. "Begone! We don't want to give any of our tamarind fruit away!" replied the couple angrily. "Please, I am so hungry, and a fruit or two will satisfy me," the old beggar insisted. "I know your tamarind trees are laden with most delicious fruits." Then, without further ado, the old woman came near one of the large trees. She stretched out her wrinkled, skinny hand to pluck a curly thick pod hanging from one of the lower branches. Upon seeing what the old beggar had done, the couple grew angry. They became so angry that they hurried back to their house, let their dog loose, and set it on the poor woman. Alas, the poor old woman was badly bitten. Patiently, the old woman bore her pain. But before turning away from the inhospitable spot, she touched the tamarind tree and, looking at the couple, said, "You shall be punished for your selfishness." Then she went slowly on her way. Even before the woman was out of sight, the sky became overcast. In a short while a terrible storm broke out, and heavy rain fell through the night. The following morning all was peaceful. The man and his wife went out for the daily round as usual. They had hardly taken a few steps when, to their surprise, instead of the tall green tamarind trees, there stretched before their unbelieving eyes a vast expanse of water shining in the morning sun. Still unconvinced about what had happened, the couple went forward up to the bank of what now appeared to be a natural lake. And wonder of wonders, they saw through the transparent water the dark amass o tamarind trees still rooted to the sunken ground!

. go in order to admire the splendor and beauty that it offers.sampaloc being the Tagalog word for tamarind.From that day on. Nowadays Sampaloc Lake is a tourist spot to which many lovers of nature. More stories to come. . the place became know as "Sampaloc Lake" .. bith young and old.

THey quickly ran to the garden to look for Maria. The flowers were beautiful and known all over the town. One day a group of bandits raided a nearby village. Mang Dondong noticed at once the arrival of the bandits Fearing for Maria's safety. Again and again. they searched every corner in the garden but poor Maria could not be found. Since then Mang Dondong and Aling Iska tended the plant with utmost care. Mang Dondong lost consciousness and fell on the floor. they searched for Maria. he saw a tiny plant quickly closing its leaves. "Save my daughter. Maria had a flower garden. she usually locked herself in the room. After looking at the plant for a long time. which he did. But shyness was also one of maria's distinct characteristics. Mang Dondong and Aling Iska. the bandits had left already. The next day the bandits came to the village where Mang Dondong and Aling Iska and their daughter Maria lived. Aling Iska tried to escape but was also hit in the head. The bandits ransacked every place in the house. She took care of the plants patiently and tenderly. But Maria was nowehere to be found. he decided to hide Maria in the garden. For the flower plants were her source of enjoyment and happiness. For indeed Maria has been transformed by God into a plant to save her from the bandits. When Mang Dondong and Aling Iska regained consciousness. The bandits killed every man they found at took the money of the residents. The bandits enered the house and hit Mang Dondong on the head. Aling Iska wept uncontrollably and to Mang Dondong's amazement. She trembled with fear when she heard the bandits forcing their way to the gate. Then she prayed. He knelt on his knees and took a close look at the plant. "Oh my God!" prayed Aling Iska. So the bandits left th house to plunder another village. Aling Iska did the same. It was the first time he saw that kind of plant. After taking the money and jewelry. the couple came to the belief that the plant was Maria." Suddenly the door opened. preparing for whatever would happen. They loved their daughter so dearly. All of a sudden felt something that pricked his feet. But maria was not there. They knew what the . She was also shy that talking to people posed a great burden to her. she made herself endeared to everybody. Industrious and kind.THe Makahiya Once there lived a rich couple. They had a twelve-year-old daughter whose name was Maria. Aling Iska hid herself in the house. Maria was a dutiful and obedient daughter. To his surprise. "My poor daughter! They took my poor daughter!" wept Aling Iska. In order to avoid encountering people. every tear was transformed into a small and rosy flower of the new plant they found in the garden.

their child Maria. And. in [IMG]http://i13. the plant was very shy.jpg[/IMG] Makahiya Plant .which in Tagalog means "makahiya".photobucket. like their child. So they called the plant "makahiya" because it showed it showed an important characteristic of Maria -shyness .plant was.

