THE LEGEND OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTY

In those days, tribes were not in good terms with each other. Tribal wars were common.

There was a man in Tinglayan called Banna , who had extraordinary bravery and strength. He had an unusual charm so people look up to him for leadership. He was also a very good “ullalim” singer.

One day Banna realized that he needed a life time partner , someone to share his life with, so he went in search for a wife. Since there were no eligible women in his barrio he decided to ascend Mount Patukan, a mountain east of Tinglayan and go to the sitio of Dacalan, Tanudan.

While it was still daylight, he stopped and rested under a big tree at a distance away from the sitio so that no one could see him. This is because he might provoke trouble by his presence.

When night came, Banna slowly went down nearer to the village and searched for a place to observe. After some time, he heard a soft, melodious female voice singing the ullalim. He was drawn to the voice and moved closer to the hut. Peeping, he saw the most beautiful woman he had ever set eyes on. Long, wavy hair, dark, fringed eyes, and a voice that grew sweeter and sweeter as he listened. For him, the voice was like that of an angel- titillating, like a zephyr wind being able to move the coconut leaves around him. He could not contain himself, so he softly knocked at the door. The family refused to open the door for him as they saw, they did not know him. He was a stranger and it would cause trouble to let him in. …(to be continued)

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