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THE LEGEND OF
RAPUNZE L By CHRISTINE MAELA JOY TALADUA KATE GIZELLE SAMSONA ANTONIO MATUCO YNA MARIELLA DIONGLAY NOR-FATIMAH CAHAR BRITTANY BA単ES (BSA-1A)
nce upon a time, there were two couples who lived in a barrio. They were expecting a baby girl in a few days. The woman craved for some mangoes, but there were no mangoes in their barrio.
His husband searched far and wide for a mango. He swam through rivers and climbed mountains just to fulfill his wifeâ€™s craving. In the middle of the forest, he saw a mysterious mango that was owned by a witch. It looked very ripe and delicious. The man planned a way to steal the mysterious mango. But as he was about to pick out the mango, he was caught by the witch.
The witch became furious with what the man did. As she was about to cast a spell on him, the man begged her to let him have the mysterious mango for his wife. The witch made a deal to the man that if his wife has given birth, they must give their child to her, or else both of them will die. Taunted by the threat of the witch, he agreed and ran away from her.
The man went back to his home and gave the mysterious mango to his wife. The wife was happy to see his husband carrying a delicious mango she have been craving for days. The man decided not to tell his wife the deal he made with the witch so that she would not worry and be upset with him. A few days later, the woman gave birth to their daughter. They named her Maria Labo.
The man hid Maria inside their house so that the witch will not take her away from them. But, the witch was wise enough to know that the man will not fulfill his promise. One night, while Maria and her parents were asleep, the witch took Maria away from her duyan. Mariaâ€™s parents discovered the next morning that their daughter was already gone. It left them devastated.
The witch decided to leave the barrio so that no one could find them. She built a bahay kubo above a large narra tree near the riverbank. It had no ladders nor doors but only a window. Despite of her wickedness, the witch took care of the little girl as if it was her own.
After eighteen years, Maria became a lovely lady with a long, golden brown hair. One day, the witch left their bahay kubo to buy food in the market. The witch used Maria’s hair as a ladder to go down. After saying goodbye to her witch mother, Maria saw a handsome man swimming in the river. Their eyes met and both felt a spark between them. The man was eager to know Maria better, but there were no ladders nor doors for him to enter the bahay kubo.
Hours later, the witch arrived from the market. The man carefully observed how the witch went inside the bahay kubo. He heard the witch shouted “Maria, Maria let down your hair,” to alert her, and used her hair as if it was a ladder. There he knew that Maria had a long, golden brown hair. He knew then what he has to do tomorrow.
The next day, the witch returned to the market to buy paints for Maria. Suddenly, someone below the hanging bahay kubo shouted “Maria, Maria let down your hair!” Maria thought it was her mother so she dropped her hair down. The man started climbing Maria’s hair to enter the bahay kubo’s window. Maria was surprised and happy to see that it was the man he saw at the river the other day. The man introduced himself to Maria as Pedro who worked in a farm in the other barrio. Maria and Pedro talked for hours until Pedro suddenly asked Maria if she would elope with him. Maria, starting to fall in love with the stranger, did not hesitate to elope with him.
The witch returned from the market. She called Maria’s attention to drop her hair down, but there was no response. Through her powers, she sensed that Maria had escaped from their bahay kubo because of a man. She hurriedly looked after her lost daughter. While Maria eloped with Pedro, she got a little paranoid, knowing that the witch will follow them. They hurdled towards the forest so that the witch would not find them. Unfortunately, both ran on different paths. Maria continued running until she came to a stop.
Maria paused in front of an old house. She went inside and saw an old couple sitting in front of the window. She asked them if she could spend the night at their home to hide from her mother. The old woman made Maria feel welcome by preparing bibingka for her. While preparing the merienda, the old man recognized Mariaâ€™s face and thought that she was quite familiar.
Back to the forest, the witch had caught Pedro. She asked him the whereabouts of Maria, but Pedro didnâ€™t know where Maria went. The witch told Pedro that she will kill him if Maria will not show up and go back to their bahay kubo.
Maria, sensing that Pedro was in trouble, went back to the forest to rescue him. She saw Pedro tied up in the tree. She knew her mother did that to him. She helped him out and told him that she knows a safe place that the witch would not harm them. Maria and Pedro went back to the house of the old couple who helped her the other day.
When Maria and Pedro had arrived, they saw that the witch turned the old couple into mangoes. Maria felt ambivalent that she asked the witch why she did it to the old couple. The witch revealed the truth that it was her parents. She made them become mangoes so that Maria would not reunite with them. The witch had loved Maria like a daughter that the thought of being without her would be devastating. However, Maria did not feel the same way for her witch mother. Filled with rage, Maria cursed his witch mother to become a mango for being selfish and heartless to her parents.
After the incident, Maria cried so hard that she ate her parents who turned into mangoes. She also cut her hair and burned their hanging bahay kubo because it reminded her of the bitter memories she had with her witch mother. Maria was devastated to know that she was too late to reunite with her real parents. However, she was never alone. Pedro loved her and married her. She made a new beginning with Pedro, and they had lived in peace. The End.