Gintong Aral

A Myth On Mayon Volcano

The myth on Mayon is composed of three epic stories.
The story of Batlog, Handiong, and Bantong; all fierce
epic warriors battling evil mystical creatures out to
grab the whole of Bicol. this is how the stories go.

The first warrior, Batlog, accidentally
stumbled upon a vast area of land rich
with vegetation and forest because of
its fertile soil. Batlog fell in love with the
land and decided to settle there. He
moved his people from Batavara to this
new found land called Ibalon. His kingdom
greatly prospered in Ibalon, but it
was far from living happily ever after.

Soon, evil mystical creatures attacked
them to grab Ibalon from their
possession. A giant man eating wild boar
was the first to try out Batlog's mettle. The
monstrous wild boar ravaged the land,
destroying much of the crops and killing
so many people. But eventually, Batlog
easily wrestled the giant wild boar to
death. Some years of peace and prosperity
reigned again, but not for long.
Soon huge wild water buffalos or carabaos,
winged sharks, and giant crocodiles
and other crazy looking creatures lined
up the siege of Ibalon. Batlog could manage
the fights a while, but age eventually caught
him up.

Then entered Handiong. Handiong
and company came to rescue old
Batlog. According to myth, Handiong
proved a violent warrior, fiercely defeating
the huge creatures. Soon, the Ibalon
enjoyed years of peace and prosperity
again under Handion's leadership. But
being mere mortal, Handiong soon grew
old. And a new batch of rampaging
creatures was soon on the scene again,
wreaking tremendous havoc on Ibalon.
But Handiong could do nothing except
watch helplessly. But Bantong came to
his rescue, wiped out all "halimaws" or
evil creatures, and this time, a volcano
with a perfect cone appeared on the
scene. It was to be symbolic of the heroic
exploits of the chieftains and a perpetual
guardian over the vast land of Ibalon,
which is now Bicol.