" "Agreed. One day the turtle dropped in at the monkey's house and said. "I wonder what has happened to the monkey's banana plant." said the turtle one morning." replied the monkey." replied the monkey. In a few weeks it bore fruit which soon ripened. So the two friends cut the banana plant into two parts. on the other hand. I will get the upper half. and even dreamed about sometimes. ready to be eaten. The turtle did the dame as soon as he reached home. grew stout and fast." We shall cut it into two equal parts. and the monkey got the upper half. After a few days the monkey's banana plant died." Away the turtle went to see his friend." said the turtle. why don't we go out and take a stroll together?" Since the monkey was not doing nothing at the time. The turtle said. "What about your bvanana plant my friend?" "It is now bearing fruit and the fruit has already ripened. The two friends had barely walked a short distance when they found a young banana plant lying along the road.The Monkey and the Turtle I Once upon a time there were two friends. the monkey and the turtle. and you will get the lower half. The turtle got the lower half." the turtle said. "Is that so? Will you let me see it?" said the monkey. the turtle said yes. "Friend Monkey. Upon arriving home. Being the unselfish type. he readily accepted his friend's suggestion. pointing to the dead plant in the garden. The turtle's banana plant. Then each went on his way home. The monkey felt sad. . if you're not busy. "I will visit my friend and find out. Let's divide it between the two of us. knowing that he will not be able to eat the sweet ripe bananas he always thought of about. he saw his friend looking very sad. Off they went to see the ripe bananas. the monkey planted his part of the banana plant in his garden. II Upon reaching the turtle's place. When the trutle arrived at the monkey's place. why are you looking very said this bright morning? You look as the end of the world has come!" "My banana plant died. "What shall we do with this banana plant?" the turyle asked. the monkey saw with his own eyes the banana plant and its ripe fruits. "Friend Monkey.

Feeling tired. "Friend Monkey. Quickly. All of a sudden he lost his grip and fell heavily on the thorns which surrounded the trunk of the banana plant. one half of the ripe bananas had been eaten by the monkey. "But your grandfather is lame!" the monkey pointed out. So the monkey climbed the banana plant. Off he went. and his arms. looking for the turtle." the turtle answered. In two seconds flat he reached the top. By this time he was so full of ripe bananas that he could hardly move. When you hear the xbarking of the dog. "Then my brother will do it. his legs. The turtle got disgusted with what his friend was doing. and ate the fruit. he sat on a coconut shell. Immediately after the monkey had sat down." replied the turtle. what about me? Please give me some bananas too. suppose you allow me to climb the banana plant and gather the ripe fruit." he said. "But your brother is blind!" replied the monkey. I have a piece of good advice for you. But mindful of his friend's advice. it's not healthy to stay up there all day. He gathered two big armfuls of the thorns and put them around the trunk of the banana plant. the turtle pulled the former's tail. "My grandfather of course!" said the turtle. Then the turtle looked up and said. III The next day the monkey woke up early. Agreed?" "Agreed. The thorns pricked his body. he started to climb down. He did not know that inside the shell was his friend. peeled it." the turtle said to himself. After a while. "I'll teach him a lesson." And he left. Just then a neighbor's dog barked. Without a moment's delay he picked one ripe banana. that's the signal for you to come down. In a few minutes. then threw a couple of banana peelings at the turtle. THe turtle said. THe monkey heard the sound. the monkey . He picked another banana and did the same. Soon he came to a clearing in a farm. the monkey said."Who will gather the ripe bananas?" asked the monkey. he managed to leave the place and return home. the turtle. "Friend Monkey. "I'll make that foolish turtle pay for what he did to me yesterday. With a mighty effort." The monkey just laughed. It so happened that his tail went through the hole in the shell. The turtle then left and went to a nearby thicket where he found a lot of thorns."Friend Turtle.

