An almost perfect cone shape. A magnificence beyond compare. Discover how this wonder of nature came to its existence. Discover how love perfectly carved this landmark.
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A long time ago, Albay was a kingdom. The rajah of Albay had a beautiful daughter whom the people called “daragang magayon,” meaning beautiful maiden.
The talk of Magayon’s beauty spread to neighboring kingdoms where many young rulers and their heirs tried to seek her hand in marriage.
While the rajah was away, a fierce datu came, Datu Buhawen. He wanted to marry Magayon and threatened to kill her father if she refused. However, she tried to delay the marriage so gat Malayo, her sweetheart would be back by that time.
Gat Malayo retured just as the marriage ceremony was about to begin. Datu Buhawen called for his men and a fierce battle began. Buhawen was stronger but gat Malayo was more skillful. Buhawen was killed.
Unfortunately, a friend of Buhawen shot Gat Malayo with an arrow. As Gat Malayo fell, Magayon rushed to his side, and seeing he was dead, she killed herself with a dagger. The two were buried side by side in a common grave. The following day, the earth on the grave began to rise. It turned into a beautiful mountain-volcano. It had an almost perfect cone. In memory of Daragang Magayon, the mountain was named Mount Mayon.
At the foot of the mountain, the people built a town and called it Daraga, meaning, a damsel, to commemorate further the memory of the beautiful maiden.