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Nagkaroon ng matinding taghirap sa kanyang kaharian. Hindi maganda ang naging ani ng mga magsasaka at naging mahina ang benta ng mga mangangalakal. Ang lahat sa kaharian ay inutusang magtipid upang maka-alpas sa taghirap na kanilang nararanasan.
Lahat nga ng tao ay gumawa ng kanya-kanyang paraan upang makatipid maliban sa isang tao. Ang mismong hari na si Barabas ay hindi sumusunod sa kanyang utos. Walang itong pakialam na naghihirap ang mga taong kanyang nasasakupan. Patuloy siya sa paglustay ng kanyang kayamanan sa mga walang kwentang mga bagay.
Habang ang lahat ng tao ay nagtitipid at minsan lang sa isang araw kung kumain, ang hari ay parang piyesta kung magpaluto sa kanyang mga alipin. Iba’t ibang putahe ng iba’t ibang mahal na klase ng pagkain ang kanyang ipinapahanda. At ang masaklap pa dun ay siya lamang ang kakain ng mga pinaluto niya. Maski sobra ang mga pagkain ay hindi niya niyayaya ang kanyang mga kasambahay o ang mga taombayan na saluhan siyang kumain. Ang mga hindi niya maubos ay hinahayaan lang niya hanggang sa tuluyan na itong masira at hindi na puwedeng makain.
Isang araw habang nagpipiyesta ang hari sa harapan ng kanyang palasyo ay may lumapit na isang matandang pulubi. Humingi ng limos ang pulubi maski pagkain na lamang pantawid sa kanyang gutom ngunit hindi pinansin ng hari ang matanda. Sa halip, pinagtabuyan pa niya ito. Nawawalan daw siya ng ganang kumain dahil sa mabahong amoy ng pulubi.
Nagalit ang pulubi at sinabi sa hari na dahil sa kasakiman nito ay bibigyan niya ito ng isang leksiyong hindi niya makakalimutan. Hindi pa natatapos magsalita ang matanda ay biglang kumulog at kumidlat. Ang hari ay unti-unting nagbago ng anyo. Nagsisigaw itong humihingi ng tawad sa matanda ngunit huli na ang lahat. Biglang naglaho ang matanda habang ang hari ay naging isang ganap na halaman.
Nakita ng taombayan ang lahat ng pangyayari at ng lapitan ang halaman ay may nakita silang bunga nito. Ito ay bilugan at may koronang nakapatong. Ito na nga ang kanilang hari na si Barabas na dahil sa kasakiman ay naging isang halaman.
Mula noon tinawag nila ang halaman na bayabas mula sa pangalan ni Haring Barabas.
Legend of the Guava
Once upon a time, a greedy and arrogant king ruled a small faraway town. King Barabas was feared by his constituents however, he was also secretly hated by the people. The king was moody and would give his servants irrational tasks. He would often scold them if his commands are not done. The king also loved to eat, sleep at spend his wealth on useless things.
A big drought came to the kingdom. The harvest was not good and even trading was low. All of the kingdom was asked to be prudent in their spending and save until the drought was over.
All of the people adhered to the call and made their own ways of saving up except for one person. The king violated his own rule. He didn’t care about his starving people. He continued his luxurious ways and spent as if there was no crisis in the kingdom.
While the people would eat only once a day, the king would have feasts for himself. He would ask his servants to cook different kinds of expensive and exotic dishes. The worst part is he would not even share the food with his people or even his servants even if the food was abundant. He would not even allow his servants to eat his leftovers instead he let it alone until it gets spoiled.
One day while the king was having his usual eating fest in the palace yard, an old beggar came to ask for alms. She asked the king for some food since she was starving. But the king just ignore the beggar. Instead he commanded the beggar to leave as he was losing appetite due to the beggar’s smell.
This angered the beggar. She told the king he was greedy and for that he was to be punished. Before the beggar could even finish her sentence, a thunder was heard and lightning struck. The king’s appearance was slowly transforming. He cried asking for forgiveness but it was too late. The beggar suddenly disappeared while the king was turned into a plant.
The people saw what happened to the king and came nearer to inspect the plant. They saw a small rounded fruit which had a small crown on its tip. They agreed that it was indeed their greedy and gluttonous king, Barabas who was turned into a plant.
From then on the plant was called bayabas from King Barabas’ name.
Researched and Rewritten by Lovedy
Translated and Formatted by Daniel Andrei Garcia