Philippine Legend: The Legend Of Coconut

A coconut tree.
A coconut tree. | Source

Reading books about legends is another past time I enjoyed when I was a kid, that and comics. I just love stories.

Have you ever noticed the coconut seems to have eyes and a mouth? And one legend explains why so.

Here is the legend of the coconut tree.


A young man is in love with a beautiful young woman who also live in the island where he resides. Later on they became sweethearts. The young woman is pretty and kind-hearted and he loves her with all his heart.

There's one problem though.

The mother doesn't like the young man for her daughter. And she's thinking, " my daughter is one of the island's beauty and she should be finding someone better for her." And her problem was, the two cannot be separated no matter how she tries.

So she seek the help of a sorceress.

Days passed by and the young woman hasn't seen her beloved. She waited but he hadn't shown up to visit her. Then a heavy rain came that resulted in a flood. With the flood water, an earthworm appeared swimming towards her. It startled her to see that it seems to know its way.

"Don't be afraid. It is me," it says to her. And before she could speak he added, " I was cursed. Your mother had seeked the helped of a sorceress. And the curse had turned me into this." Teary-eyed, the young woman gently picked up the earthworm and set it in her hands and said how sorry she was for what her mother did.

"Hurry and bury me into the soil," it said to her. "I want to keep watching over you even when I'm gone, and for you to have something to remind you of me." And so she did buried the earthworm into their yard.


A strange plant sprouted on where she buried her cursed sweetheart.
A strange plant sprouted on where she buried her cursed sweetheart. | Source

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Weeks passed, and she missed him so much. Then months went by.

And one morning to her surprised, she saw a strange plant sprouted exactly on where she had buried her cursed sweetheart. In memory of him, she waited and took cared of the strange plant.

It took some time but the sprout grew to be a tall tree without any branches. And it flowered and had fruits. When one fall off the tree, she decided to see how the inside of the round fruit looks like. And to her surprised, when husked, the shell seems like a head with two eyes and a mouth!

She then thought of her young man and maybe it's his way of fulfilling his wish. And she remembered when he said, "Hurry and bury me into the soil. I want to keep watching over you even when I'm gone."

Looks like eyes and mouth, isn't it?
Looks like eyes and mouth, isn't it? | Source

Next time you have a coconut shell in your hands, notice the three rounded holes in it. It looks like it has two eyes and a mouth which the shell could be the head. If you do noticed it, remember the young man on this legend and his promised to watch over his sweetheart.

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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

A charming if sad little tale precy - I shall read some more of your Philippine legends in due course - it is interesting to see how these stories develop. Alun.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

I had enjoyed reading a lot of legends when I was a kid :) And this one was one of those that had stick in my memory :) The coconut sure looks like a head.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Myths and legends are so fascinating! Thank you for sharing, precy anza! This one was a very romantic story - bit sad, but still a love story! Voted up & beautiful


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Chicks With Ticks 3 years ago from Lakeland, FL

How lovely! I never thought of the coconut as having a face until now. Thanks for sharing this interesting story.


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Daena B. 3 years ago from Wenatchee, WA

The legend is very charming! I guess now I know how the coconut has a face. Thank you for sharing the story.


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

Yes they are fascinating Mike_Robbers :) Reason why I got hooked into reading legends when I was a kid. Thanks for the visit and up!

@ Chicks

Now you know, ^-^' so I'm thinking next time you buy a coconut you can remember the legend and maybe spot the two eyes and mouth? Or.... maybe it was just me who see the three round spots as eyes and mouth :) Thanks for dropping by!

Hi Daena B. I just said I wonder if it's just me who see it like that, now I know you too ^-^' You see the shell as the face and I see the spots as eyes and mouth.


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Kalmiya 3 years ago from North America

Thanks for your unique hub about coconut legend story; that's so nice. The coconut is an amazing plant with so many uses (I wrote a hub about palm products where I look at some coconut uses) and I think it also makes great ice cream! I'll have to go read your other legend hubs now.


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Kalmiya: Hope you enjoyed the legend :) And yes, it makes a good ice cream, I like coconut flavored ice cream! ^-^' Thank you for dropping by! Found your hub, and I would like to include a link to it from my other hub, "What To Do With Coconut Leaves? Creations Made From Coco Leaf."


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Greensleeves Hubs 3 years ago from Essex, UK

Coconut flavoured ice cream is very good - second only to vanilla in my opinion. But the two are great combined - I buy vanilla ice cream and shredded dessicated/dried coconut and mix them together - well worth trying!


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

Alun, I just had drumstick ice cream, reading this makes me crave for young coconut flavored ice cream now ^-^' I should try that combination sometimes. Why haven't I thought of dried coconut before?! Thanks. :) I will try that.


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pinkhawk 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

This reminds me of my childhood days when my mother used to read legends for us... so she can get our attention and keep us inside the house. Thank you for sharing! ^_^


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

That sounds fun pinkhawk! ^-^' Your mom probably knows a lot of legends then. I love listening to legends too, not just legends, any stories! :) Thank you for dropping by!


Joanna 16 months ago

this is useful


Esperanza Castelo 12 months ago

Precy, I love your stories. I am also a story lover. I would like to edit your stories and correct some grammatical errors if you would let me. Thank you for sharing these legends with us.

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