LANDMARK LEGENDS: Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna

Legends and myths are not just simple stories; they contain lessons and morals passed on from generation to generation. These tales may also include valuable historical facts and data about the culture and lifestyle of people or race involved.

A legend on the origin of Pagsanjan Falls


Long, long time ago in a land now called Laguna, there were no falls. There were only foliage highlands and Twin Rivers, called Bumbungan and Balanac. Right at the eastern bank of Bumbungan River, there lived two brothers named Balubad and Magdapio. The bond of the two brothers was intact and strong. For many years, they have enjoyed a life of peace, happiness and wealth.

But a calamity struck one day. A terrible drought brought famine and death. No rain came for successive months. The land became dry, the blooming beautiful flowers and food plants withered and died. The birds, deer and other animals fled, some had died. The twin river, creeks, and other bodies of water dried up too. Not a single drop of water in any area was left.

Balubad and Magdapio suffered immensely. They prayed for rain each day and night but their prayers were not answered. Days passed and the brothers grew weak. Later on Balubad died. Magdapio grieved and cried in sorrow. He buried his brother on the slope of the mountain overlooking the river delta.

Left alone in the waterless world, he searched the region for water but couldn’t find any. He cried and cursed the gods for his despair. Angrily he hurled down his cane on the rocks and suddenly, a spring bubbled. Rapidly it grew bigger and the fresh water roared down the canyon walls, soon becoming a majestic waterfall. Thus, the falls of Pagsanjan emerged.

Reminisce this soulful legend by visiting the Waterfalls of Pagsanjan in Laguna 

Let the boatmen take you for a thrilling ride as you navigate through the Pagsanjan River’s rocky surprises. This famous waterfall exhibits the power and beauty of nature that Laguna is blessed with.

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