do you know that? The monkey picked the turtle up and saud. please don't throw me into the river!" But the monkey did not listen to the turtle's pleas. down into the river for awhile. he drowned. revealing the turtle. Friend Monkey!" cried the turtle. Friend Monkey." "Then I will chop you to pieces!" said the monkey. THen he kicked the coconut shell. because he did not know how to swim. I will become red. "Then I will throw you into the river!" the monkey shouted in glee. But. Friend Turtle. And the turtle laughed all day long. "I will surely drown. "If you do that my friend. there will be a great number of turtles crawling around. "Friend Monkey. for he liked nothing in the world better than to be in the river where he could swim sto his heart's content.jumped. if you wish. Have puty on me!" "Have pity on you?" cried the monkey. look! I've caught a big fish!" the turtle shouted. "Now I'm going to punish you. THe shell turned over. Or. "After what you did to me. The turtle went down. With a big heave. he threw the turtle into the river. And then he came up the surface. The monkey was taken aback for sometime. But the turtle pretended that he did not like being thrown into the river. his front legs holding a big fish. you expect me to have pity on you? You must be out of your mind. I'm sorry. but I will throw you into the river . "Why don't you jump into the river and catch one for yourself?" said the turtle. you can chop me to pieces. I didn't know you're that lazy. "It will be better if you roast mr over live charcoals. "I will roast you over live charcoals!" said the monkey. Friend Turtle?" he managed to say at last. Of course this is what the turtle has been waiting for all the time." The monkey did not like being called lazy. I've been looking for you all morning." the turtle said in a pleading voice. "Red happens to be my favorite color. .now!" "Wait a minute! Listen." said the turtle. "So it's you!" cried the monkey. "Please." said the turtle." "What will you do with me?" asked the turtle. "Will you give it to me. Right away he jumped into the river and. "If you do that my friend. don't do that.

but Badillo prodded him on and soon the former wass relating what he had discovered which was the reason why he was crying. The love of the two for each other knew no bounds. and they vowed that they would love each other till the end of time. Badillo. went to the farm to work. "This morning. as usual. Later that morning. I even heard Claudia's voice . "Yes. One day before sunrise. Unfortunately. Amidst the busy preparations. Her pleas were all in vain. at 6 o'clock. Anselmo's parents went to see Claudia's parents. Badillo's brother came carrying Badillo's meal. The time has come for everyone to know the story and the secret of Sapang Bato. the town's four best dressmakers joined hands in preparing it. In short. For he had another suitor of Claudia in mind as the better son-in-law." "And what was Mang Borong's wish?" "To have Claudia get married to Anselmo tomorrow morning. did not look with favor on Badillo's courtship. They were faithful to each other. It was late in the evening when it was discovered that Claudia was nowhere to be found.The Legend of Sapang Bato Many many years have passed but the beautiful story of Sapang Bato is still unknown to most people. "Why are you crying?" asked Badillo. Badillo worked for sometime. "Happened to be passing by Anselmo's house." the brother began." "Did Claudia refuse?" asked Badillo this time. Badillo noticed his brother crying. Anselmo was the name of the suitor who. Claudia managed somehow to be left alone in her room. Mang Borong." the boy said. "I heard everything because they talked very loud. by the way. He was kind. Many of Claudia's friends came to help to decorate the house and do many things." the boy answered. she refused." the boy replied. She could . There once lived in a place called Sapang Bato a beautiful maiden named Claudia. but she liked Badillo most of all. Claudia did not like. she had to follow Mang Borong's wish. thoughtful. "They asked for Claudia's hands in marriage to their son Anselmo. Then from her trunkk she took a small box. sge was crying. whether she liked it or not. "But what could she do? You know how cruel her father is. Claudia's father.alas. Before leaving. much less love. and industrious. Badillo was a farmer. In order to be sure that Claudia's wedding gown would turn out to be more elegant. he left word with his younger brother to take his breakfast to the place of work. After eating." "How did you come to know about this?" Badillo asked. The brother hesitated at first. She had many suitors. The preparations of the wedding were elaborate and quite expensive.

