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Legend of Mount Mayon
Transcript of Legend of Mount Mayon
The Legend of Mount Mayon has become a part of the life of the people living in Daraga, Albay mainly because the mountain itself plays a big part in their beliefs, practices, culture and celebrations. The Magayon Festival was celebrated in commemoration of this legend. Because of the rich oral tradition of telling stories the there came different versions of the legends where they tackle a tragic love story of a beautiful damsel and a brave warrior. These legends were believed to be the reason of the mounting of the beautiful volcano.
The legend tells the story of the most beautiful maiden named Daragang Magayon in Bikolandia or Kabikolan, long before the separation of the Philippines to mainland Asia. During those times, it is prohibited for a maiden to marry a man living outside the Kabikulan. Though Daragang Magayon had a native and rich but selfish suitor named Paratuga. She fell in love with a stranger, a Tagalog, named Panganoron.
Tiong Makusog buried his daughter along with all her belongings including the bride price given by Paratuga. The inhabitants of the land were surprised to the grave of Daragang Magayon into a hill. Also at the top of that hill were clouds that busrt out rain.
One night, she told her father Tiong Makusog about her love affair with the stranger and though it is prohibited and it hurts the father's heart to know that his only daughter is in love with a stranger he still told her that he will find the best way to fulfill the wish of his daughter. Unfortunately, Paratuga kidnapped Tiong Makusog and demanded Daragang Magayon to marry him in exchange of the life of his father. When Daragang Makusog learned about this, she hurriedly went to the house of Paratuga and agreed to marry him.
Then the date of the marriage is announced. When the news finally reached Panganoron he planned to save the girl he loves and decide to throw a war against Paratuga. The war happened on the day of the wedding and there Daragang Magayon was killed with a stray arrow and when Panganoron is holding the weak body of the beloved, he was attacked from behind. Both of them were killed.
And at night the people experience thundering noises of rolling stones and earthquakes. The hill kept growing and growing. Today, it is now known as The Mayon Volcano, deriving its name from "Magayon" and the name of the town Daraga is derived from Daragang.
Lesson of the Story
Conflict of the Story
When Daragang Magayon fell in love with a stranger, Paratuga kidnapped her.
Do things that will make you happy even if you sacrifice something.