|Alamat ng Arbol de Fuego|
English version at the bottom
Si Haring Araw ay tanyag, hindi lamang dahil sa kanyang kapangyarihan, kundi pati na rin sa kanyang nag-iisang anak na dalaga na ubod ng ganda. Maraming kalalakihan ang pumipila upang hingiin kay Haring Araw ang kamay ni Sinag upang mapangasawa. Ngunit, ang hari ay sadyang mapili. Ang nais niyang mapag-isang dibdib ng kanyang nag-iisang anak ay ang anak ng tulad din niyang diyos o di kaya’y isang dugong bughaw.
Subalit tulad ng kanyang amang mapili, si Sinag ay walang magustuhan sa mga nais ng ama niya na manligaw sa kanya.
Isang araw, habang namamasyal ang dalaga sa kanilang kaharian ay nakita nito ang isang matipuno at guwapong binata. Inatasan niya ang kanyang alipin na alamin kung sino ang lalaki. Inanyayahan ng alalay ang lalaki at ito ay nagpakilala kay Sinag.
Mula noon araw-araw nang nagpupunta sa bahay ni Poy ang magandang dalaga. Di naglaon naging magkasintahan ang dalawa.
Nalaman ni Haring Araw na ang kanyang anak ay umiibig sa isang pangkaraniwang tao. Nagalit ito at pilit na pinaglalayo ang dalawa. Pinagbawalan niya ang kanyang anak na lumabas ng kanilang palasyo. Dali-dali rin niyang pinagkasundo na ipakasal ang dalaga sa anak ng kaibigan niyang si Haring Buwan.
Nang isang araw na magpasyang magpahinga si Haring Araw at ang mga ulap ay unti-unting pumaligid sa mundo, sinamantala ni Sinag ang makulimlim na panahon upang tumakas mula sa palasyo. Dali-dali siyang nagpunta sa bahay ng binatang iniirog. Subalit nagising ang hari at nang malamang umalis ang kanyang anak ay mabilis niya itong sinundan.
Nagliwanag ang buong mundo at nahuli ni Haring Araw ang tangkang pagtatanan ng dalawang magkasintahan. Sa galit ng hari sa anak, nasambit nito na ang dalaga ay hindi na muling makakatuntong sa lupa. Mananatili na lamang si Sinag sa kalangitan kung saan hindi na siya maabot ng binata. At para sa mapangahas na binata na umibig sa anak ng hari ng araw, ito ay sinumpa ng hari na manatili sa kinatatayuan upang hindi masundan ang dalaga.
Pagkasambit ng hari ay unti-unting umangat ang dalaga at habang pumapalangit ay umiiyak na nagpapa-alam sa kanyang kasintahan. Samantalang ang mga paa ni Poy ay parang napako sa lupa at siya ay dahan-dahang naging isang puno. Siya ang pinaka-unang puno na tinatawag ngayong Arbol de Fuego.
Sa kasalukuyan, mapapansin na ang punong Arbol de Fuego ay namumulaklak na parang kulay apoy lalo na tuwing pinakamainit ang panahon. Ito ay ang binatang si Poy na nagpapahiwatig ng kanyang taimtim na pagmamahal sa kasintahang si Sinag.
THE LEGEND OF THE FIRETREE
King Sun was well known not only because he was a very powerful ruler but also because of his beautiful daughter, Sunshine. Many mortals from all over the world would come and pay tribute to the king, just so they could bask in the light of beauty emanated by Sunshine. All of them wanted to ask for his daughter’s hand in marriage and yet the king was very fastidious. He wanted his daughter to marry the son of a fellow god or a mortal of noble blood. The king was never satisfied.
One day, as Sunshine was walking around their kingdom, she saw a handsome and well-built lad. She gazed at him from afar and asked her servant to find out who the fellow was. The slave bowed her head and readily went to the young man. She told him that her master wanted to know who he was and that he was invited to be in her presence. He then strode over to the group of the princess and introduced himself as Fire.
The two became good friends and got to know each other better.
The king eventually found out about the romance between his daughter and the ordinary mortal. He became angry and ordered his soldiers to separate the two. The princess was then ordered to stay within the palace. It was then that the king decided that Sunshine should be betrothed to the son of King Moon, who was his long time friend and ally.
Though Sunshine was imprisoned within the palace walls, her loyal servant was able to secretly arrange a rendezvous between her and her paramour. They met each other under the cover of darkness and planned on escaping the palace to later on wed each other without the knowledge of her father. Sunshine then bade farewell to Fire as he slipped away into the night.
Meanwhile, King Sun was very tired the after having overseen the farmers plant during the summer season. Dark clouds covered the sky which then made it dark for quite some time. Sunshine then took her chance to escape while it was still dark and then proceeded to go to Fire’s house. Unbeknownst to Sunshine, her father was following her having awoken from his deep slumber.
When Sunshine reached Fire’s house, her father emerged from the darkness and unleashed his fury. The world was engulfed in light and the searing heat of King Sun’s anger made that day, the hottest one for the rest of eternity. He cursed his daughter that she will never again walk on the soil that mortals tread on and would be confined to the sky where Fire would not be able to reach her.
The king then turned his anger towards Fire and banished him to the ground where he was standing on, never again to reach Sunshine.
As King Sun said this, Sunshine began to float into the air while trying to reach out with her hand towards Fire. Fire can do nothing as he watched her cry and bid farewell. He felt as if his feet were growing heavier and heavier like they were being planted on the ground. He then slowly became a tree which is now known as the Arbol de Fuego or the Fire Tree.
The Arbol de Fuego, or the Fire Tree as it is commonly known nowadays, has flowers that bloom like flames during the hottest months of summer. With its arms reaching out to the sky and its flowers all abloom, we are reminded of the love that Fire once had for Sunshine.
Researched and Rewritten by Lovedy
Translated and Formatted by Daniel Andrei Garcia