" replied Mang Berong. It was a night of sorrow and tears. a young maiden. She gave the letter at one to Mang Berong. The letter reads as follows: "Father. Afterwards. THe people could not help uttering the names of Claudia and Badillo. I shall find happiness. They immediately followed Mang Berong who had already left.not be found in her room. Maybe in death. It was Anselmo's group which found the dead bodies of Claudia and Badillo. "To look for Claudia. he saw Anselmo coming. Badillo. He had to be given first aid treatment. This place is now called Sapang Bato. Later on. Just a little beyond the house. Mang Berong left the house to look for her daughter. it is sweeter to die than to marry a man I don't love. With a sad and heavy heart. . Mang Berong?" asked Anselmo. barrio folks started to build their homes near the spot. Turning to some of the men. The search went on in the dark of night. Everybody became jittery. Claudia. "Where are you going. Goodbye and forgive me. The place soon grew into a village and the residents also grew in number. Anselmo turned pale. came upon a letter under Claudia's pillow. in heaven. one of Claudia's close friends. Other search parties were organized." Without any further delay. he ordered the men to take the bodies to Claudia's home. Even Claudia's father collapsed when he learned of his missing daughter. I will wait for my one and only love. he asked them to join him in the search for Claudia. She could not be found elsewhere in the house. there was discovered a rock bearing the form of a man and that of a woman. He was riding in a cart. The next morning on the spot where the bodies of Claudia and Badillo were found.

The plant did not like the idea of the old man. It blew hard some more. he carefully entwined the stem around a small bamboo post to make a trellis for the plant. "I am a mere slave of mang Teban. The plant drew a deep sigh of relief. the rose.photobucket. The plant requested the wind to blow softly so that the plant would not fall down.jpg[/IMG] Picture of an upo. every part of it was damaged. At once he tied the plant to a thin bamboo post. In taking the bone away. I need your help." So the wind blew hard. I beg you to blow hard and loosen the tie around my body till it breaks. "Thank you. The dog stepped heavily on the small vines and was able to find the bone. thus breaking the knot around the body of the upo." the wind replied. "I know now that all creatures have their own ways of living on earth. look at me. The vine then crawled freely on the ground. The leaves gave shade while the flowers and fruits gave joy to those who saw them. When Tandang Teban visited his upo plant next morning.The Upo Plant [IMG]http://i13. I will do what you" "I had an unforgettable experience. he saw the poor state of the plant. After a few days." said the upo gratefully. The poor plant not only became short. "My friend. "Now you request me to spare you." replied the wind. So the plant talked to the wind. I want to frow freely like the grasses and the plants around me. The plant blossomed. Look at the banana. It wanted to grow freely like any other plant. Just then a dog that was looking for a piece of bone came along. One time the wind blew hard and played with the leaves of the upo. and the other plants in this yard. the sampaguita." said the upo. the dog also carried a part of the vine to a far distance. So my friend. YOu sound funny indeed." "Your request is not just. When the old man saw the growing plant. a common vegetable in the Philippines Once upon a time a wild specie of the upo plant grew in the garden of Tandang Teban. Mang Teban arranged a trellis for the upo to sling its vines on. you asked me to set you free from the bamboo post so you may crawl freely on the ground. Experience is the best teacher." . "but if that is what you like." the plant preaded. They are free. "When you were still a small plant.

The Legend of Waling-Waling by: by Brian Dexter M. whose eyes have gone red in grief and anger. called Dayaw. having tied their kabaws or having brought home the day's catch. A generation lost upon every drop that fell on the dust. Makalisang's men are known to wear bands doused in the blood of the people they have murdered. whose eyes were sobbing. "Mighty Datu! Mighty Datu! A terrible thing has befallen on Ambungan!" cried the visibly shaken man. stumbling as he alighted from his horse. But before he could ask. "I had gone down the stream to drink water and I was so far away I was unable to chase after the man. The dead man was his only brother. A baffling scene greeted their eyes: a rushing horse driven by a man who went out hunting but brought with him not a baboy-halas or usa. Joyful sounds filled the air in the peaceful balangay. The village's men gathered for tuba to welcome the closing of another day of hardwork. Waling. Staying calm. Waling stood worried beside the Datu. Lifeless. ducking silently behind the old mountain. a people headed by brawny Datu Musukul have set up village. he saw the man on the horse's back. . Then suddenly. breathing rapidly. "What is it." Then. The sun bled the Apo's swollen brow. He had been Ambungan's mentor and hunting partner since the young man's childhood. he is one of Makalisang's men!" exclaimed the ever-composed Datu. "Then. The Queen gasped at the realization. gave brightness and beauty to the village. Anger filled him. A strange frenzy caught the village like a fever. Musukul's wife.jpg[/IMG] "Picture of a Waling-Waling" [On the banks of the upper Daba-daba. but a man hanging limply on his horse. he added.photobucket. the Datu came on his door to investigate. "but I saw clearly� he was wearing a red band around his head� he took the catch and went deep into the woods of the Apo� and he was wearing a red band!" as if to make up for not being able to save the Datu's only brother. Medija [IMG]http://i13. "We were hunting usa near the foot of the Apo when a man attacked Ambungan!" Gasping as if drowning in his own though arrested by the assistant's ominous words. It is the blood of their forefathers. looking up at the Datu. what has happened to my brother?" His eyes stuck on the blood running down the horse's brown hidethe same blood that filled his veins. a man's loud shriek reechoed in the fields. Hantik. Little children chased each other while the women shared laughs under the trees. like thunder to a sunny day. Unmistakable sorrow filled the chieftain's face. yet his noble stance never wavering. The chieftain eyed the assistant's blood-stained hands and chest and he clutched the golden necklace that Ambungan made and gave him for a present. The assistant's words drowned in his grief. whose waters meander from the northwest bukids. his blooded hands staining the base of the ladder to the village chief's house. He knelt. and the laughs died into silence.

