Chapter 2: Sinukwan and Dian Masalanta


Long long time ago when gods and goddesses ruled the world. A locust infestation fell on the dominion of Mount Makiling. The patron goddess of the mountain sought the assistance of Apung Malyari the moon god of Mount Pinatibo and ruler of the eight rivers. One amongst the foremost powerful gods of the Luzones also called as Lucoes. Awed by the wonder of the goddess Diyan Masalanta of Mount Makiling, he sent heavy rains to drive the locust away to the direction of Mount Alaya.

Apung Suku of Mount Alaya, the sun god of war and death saw the incoming insects. Ordered one of the Guardians of Mount Alaya, Supla Supling who can cause tempest, tornadoes, and typhoon to safeguard the kingdom. The insects were driven to the west within the direction of Apung Malyari’s mountain.

This led to a fight again between the two most powerful deities within the region after thousand of years. Apung Malyari hurled an enormous boulder which chipped off the peak of Mount Alaya, Suku’s mountain. Angered, Apung Sucu retaliated by throwing a huge grinder made of gold causing a large destruction on Mt Pinatubo, Apung Malyari’s mountain. Blinding lightning, deafening thunder and terrifying fiery explosions filled the whole atmosphere. Defeated Malyari, reamed himself Punsalang, the chief of all your enemies.

Suku’s hard working subjects are planting the sturdiest trees in his kingdom, but these trees were curtail by the Taga-ilug, living along the bank of Ilug Maragul. The perpetrators were cornered by and also the evil deed reached Suku.

The Taga-ilug, asked their goddess Diyan Masalanta, daughter of Anagolay (goddess of lost things) and Dumakulem (guardian of mountains) . Referred to as the goddess of love and affection, conception and childbirth and protector of lovers and stopper of storms and deluge to rescue their people. Riding their fastest boats in Ilug Maragul, the angered Suku threw 2 big rocks within the river reversing it’s flow assisted by his people. The Taga-ilug were helplessly driven back, the goddess of Killing acknowledge this defeat, and in honor of her conqueror called Suku, “Sinukwan” which means “someone to whom others submit or surrender”.

Makiling became the love object of Sinukwan,  a paragon of beauty and strength furthermore an embodiment of virtues. She gave three daughter to Sinukwan. Malagu (“Beautiful”), Mahinhin (“Modest”) and Matimtiman (“Charming”)—representing  the inherent nature of her own character. Diyan Masalanta womanhood became central image projected by Sinukwan.

They married mortal men: Masikan (“Strong”) became Malagu’s husband, Matapang (“Brave”) was Mahinhin’s and Masipag (“Industrious”) was Matimtiman’s. They became the royal lineage of the Kapampangan Ancestors.


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