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Landmark Legends: Pagsanjan Falls, Laguna

Pagsanjan Landmark-Legends

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.

Story Behind the Landmark:

Many years ago, in a land now called Laguna, there were no falls. The only things among the lands were 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 were very close and had a strong bond. For many years, they enjoyed a peaceful life filled with happiness and wealth.

But this peace was not meant to last as a terrible drought brought famine and death. For months, no rain fell and the land became dry, making the flowers and food plants wither. The surviving birds and animals had no choice but to flee the inhospitable land. The twin river, creeks, and other bodies of water dried up and not a single drop of water was left.

Balubad and Magdapio suffered immensely. They prayed for rain each day and night but their prayers fell on deaf ears. Days passed and the brothers grew weak. Finally, Balubad died and Magdapio grieved and cried with great sorrow. He buried his brother on the slope of the mountain overlooking the river delta.


Left alone in the waterless lands, the lone brother searched the region for water in vain. He cried and cursed the gods for his despair. Angrily he hurled down his cane on the rocks and a spring bubbled forth. Rapidly it grew bigger and the fresh water roared down the canyon walls, soon becoming a majestic waterfall. That is how the majestic Pagsanjan came to be.

See the falls for yourself along with the rest of the natural landscapes of Laguna with our Pagsanjan Tour.