"Makalisang. and now you have killed my only brother!" Musukul muttered to himself. to Makalisang. time and again you have betrayed me. embracing back the weeping Queen. even children and razing whole villages to the ground. Ambungan had been lain on a wooden bed." . I shall never allow you to go scot-free this time!" His left clasp tightened on the golden necklace until it bled. But Admanun shook his head. Then. Not long after. I cannot bear to see you go and place your own life on the blades of death!" her beautiful eyes overflowed with tears. as the sun sank into the rugged horizon and darkness spilled all over the land. brothers. or sonswhose lives they will risk in their quest for Musukul's vengeance. He and Makalisang had agreed that the Apo be divided equally among them. as though it was his fuming rage. and he swore. as with the others. "Besides. but this blow is too much to bear. fire licked the dead man's body. silently recalled the news long ago of heads being cut and placed on spears around bonfires as Makalisang's tribe chanted all night long to their god. "will you be leaving them without the assurance of your return?" The Queen embraced her husband. "I have been forgiving to you and your men." Admanun. women. too. at least I have caused them enough injury to disable their army and thwart their evil scheme. Moving back into his high abode. We haven't had wars for so long and we are ill-prepared for another� and�. and they have lost horses. and ordered that a hundred of his men prepare for their attack. with a fiery torch. "I have to fight for principles. dipping cloth in a large tadyaw filled with the blood of their ill-fated enemies and wearing them around their heads. Waling. you have repeatedly infringed into my territory. my love. The people gathered outside the Datu's balay were stirred. "Musukul. The day had gone in grieving too. I will make sure they pay with their lives for taking away my brother'sand I will do that even if I had to die!" The fire outside his window burned further. But they were not entirely against Musukul's plans as they had their own stories to say of the savageness of Makalisang and his men. Musukul answered. "But it is too much of a risk. the chieftain lit the dead twigs packed under the bed. and you know how fierce they are to rival armies. I have to assert myself lest they continue to spread tragedy and gloom" Musukul said gently. the East side to Musukul and the West sidethe other side. Datu. They had known of Makalisang's reputation as a bloodthirsty warrior who knew no mercy in killing men. and dark smoke carried his soul to the heavens. Women embraced their husbands. If I must die." glancing at the beauteous Queen who was silently sobbing. Meanwhile. They have violated our pact and now killed my dear brother. as his right grabbed his shining sundang. you shall pay with your own blood the life of Ambungan!" A bead of blood kissed the bamboo floor. you cannot force yourself to attack Makalisang's camp. the mighty Datu called for Admanun."Makalisang. the village sage and his most trusted adviser. "Even I do not worry about my life. livestock and valuables. they can easily outnumber you. Many of them have grieved the loss of relatives and family members to this greedy people. whom they admired as a good gentleman who would sometimes help them tend the kabaws and even to daro on the fields or feed the manok when he wasn't hunting or doing metalwork. "Datu. this is for the future. "and what about the Queen? And your children?" Admanun turned to Musukul. of our children and our people. And they grieve for Ambungan.

