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The Legend of the Sampaguita

A long, long time ago there lived in a distant island barangay a ruler named Bagsik died and, following tradition, the leaderhsip of the barangay was given to her lovely daughter who, unfortunately, lacked the skills needed in the art of government. Immediately after the death of the old Rajah, datus and lakans from surrounding villages and islands came to pay their last tribute.

Some of them were deeply moved by the good Rajah’s demise. Others came purposely to size up the situation. Although the barangay was a small one, it was prosperous nevertheless, and this way due to the wise rule of Rajah Bagsik.

As a result, the barangay became an object of envy. Aware of the dangers that beset her domain, Lakambini refused the offer of help that came from some chieftains. It was for this reason that she even turned down the pleadngs of the gallant Lakan Galing to look after he. And so Lakambini, in her own way, continued to rule the barangay herself, reluctant as she was to share power with others.

Lakan Galing, however, was determined to be of help to the woman she loved. At night, he would moor his vinta near Lakamibini’s island and keep watch over the barangay till sunrise. Then he learned of the conspiracy between Datu Bundok and Datu Dagat to capture the barangay ruled by Lakambini.

The two datus had pretended to be friends but in reality, they had evil designs to depose Lakambini. Although Lakambini knew pretty well that her people were brave and loyal, she was also aware of the fact that she needed somebody – one she could trust – to lead her warriors in the event of battle. She no choice but to ask Lakan Galing’s help. The first encounter between the forces led by Lakan Galing and those headed jointly by Datu Bundok and Datu Dagat resulted in favour of the former.

A victory feast was celebrated. This celebration was doubly significant because it was on this occasion that Lakambini gave her promise of marriage to Lakan Galing soon after the dispute was settled. Lakan Galing and his men waited day in and day out for the enemy to attack a second time but the latter kept them I suspense. Then, unable to control his reslessness anymore, he decided to attack. “If the enemy does not come, then we shall seek them,” Lakan Galing told his men. And he ordered them to prepare their vintas. Before venturing to meet the enemy, Lakan Galing bade Lakambini goodbye. “Sumpa kita,” Lakambini answered. Then Lakan Galing left to lead his men to go after the enemy. They boarded their vintas and sailed into the open sea. Day and night Lakambini dutifully went to the hilly slope where the horizon stretches a bit farther in order to wait for her lover’s return. But she waited in vain for the brave Lakan Galing was never to come back. Lakambini spent the rest of her short life in grief. Then she died and was buried on the spot where she used to wait for her ill-fated love.

Not long after, a delicate vine whose white, sweet-scented flower mirrored the maiden’s purity and faithfulness grew on her lonely grave. The flower was named Sampaguita in honour of the two – lovers Lakambini and Lakan Galing – who pledged their love for each other with the words, “Sumpa kita.”

» This is the legend of the blossom whose name was given to a group of thirty young boys and girls to call it their own... As a name that could represent the unending friendship that we vowed to keep intact throughout the rest of our lives...Sumpa man. Magpakailan man.

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