Philippine Legend: The Legend of Mango
One of the fruits we all enjoy. While the ripe ones are sweet and perfectly goes with other fruits for desserts, the green unripe fruit is loved as well for anyone craving for the sour green fruit with a sprinkle or salt or eaten with shrimp paste or bagoong (a salty paste made from fish).
During summer produce aisles would be packed with fresh bright yellow ripe mangoes inviting anyone passing by to come buy it with its vibrant color. It can be eaten fresh just on its own or used along with other tropical fruits for a refreshing cold treat. I remember during rice harvesting season, mom would have ripe mangoes ready after lunch. And who wouldn't love green mangoes? I love them as well as much as the ripe ones. Perfect with just salt for an afternoon snack fresh from the tree.
Anyway, there is a legend that explains how the mango got its interesting heart shape. And according to the legend, here how it goes.
A long time ago in a far away town, a very rich, happy couple resides and they have three boys. The sad part was, the wife died too early which left the three boys and their father. The father was so sad and heart broken when his beautiful wife died. He just can't accept that she was already gone.
The days was consumed with him being drunk, all day long. Alcohol was his companion and the only thing that makes him deal with the bitter situation the family didn't expect to happen.
The young son approached his father one day and told him, "Please stop what you're doing to yourself dad. We are still here, please hold on." But his dad didn't listen to him. He continued what he was doing and he neglected their livelihood.
Soon, the family is heavily indebted. And the family lawyers adviced the siblings that the inheritance should be divided to all three of them. The eldest son think about it and decided they should have the shares of the properties before all was gone.
And because he was the eldest, he got all the land, and the second son got the big house for himself and all the properties in it.
The youngest son? Oh, he had decided to take care of their father on a small nipa hut on the farthest part of the land his older brother had given him.
At last their father came to his senses! But it was already too late. He got sick and his body slowed down.
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Then the day had come that the father was already on the brink of death. He called his youngest son who's taking care of him and he asked for forgiveness.
"I'm so sorry my youngest son. I would be gone and I have nothing left for you other than the heart of your mom and me."
What the father was referring to? It was a fortunate seed that his father and mother had been keeping, shaped like a heart. The very ill father had instructed his youngest son to take care of the seed just like the way he loved and cared of his negligent father.
When the father passed a way, the youngest son planted the heart shaped seed and takes care of it everyday. He watered it everyday and pulled weeds around the sprout. Soon, the sprout grew to be a strong, big tree.
The day came that the tree bears cluster of green fruits shaped like hearts. And when the fruits ripened, they turned out to be yellow in color. And they're sweet!
The youngest son was so lucky. When he sold the ripe fruits, the wholesalers paid him a lot of money. And he planted again the seeds of the remaining ripe fruits so the trees will multiply. And so the next year, he got a land of his own where he planted a lot more fruits.
In case you are wondering about his two elder brothers, well, they both had consumed all their shares as years passed while their youngest brother's effort had all paid off in all that he did.
Then the time came when the youngest son had bought their old family home and the lands his parents owned before. And he also invited his two elder brothers to live with him in the new house on the center of the land he had got for mango plantation.
Since then, they had proved to all that the success of a person doesn't lie on the lines of the palms but instead on the effort that has been done to better his situation whatever kind of life he had grew up with.
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