But countless somber days have passed and no sign of victory or defeat has arrived in Dayaw. . my Queen. the forests in the background. "At this time they should already have arrived from the battle. I cannot allow you to leave. I shall return. You yourself have heard the words from the Datu's mouth that I should never leave you and your children until his return. Her attention swept aside from the work to the perplexing spectacle. "I am fighting back. but inside. we shall go into the forest to find our Datu. and he does so without mercy! Please do not go.The Queen was speechless. and then the sobbing sky. and stole our horses. lose not hope. Yet his loss continues to worry her. our kabaws and manoks. "You know Datu Makalisang is known for slaying whoever trespasses into their territory. Two moons have now passed and still no word from her husband. he would need food and clothing. like the ones her husband wore. The Queen sat by her window. colorful like the flowers outside. look after them while I am away. Waling." Musukul told the old man. they would have long been banished from the world of the buhi into the realm of kamatayun. She eyed the dark creature. the Datu and the rest shall return. blending with the stars in the heavens. with Bathala's aid. unmoving. My Queen. as the fiery embers cracked in his ears. food and dahun." "Admanun." The wise man showed no worries. Waling acceded. "My Queen. The garment fell on the floor and the ebony creature flapped its way out the window. Musukul!" she begs. along with many of our hunters and farmers. If I had been as fierce. tears still pouring from her eyes. "let us wait a little bit more. Worry heightened throughout the peaceful balangay of Dayaw as it had been so long since the battle and many a life had been risked in the mission." she called her young servant. The moon had flown midway across the raven sky when Musukul and a hundred of his men marched into the thick forests on the way to the other side of the great mountain. preparing for the journey to battle. But they have repeatedly overstepped our borders. they even killed Ambungan. when a coalwinged creature landed on the garment. The trek to bloodshed would take five days. "prepare some clothes. and there is nothing that would stop me from upholding what is right. Just wait. attracted by its beads." Musukul descended from the balay and joined the men. "I should find Musukul myself no matter what! Right now! I am infinitely worried about him. That is a promise. But all had been in vain. I entrust my wife and children to you. he feared the fate of the brave chief and his men. He could be sick in the forest from days of battle. watching tearfully as their torches faded gradually in the darkness." he retorted. she accidentally stung herself with the needle. the latter showing his assent." she said impatiently to Admanun. "I know that." Admanun defended his orders." "In honor of my promise to the Datu. And so did Waling. "Musukul!" Waling could only cry. He would need the dahun for his wounds. His eyes looked far into the darkness." "Kugihana. Waling glanced at her hurting finger and blood oozed from the wound. The Queen was intensely bothered and unable sleep as she had been since the Datu left. She had made an important decision. The Queen was sewing fine horsehair into a headdress. but she is filled with admiration for her husband's heroic stance. and waited for her husband's return.

while the aging Datu Admanun lay in deep slumber. stopping only to rest. I will never be at ease until I see him. as tears formed rivulets on her cheeks. "The Queen has her reasons. Guide his path into my arms so he will fulfill his promise and make my life complete again. I have enough here to stay on until the morning. along with other things they needed. They snaked through the forest for days but they could not see any traces of the Datu or the army. They quickly packed some food. "Almighty Bathala. my Queen." the servant told herself to dismiss the thought and walked on. Why mangoes? Why that far? True. in fact she eats them all the time. She sat there for a whole day. "Kugihana. In the peace of the forest. and a tall white-stemmed tree with lianas spiraling on its trunk towered way above the canopy. almost like a clearing. She is baffled by the words of the Queen. By then you should already be here. where are you!" They came upon a wide section of the forest. all my life if need beand beyond. boulders covered with velvety green moss were scattered on its banks. she thought. A small stream flowed nearby. But she could not defy her master. "Speak no more. her eyes prowling through the lush canopy. She tied herself to the massive branches with ropes to keep her in place and to avoid falling. The top spread seemed to be a perfect place for viewing and so she nestled there where it was shady. While the faithful servant was away. go and search for food. Waling prayed to Bathala like she had never prayed before. as if to command a view of the forest below. She gazed up to the tree's body. and prayed. Let not my efforts be put to waste. We cannot continue our search if we do not have food to keep us strong. Then. But she also eats other fruits like the bayabas or kapayas. taking a torch. they have almost ran out of food and so Waling called from the treetop. She closed her eyes. she is a smart woman and everything she does bears a purpose.One cold evening. Waling could feel her emotions bursting from inside her. I like the mangoes there. now blackened by her sorrow. bring back my beloved Musukul. even the lomboy and the pungent duryanand they are plentiful in the forest nearby. she crept down the balay and woke Kugihana. On these branches I shall nestle. answer me. clothes and dahun in a huge cloth. Go to the bank of the Daba-daba. dark forest. There seems to be something strange going on. moist and windy. She and her trusted servant went deeper into the moist. She was ever diligent in her mission to bring her husband back into her hands." She went on praying through the twilight. and climbed it to have a better view of the forest. But the Queen persevered. and. the Daba-daba is so far away it would take me long to come back here. This terrified the young Kugihana. And so the servant traced back the route to the river." the beautiful Queen said. That noon. and hopefully to heighten the chances of finding her lost love. the queen had put one of her children to sleep. and tiptoed into the edge of the village. they crept into the thick underbrush of the forest." "But. I cannot leave you that long!" the servant worriedly complained. Go and do as I say. . who could barely look as the Queen shakily clang to the giant vines embracing the tree. her ears attentive for every rustle on the floor or among the trees. the Queen favors the mangoes grown on trees by the Daba-daba. until I see him trudge towards my arms. Tears rained down from her eyes as she moved around the forest shouting "Musukul! My love.

