In the olden days there lived a lovely maidennamed Daragang Magayon. She was the daughter ofRajah Makusog of Rawis and Dawani, who diedshortly after Magayon’s birth.
Daragang Magayon’s beauty attracted many suitors from differenttribes. Among them was the haughty Pagtuga, the great hunter and powerfulchieftain from Iriga, who courted her by lavishing her father fabulous gifts. But Daragang Magayon did not love Pagtuga. She had given her heartto Panganuron, the brave son of Rajah Karilaya of the far-off Tagalog region.
He had saved her from death in the river one morning. She hadgone to bathe in the Yawa river which was swollen after a night of heavyrain. Balancing her self on a stone, she slipped and fell into the water.She did not know how to swim, and she would have been carried awayby the swift current had Panganoron not come to her rescue. Hehappened to be passing by, and when he heard the maiden’s frantic cryfor help. He plunged in to the river. In an instant, he was at her side.Then he tenderly carried the frightened girl to dry land.
Not long after, he spoke to her of his love. Daragang Magayonshyly admitted that she had also fallen inlove with him. This gave theyouth courage to thrust his spear at the foot of the stairs at RajahMakusog’s house.
Realizing that his daughter love the young man and wishing onlyhappiness for her, Makusog gave the couple his blessing. With greatjoy, Panganoron left for home to prepare for the wedding.
The news of the approaching wedding reach Pagtuga’s ears in no time.He was very angry, and he thought of a way to prevent the marriage. Oneday, when Rajah Makusog went to the mountains to hunt, Pagtuga waylaid himand took him captive. “I will set you free only if you gave Magayon for a wife”. Pagtuga told Makusog. “The answer is not mine to give. Ask Magayon her self”, said Rajah.
And so Daragang Magayon was brought beforePagtuga. Told that Makusog would be put to death if sherefused to be Pagtuga’s bride, she tearfully consented tomarry him. “We shall be married in seven days”, said Pagtuga. And he ordered his people to prepare for a wedding.Learning of this sudden turn of events, Panganoronabandoned his own wedding preparations and hastilyreturned to Rawis with his brave warriors. In the battle,that ensued, Panganoron slew Pagtuga.
But while Magayon was rushing joyously to meet herbeloved, a stray arrow caught her at the back.
As Panganoron held the dying maiden in his arms, he wasstruckdead by a spear hurled by Linog, Pagtuga’s hench man. Seeingthis, Makusog rush at Linog and killed him with his minasbad.
Thus, that would have beena joyful occation became a day ofmourning as the people burried theirdead. Rajah Makusog himself dugthe grave where he tenderly laid thebodies of the lovers. Days after, the people sawthe grave rise. As it grew higher,eventually assuming the form of apeerless cone, it was attended bymuffled rumblings and quakes. Then itspewed out red-hot boulders from itscrater. Eeven now, it does so from timeto time. Old folks explain thephenomenon as Pagtuga aided byLinog, agitating the volcano to retrievehis gifts, which, following an ancientcustom, where burried with Magayon.
On certain days, when the tip of the volcanois shrouded in mist and cloud, the old folks saythat Panganoron is kissing Magayon. When afterwards rain trickles down the mountainslopes, they say that the rain drops arePanganorons tears as he cries over his lost love.
The volcano’s name has been shortened toMayon. It’s majestic shape lords over thelovely countryside of Albay.