Philippine Legend: The Legend Of Mount Mayon
Known as "the perfect cone," Mount Mayon has the symmetric conical shape that attracts people near and far to witness its beauty. Mayon can be found on the province of Albay on the Bicol Region of the Philippines.
Mayon already had erupted 48 times, and I had heard one eruption from my dad's story when he was a young boy.
Being the most active volcano aside, Mayon was really a beauty. I had seen it once and I hope that it won't be the last. That was the time when I traveled with dad to his province, the Albay, fixing some paper works that needs to be done for our immigration. I was mesmerized by the Mount Mayon and I remember feeling excited and can't stop smiling when the bus got close to the Mayon (it seems so close) and looks as if it was chasing the bus we we're riding at. And just like what my dad told me about his childhood memories living close to Mayon, it really looks like as if Mout Mayon was smoking, I don't know if it was really smoke that was coming out from the beautiful Mayon.
Is the Mount Mayon really alive? After you read this legend on how Mount Mayon was well-known as the "perfect cone," you could decide for yourself.
Here goes a really good legend about the volcano, also known as Mayon Volcano that happens to be the beauty people are admiring today.
A long time ago, there was a beautiful maiden whose known in the village as Daragang Magayon (daraga :maiden or lady - magayon: beautiful.) Magayon has a lot of suitors near and far because of her beauty. She was lovely and has a smooth skin. According to his father, the ruler of their village, Magayon was already on the right age to marry so whenever his lovely daughter decided to get married, it is alright with him. The problem is, his daughter didn't find anyone from her suitors suitable to be her other half. She hadn't chosen anyone.
"I will only marry the man I love," the beautiful lady said.
One day, Magayon slipped and feel on the deepest part of the river while she was bathing. And she didn't know how to swim! Luckily, Paganoron saw her and saved her. Ruler Karilaya was the father of the courageous man who saved Magayon. He was out hunting on the area when he heard someone crying, he saw the maiden who needs help so he jumped off the river to come to the rescue of the beautiful Magayon.
The courageous warrior feel for Magayon's beauty so he courted her. And Magayon also feel for his savior. Soon, the wedding of the two was announced on their villages.
But, Magayon also has another persistent suitor, his name is Pagtuga and he just had a clever idea to postpone or stop the wedding of the two. He captured the father of Magayon, the Ruler Makusog.
"I am not going to release your father unless you marry me instead," he said.
And because the maiden loved her father so dearly, she doesn't have any choice but to marry Pagtuga.
The lady went to Pagtuga's village and turned herself in, in exchange of her father. She's going to marry the man. Her beloved Panganoron heard the news and so he gathered all his strong warriors to fight Paganoron and save Ruler Makusog and his sweetheart Magayon.
That very day, a big battle happened between the two villages. Panganoron won over Pagtuga, he had killed the villainous man who captured his beloved Magayon's father and his soon to be wife. The lovely lady ran to his lover when she saw that Panganoron won the fight.
But before Magayon could even reach her sweetheart, a stray spear got Magayon from behind. Shocked to what happened, Magayon slowly feel on the ground, facing her lover, blood pouring from her body, and while she was gasping for breath, Panganoron was thrust on his back by one of the enemy's warrior and died. The Ruler Makusog witnessed it all. He followed the warrior responsible for what happened and killed him to avenge his only daughter and Panganoron's death.
After the battle, Ruler Makusog brought his lifeless daughter's body back to their village, and so is the body of Panganoron, her daughter's lover.
"Dig a big hole. Big enough for my beloved daughter and her sweetheart," he ordered to his men. "I know how much they loved each other, and so they deserve to rest together."
And so, Magayon and Panganoron was buried, side by side in a grave. Both their villages mourned for the two. They offered flowers and fruits on top of the grave.
The villagers noticed that the grave of the lovers had risen after few weeks. The grave continuously rise. Up and up, it went higher, shape as a cone.
It was so pretty and looks like a perfect cone. And because of the beautiful daughter of their ruler, Magayon, the villagers started calling the beauty, Mayon. It was now known as the Mount Mayon in the province of Albay.
And you know what? The people believes that when the Mount Mayon rumbles, it was the two lovers way of reminding the villagers around the Mount Mayon about their tragic death.
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