Then suddenly. and braved the intensifying rain as she penetrated the forest's thick undergrowth. Stumbling under one of the trees. But she had grown weary from the long trek downhill from the forest and sore after many a fall from the huge mango trees. trembling under the leaking roof of the forest. But it was no time to laze about. I deserve your blows. the Queen's mournful sorrow reverberated through the forests of the Apo while sooty clouds gathered overhead. "The Queen is short of food and there I was sleeping! Forgive me. "Oh Queen. both as recompense and conviction" she muttered to herself. like the Queen's mourning eyes. the winds were silenced. She quickly rose. Kugihana was staring motionless for a long time. The Queen was not there but her eyes beheld something as lovely as the missing queena strange plant in full bloom. and the winds had gone harsh. she could all but drop the cloth in which the fragrant fruits were placed. she saw that it was already dawnthe male fowls have intoned their matutinal chorus. Queen Waling!" The rain had grown furious. gathering the golden fruits she had reaped the afternoon before. It seemed her guilt caused her sinews to numb from weariness. as the leaves above her seemed to clap in rave. It had huge. and it had dark lower corollas. as soon as she directed her eyes skyward. And it had roots that look like they had been tied to the tree trunk. lulled by the cool breeze. The young servant did not realize the speed she went through the forest. prompting her to awake. But when she opened her eyes. Forgive me. Kugihana sensed that she had reached the place and stopped at the very foot of the tree. The forest. neither did she sense exhaustion. It it was still cold and dark. cool current brushed against her face. white-stemmed emergent stood.Meanwhile. "Now. already choked by the somber clouds. and. A lonely raindrop kissed Kugihana's eye. concealing the rising sun. it was almost dark and Kugihana had gathered mangoes from the trees on the banks of the upper Daba-daba. The sky turned gray. "So beautiful� splendid. Speech refused to escape her mouth. It was for what she was beholding." Kugihana whispered in fear. The blossoms were firm and sturdy. Bathala. proud and impenetrable. the storm ceased. casting rays through the canopy. the cold wind blew as thunderclaps crackled in the heavens scaring the raindrops from the clouds. "How foolish of me! How could I!" she scolded herself as she cut through the bamboo grove. as she realized she had fallen asleep when she should have returned to where her master was. as if to join the aggrieved woman. . and lightning flashes overwhelmed the sun. punish me. But cast me not away. as though they were Bathala's voice. Her speeding legs brought her to where the giant. scourge me. her own weariness conquered her and she succumbed to sleep. much like the ropes of the missing queen. watchful and unwavering like the Queen. and." Kugihana was captivated by the strange plant. the lightning vanished and the quaking canopy lay still. I shall desire to be with you in your quest and to be of service to you. shuddered at the sudden wild weather. even Bathala is mad at me. And the sun emerged from behind the clouds. At dawn. It was as if she was beholding the Queen herself. radiant flowers clothed in the color of the Queen's garments. The heavens burst in thunderbolts. A steady.

