In the early days. Lake Bulusan was a village
named Aguingay. It was ruled by Raja Pinangunay.
a pirate from Malacca in his younger days it is said
that he was a tyrannical and godless ruler.
One day, as he was looking out at the beauti-
ful sea, he felt a strong yearning for his days out on
the sea. So he gathered his kinsmen and set out to
invade the coastal regions of the island of Samal.
Their invasion, proved successful. The old Raja
and his party were able to capture much treasure.
They also captured so many men. and young women
that their vintas were overloaded. The weather was
good. The wind blew favorably and San Bernardino
Strait was but a short distance to cross between
Samal and the tip of Luzon.
But halfway across San Bernardino Strait, a
typhoon came. Waves lashed the overloaded vintas.
The wind grew strong and the rain made it too dark
for them to navigate. For the first time in the life
of the old pirate, he was afraid. He saw some of his
best men thrown overboard and swallowed up in
the whirlpools of the strait. The waves and the wind
lashed at them mercilessly. Many of his captives
and men got lost in the angry sea.
Then the women started praying. Raja
Pinangunay asked them what they were doing. They
told him that they were asking Heaven for help. The
pagan Raja promised them freedom if their prayers
could stop the typhoon.
The women went on with their prayers and af-
ter a while the wind and the waves started to abate.
Then the angry sea became calm. The sun came out
shining radiantly in the sky and the wind blew favor-
ably toward Luzon.
However, half of Raja Pinangunay's kinsmen had
been lost at sea, and this made him angry.
Late that afternoon, his fleet of vintas. loaded
with captives landed safely on the shore of
Binorongan seaport of Aguingay. Everyone was glad,
and the women were happy because Raja Pinangunay
had promised them their freedom.
But he changed his mind. He had them tied
together and herded up in the mountain trail to his
village. His captives walked all the way to his moun-
tain hideout that night. When they got to the village.
he had them locked up and given only little food to
The following day the captives were taken out
to the kaingin to work as slaves. They could not es-
cape because ropes were tied around their waist.
The followers of Pinganunay stayed in the village and
the slaves worked in the kaingin for them.
This went on for sometime.
One day, a woman slave went to see the powerful
Raja in his palace. She reminded him about his promise to
free his captives. At this, the Raja only laughed and said. "I
was only lying. Now that Iam on solid ground, I am Heaven."
He had hardly finished saying when a water spout
dropped from the sky and crashed down upon his palace.
The sky opened up and it rained and rained until the village
sank under water.
The village was turned into a lake. The rain did not
stop until the lake overflowed its banks. Nobody was saved
among the proud inhabitants of the village.
The slaves, however, had been working out in the
kangin and were saved. Their guards ran into the forest for
their lives and the slaves set themselves free. They settled
down in the lower part of the district. They called their
settlement Bulusan. In Bicol, Bulusan means the place where
river flows. The settlement became the town of Bulusan,
in Sorsogon, and the lake become Lake Bulusan.