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The Legend of Makahiya

A myth submitted to the site by Zinnia Marniel Bendayon

Philippines

Long time ago, there was a couple in Barangay Masagana (Pampanga today) who wanted a daughter. Their wish was granted and the wife gave birth to a baby girl. They called her Maria. Maria was very beautiful but very shy that she wouldn't go out from their house.

Weeks later, Spaniards came to their town. The Spaniards were very cruel that they get everything they wanted. They rob houses and kill everyone who gets in their way and who refuses to give what they wanted.

The couple was very frightened to lose their daughter so, they hid Maria in the bushes so the Spaniards couldn't find her.

After the Spaniards left their town, the couple tried to look for Maria but they couldn't find her even in the bushes where they hid her, instead they found a little plant that is very sensitive that when you touch it, it would immediately close.

So they thought it was their daughter, Maria. They called the plant "Makahiya" that means "touch me not," like their daughter who was very shy.

By Zinnia Marniel Bendayon
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Name: Denzel Ramos 25th August 2014
Thanks a lot! Finally something to show my teacher
Name: Herley 24th August 2014
Oh! Salamat. Meron na akong mga project sa english tungkol sa mga alamat. Tinulungan mo ako. Hahaha salamat.
Name: Joannlou Carpio 24th August 2014
Thank you for this short story because it hepled to me act may Project

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