Gintong Aral

The Myth About The Sugarcane

Long time ago, there lived an
accomplished but sad "datu" or chieftain.
He had achieved a lot for his tribe at a
young age but he seemed to be bored
by it all. He didn't find meaning in all his
success. So he wondered what it was like
to be in heaven. Perhaps, he thought, his
satisfaction would be realized when he
reached heaven. When? Why not right
now? He told himself. So he planned to
end his life then and there.

One day, he prayed to, Bathala,
saying, "I am getting more bored and fed
up with life everyday. As to my accom-
plishments here on Earth, I find them
increasingly" meaningless. Please allow
me to ascend to heaven earlier!" Before
this, he had thought of saying "allow me
to kill myself" but later re-worded it to
something more tolerable to god. He
waited for a reply. Suddenly a voice said,
"But yourtime on earth is not yet over."

The datu felt a little disappointed and
left the palace. Then he went alone for
walk around the forest. Suddenly an old
man came up to him. Knowing the
grievance in his heart, the old man tried
to cheer him up by. Saying, "It might surprise
you to know, my Lord, that we can
already find heaven on earth!" With that
remark, he led the datu to a place where
there grew a kind of plant that has a long,
slim, and tall body, and long leaves that
looked very much like a bamboo. It
looked like a long purple tube.

The old man went on to say, "This is
a heavenly plant. Its incredibly sweet
stem, will take you to heaven" The datu
started chewing its stem and found it
indeed very sweet. According to the
myth he really felt like heaven. He told
himself, this sweet tube-plant was even
sweeter than all his achievements
combined. He examined the tube plant
and decided to call it a tube, or "tubo" in
the vernacular.