A very long time ago a certain island there lived
a family who was well known and highly respected by the
people. They ruled the entire village and whatever law they,
made were followed by the people. In fact, the villagers
readily obeyed the laws that were just and fair which made
them very powerful. This power was enjoyed and passed
on to all their descendants.
After a long period of time, there arose a new heir
to the throne whose style of government was a complete
reversal of his predecessors. He was very cruel. His
punishments were harsh and he showed no respect for
One day, there came an old man into the palace.
The old man came to beg and asked the king to pity him
and spare him any food to eat.
Rajah Kawayan, which was the name of the king,
got angry. He even shoved him away and ordered him out
of the palace.
"You're lazy, shame on you for not wanting to work.
All you ever did was beg and beg," shouted Rajah Kawayan
who at the same time pushed away the pitiful old man
from out of his way.
At the king saying, "I pray you would change your
mannerisms and learn to respect others, especially to the
old and weak."
Upon uttering these words, the old man disappeared.
Rajah Kawayan himself became weak and sickly from then
on. Not long afterwards, the king died. Nobody went to
lament his death because he treated everyone badly when
he was still alive.
It did not take too long there grew a strange plant
on the site of his grave. The plant became big. It grew tall,
but one thing noticeable about it was that it had bending
posture. It was always bowing to the wind and everything
around it which on lookers say reminded them of Rajah
Kawayan whom they say has finally learned his lesson of
humility and resfpect for others.
The plant further grew into a tree and was named
"Kawayan" (bamboo, in English) after the cruel king's
name as we still refer to it today.