Zaide was born on May 25, 1907
and he died 1986. He was a Filipino
historian and author. He was a multi-awarded
author, he wrote 67 books
and 500 articles on history. He was
the first Asian to win the United
Nations Study award in 1957.
Long time ago there was a place
called Mantapoli and its population
was numerous. Because of its rapidly
increasing in power and population,
too, the equilibrium between
Sebangan(East) and Sedpan(West)
This problem soon to came to the attention of
Archangel Diabarail. He go to the heaven and told
to Allah about it. Sohara, the voice of Allah told
that Diabarail will go to the Seven-Regions-
Beneath-the-Earth and the Seven-Regions-in-the-
Sky to summoned the angels and when Allah
made the barahana(solar eclipse), they will
remove Mantapoli and transfer it to the center of
the earth. The veryspot vacated by the sultanate
of Mantapoli became a huge basin of deep, blue
water-the present Lanao Lake.
When Diabarail saw the rising tides, he
immediately returned to heaven to report
to Allah. He told that the rising water from
the basin can cause the people drowned.
Allah commands to Diabarail to summon
the Four Winds of the World:Angin-Taupan,
Angin-Besar, Angin-Darat, and Angin-Sarsar,
and blew the overflowing water and makes
an outlet. Diabarail obey that command.
After three trials, they successfully make an
outlet that they called now as Agus River.
– Gabriel to the
Christians, an angel
– Lord of Muslims
– Vice of Allah
from the Seven-Regions-Beneath-the-
Earth and the Seven-Regions-in-the-Sky
(Four Winds of the World)
Long ago there was no lake in Lanao. On the place
where it is now situated, there flourished a mighty
sultanate called Mantapoli. During the reign of Sultan
AbdaraRadawi, the greater grandfather of
RadiaIndarapatra (mythological hero of the Lanao
Muslims), this realm expanded by military conquests and
by dynastic marriages so that in time its fame spread far
The population of Mantapoli was
numerous and fast increasing. At that time
the world was divided into two
regions: Sebangan (East) and Sedpan (West).
This dis-equilibrium soon came to the
attention of Archangel Diabarail (Gabriel to
the Christians). Like a flash of sunlight,
Diabarail flew to the Eighth heaven and talked
Diabarail, leading his army of
angels, flew to the east. In the twinkle
of an eye, the sun vanished and a
terrible darkness as black as the
blackest velvet shrouded the
universe. The angels sped faster than
They swooped on Mantapoli, lifting it
with great care and carried it (including
its people, houses, crops and animals)
through the air as if it were a
carpet. They brought it down at the
center of the earth, in accordance with
the command of Allah. The very spot
vacated by the sultanate of Mantapoli
became a huge basin of deep, blue
water-the present Lanao Lake.
The waters coming from the deep bowels
of the earth rose higher and higher. Archangel
Diabarail, seeing the rising tides immediately
returned to the Eighth Heaven and reported
to Allah. Allah told him to blow an outlet for
the overflowing waters. Obeying the Master's
command, the faithful messenger summoned
the Four Winds.
The four winds of the world blew, and
turbulence swept the whole eastern half of
the earth. The surging waters rolled swiftly
towards the shores of Tilok Bay to the
southeastern direction. But the towering
ranges impeded their onrush. The Four
Winds blew, hurling the waves against the
rocky slopes but in vain; no outlet could be cut
through the mountain barrier.
It came to past that there was a
high cliff at the outlet, and over the
cliff the waters cascaded in majestic
volume. Thus, arose the beautiful
falls which, aeons later, was named
Maria Cristina, after a famous queen
The conflict of the story is over
population of Mantapoli and the
fear of it over turning the Earth.
Allah had his Archangel fix it by
lifting the Sultanate and placing it
in the center of the Earth.
: Third Person Point of View
: Its theme is creation. It tells a
myth of how a place is formed.
: Be responsible enough on
the things or works you should do. Think
of others not only yourself.