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The Legend of Mayon Volcano - Philippine Literatur
Topic Started: Aug 10 2008, 07:18 AM (31,994 Views)
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In the golden days, there lived in Ibalon a lovely maiden named Daragang Magayon. Daragang Magayon’s beauty attracted many suitors from different tribes. Among them was the haughty Pagtuga, the great hunter and powerful chieftain from Iriga, who courted her by lavishing her father with fabulous gifts.

But Daragang Magayon did not love Pagtuga. She had given her heart to Panganoron, the brave son of Rajah Karilaya of the far-off tagalog region. He had saved her from death in the river one morning. She had gone to bathe in the Yaw River which was stolen after a night of heavy rain. Balancing herself on the stones, she slipped and fell into the water. She did not know how to swim, and she would have been carried away by the swift current had Panganoron not come to her rescue. He happened to be passing by, and when he heard the maidens frantic cry for help, he plunged into the river. In an instant, he was at her side. Then, he tenderly carried the frightened girl to dry land.

Not long after, he spoke to her of his love. Daragang Magayon shyly admitted that she had also fallen in love with him. This gave the youth courage to thrust his spear at the foot of the stairs of Rajah Makusog’s house. Makusog gave the couple his blessings. With great joy, Panganoron left for home to prepare for the wedding.

So Daragang Magayon was brought before Pagtuga. Told that Makusog would to be put to death if Daragang Magayon refused to be Pagtuga’s bride, she tearfully consented to marry him. Then they got married seven days after.

Learning of this sudden turn of events, Panganoron abandoned his own wedding preparation and hastily returned to Rawis with his brave warriors. In the battle that ensued, Panganoron slew Pagtuga. But while Magayon was rushing joyously to meet her beloved, a stray arrow caught her at the back. As Panganoron held the dying maiden in his arms, he was struck dead by a spear hurled by Linog, Pagtuga’s henchman. Seeing this, Makusog rushed at Linog and killed him with his minasbad.

Thus, what would have been a joyful occasion became a day of mourning as the people buried their dead. Raja Makusog himself dug the grave where he tenderly laid the bodies of the lovers.
Days after, the people saw the grave rise. As it grew higher, muffled rumblings and quakes attended it. Then it spewed at red-hot boulders from its crater. Even now, it does so from time to time. Old folks explain the phenomenon as Pagtuga, aided by Linog, agitating the volcano to retrieve his gifts, which, following ancient custom, were buried with Magayon.

On certain days, when the tip of the volcano is shrouded and mist in cloud, the old folks say that Panganoron is kissing Magayon. When afterwards rain trickles down the mountain slopes, they say that the raindrops are Panganorons tears as he cries over his lost love.

The volcano’s name has since been shortened to Mayon. It’s majestic shape lords over the lovely countryside of Albay.
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• Lover of Daragang Magayon
• Brave son of Rajah Karilaya


• Great hunter and powerful chieftain from Iriga
• Fell in love with Daragang Magayon

Daragang Magayon

• Beautiful lady from Ibalon
• Lover of Panganoron
• Daughter of Rajah Makusog
• The maiden that Pagtuga fell in love with

Rajah Makusog

• Father of Daragang Magayon
• Buried the bodies of Daragang Magayon and Panganoron
• Who killed Linog with his Minasbad


• Pagtuga’s henchman
• Who killed Panganoron

Rajah Karilaya

• Father of Pangonoron
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