Looking away. One morning. Kugihana called wearily unto the village elder. and on its highest spray. The frail servant says. "Had I not ordered a halt. since the ablest hundred have taken off with Musukul. all alone and short of food!" Medication pierced deep into her bleeding wounds. we might have found you." Nodding. her guilt would fade away and she is taken into a trance until that bird yells to awaken her. "Waling. "Datu Admanun! I have come to seek help! The Queen is missing. older ones. face wrinkled by age and sorrow. We are deficient in means and in strength. we have searched for many days in the forests around the village but we could not find you and the Queen. where are you!" Kugihana searched for two days but she could not find her Queen. talons bearing a struggling creature that a while ago nibbled on her mangoes. and saved the queen from loss. he quipped in mourning. the servant kept blaming herself. the village sage. Shortly after. "I am to blame for the queen's loss! I left her atop that tree. the tallest I have seen. onto her swollen flesh. let us not lie here wailing. "Kugihana. please help me find her. Her guilt fueled her aching muscles to search through the treacherous thickets and scurry around the littered floor." Only a few men were left in the village and these men were the weaker. while shouting. Infectious grief filled the room. Shaking his head. and the pain that was in her heart engulfed the entire village. Frenzy caught the village like a fever. they had begun the trek to Waling's nest." Then tears begin to gather in his weary eyes. Stumbling upon the village entrance of Dayaw. Let us seek out into the jungle. so I ordered to stop the search." Her anguished moan reverberated through the fields. And in her search.The great bird's moan resonated through the cavernous section of the forest to awaken her from the trance. as soon as the creature perched beside the unusual blooms. With amazing speed she traveled through the dense rainforest reaching the village in two days in a trip that would normally take three or four. led by Kugihana. the sage ordered all the able men of Dayaw to ready themselves for the search. Distraught and laden with guilt. blood rushed into the lady's veins arousing her into frenzy. liana-hugged tree and could not resist the temptation to look above at the glorious sight. "Oh! The Queen!� I must find her!" Kugihana inched farther from the tree. . "Now. she searched the bushes and rocks and trees. shaken off anew by the great bird from the trance. "This is all my fault!" These words kept gushing out of her lips like a prayer-chant. approached the pained maiden. I remember the very spot where I had left the Queen. "Datu Admanun. Each time the resplendent blooms crossed her sight. It is a white-barked tree. a strange bloom nestlesand it had the most beautiful flowers I have seen. my Queen! Answer me. my wisdom fell off with my hair. while inching to prepare. on which the queen had been sitting. she kept returning to the giant. When she was better. and I am burdened by age." Tears spilled down the old man's crumpled cheeks. And. she decided to seek help from the village. it seems. yet this pain pales to that which throve inside her heart. but still glancing at the beauty perched on its highest spread.

The queen was not there. It looked like some unseen hand had deliberately placed them on those steep branches. Something so strange yet so beautifu greeted their eyes. This led Admanun to force words out of his stubborn mouth. named after the queen. Eyes blackened by grief. Their faces brightened. nor of Makalisang and his fabled savageness. he added. . They were astonished. for they remind us of the queen. they were awed the more. and. as though they had seen the queen at last. But the great bird moaned at its mate and took off from among the trees. And the flower. their heads ever attentive." And so it came to pass and nothing was heard again of Musukul and his troops. "That is the tree! The tree where the queen perced!" And they all looked. and the people's faces awakened to the reality. it seemed the flowers were looking for something." "We shall name these flowers Waling-Waling. abloom. But these flowers remind us of her. And their eyes roamed to the neighboring trees. flourished in the forests. tracing the snaking vines skyward. just as peace flourished in Dayaw.A few days passed and they reached the place. aggrieved by the loss of her husband and searching untiringly for him. On almost every tree was the same plant. awed by its sheer size. They beheld the flowers which Kugihana had seen the morning of Waling's loss. "What spectacle! What beauty!" His wisdom returning. "We will never find the queen. Kugihana pointed at the unusually large tree hugged by sinewy vines.

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