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Philippine Legend: The Legend of Mango

Updated on August 6, 2018

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.

Their father whose drunk all day.
Their father whose drunk all day. | Source

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.

A young mango tree
A young mango tree | Source
The tree bears green fruits that turns to color yellow when ripe..
The tree bears green fruits that turns to color yellow when ripe.. | Source

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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      mary grace s calo 

      2 years ago

      this is the philippine fruit

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      3 years ago

      we want dream, we dream the same dream






      Gets nyo

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      4 years ago

      What's the moral lesson?

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      Lol. No need to apologized Sunako Nakahara ^-^' Things like that happens. And thanks for leaving some comments, I appreciate it. :) It lets me know someone dropped by and read a hub. :) Have a great day or night!

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      Sunako Nakahara 

      6 years ago

      Precy* Typo and poor eyesight. -_- I'm really sorry. :'(

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      Sunako Nakahara 

      6 years ago

      Gomen. I wasn't reading the information on the upper side of the page. And also the comments. @Percy Anza

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      Sunako Nakahara 

      6 years ago

      I was wondering where can I see the author. I'd like to put this on my project. ^^

    • precy anza profile imageAUTHOR

      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      You could be right about that GypsyFlower! :) I hadn't thought of that possibility. I just wish that all siblings could be like that younger son to their parents. And maybe that's why the mangoes got their sweetness too when they ripens.

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      precy anza 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks, glad you like the story about that explains the shape of the fruit :) I love mangoes too! And for somehow, I'm imagining the green mangoes right now, crunchy and sour :)

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      Gypsy Flower 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A

      Legends like these have always fascinated me, and they often have more than a kernel of truth to them. Maybe not a literal interpretation, but who knows? Perhaps the love that the youngest son put into his mango trees was the reason the fruit was so popular, and of course that would have led to his prosperity.

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      Christofer French 

      7 years ago from Denver

      Excellent, wondrous tale. There is not only delight, but a strong moral lesson too. I am in love with Mangos. Now I have a transcendent reason to like them.


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