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Philippine Legend: The Legend of the Guava

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Learn the story behind how the guava got its crown.

Learn the story behind how the guava got its crown.

The Folktale of the Guava Tree

Philippine culture is rich in folklore. One tale I enjoyed during my childhood was the legend of the guava fruit, which comes with a moral lesson. A guava tree or fruit is called bayabas in Tagalog, the Philippines' language.

The story goes like this:

A long time ago, a king ruled a rich, prosperous island. He had all the things a king could ever ask for: the power, the wealth, and all the delicious foods one could only imagine. The king's name was King Barabas.

King Barabas is a rude king and overweight, indulging himself in all the foods available, hesitant to share with anyone. And his castle is starting to become filthy. He would spend most of his time sitting and eating with his bare hands. As he eats, he drips food on the floor and smiles mockingly at the people around him, especially his servants.

People in the kingdom would approach him with requests for his help, but he would always refuse. As he neglected his kingdom, people started to complain and starve.

After some time, an old hunched-back woman appeared at the castle begging for food while the king was eating. The old lady asked for food as she was starving.

"Go away! I don't have anything to give. Can't you see I'm eating?" said the irritated king.

"Please, my king," begged the old woman. "I'm asking for anything, anything you could give me as I am so hungry. Even a little piece of bread or fruit would do."

"Get out at once! You disgust me," the king belittled the old beggar.

The old woman stood up straight, casting aside her stooped posture. "I've heard much about you and how your kingdom is suffering." The tone of her voice had changed. It was no longer the voice of a weak, old woman. "I asked for help, and you shoved me away. You have a lot for yourself, but when I only asked for a little food, you belittled me. You are selfish. No one loves you, and no one will remember you when you are gone!"

And the beggar disappeared.

After a few more days, the king slowly weakened and became sick. No one knows what's wrong with him. He got weaker and weaker and lost so much weight. He looked older than his age. Soon after that, the king died. As unfortunate and unexpected as it was, no one cried, and nobody showed up at the king's burial. He died alone.

And where the king was buried, his people noticed a strange plant growing, a plant they had never seen before. The plant soon grew into a tree, which bore rounded fruits that turned yellowish when ripe.

People also noticed that the fruit seemed to have a crown as it developed, which reminded them of their selfish, arrogant king. The fruit's flesh tasted a bit sour, just like the sour personality of the king towards them.

The people learned to eat fruit, which helped them with starvation. And because the tree was from the grave of their King Barabas and it had a crown just like their king, they named the tree after him: barabas, which in time they called bayabas.

The fruit is still called, as to this day, bayabas.

And although the guava may have come from the rude, selfish King Barabas, guava fruit is one of the fruits that offers many health benefits when consumed; the fruit is a good source of vitamin C. The leaves are made into a tea that treats many diseases, from a simple toothache to treating diarrhea, lowering blood sugar, and many more. And it is used among young boys after their circumcision in the Philippines.

Or maybe it's the way of the late king to make up for the wrongdoings he did?

The fruit of the tree that sprouted at the grave of the arrogant king which is now called bayabas (guava).

The fruit of the tree that sprouted at the grave of the arrogant king which is now called bayabas (guava).

Questions & Answers

Question: Where can I read more about legends like The Legend of the Guava?

Answer: If you're looking for more legends of about fruits, you may want to start with The Legend of the Java Apple:

Question: Is the Author of "Phillippine Legend: The Legend of the Guava" Filipino?

Answer: Yes.


DOC SCIENCE on January 15, 2020:


Kim Jhon Anahao on December 01, 2019:

What is the summary of the story??

Rebem on November 08, 2019:

What is the summary of this story

Ashley nicole ramos on October 12, 2019:

Give the paraphrase

Sallongen on October 11, 2019:

Looking for the analysis of the story

Dhannica on September 30, 2019:

Is theres a year and sources from this legend

CLAY on September 25, 2019:

Who is the author?!!??!?!?!?!

SANTOS on August 14, 2019:


alne nerrie on August 14, 2019:

ilike guava

GWEEN DAPIN MAGNO on August 13, 2019:


asal on August 06, 2019:

who is the author of the story

john reign on August 05, 2019:

moral lesson plss

brian on August 04, 2019:

who is the author of this legend

joseph on August 03, 2019:

What is the moral lesson

marco on August 02, 2019:

Wat is the reflection of the story

Scarlett sml cbgtn on August 01, 2019:

What is the summary of this story?

princess on July 31, 2019:

what is the moral

Justine on July 29, 2019:

I love Guava or bayabas in busaya language.

Charles on July 25, 2019:

I love Darren

hayabusa on July 21, 2019:

thanks a lot

Chelsy on July 20, 2019:

What reflection these??

Kim on July 20, 2019:

What is the summary of this story?

Camille on July 17, 2019:

What is the name of the author?

Student on July 13, 2019:

What is the origin of this story?

RODELIA DACER on July 13, 2019:

Where did the guava legend originated

Gwen on July 08, 2019:

What is the theme

novenia on July 07, 2019:

its so beautiful legend

Issy miele on June 28, 2019:

Thanks for creating this page it's very usefully

chris on May 14, 2019:

it very good legend.

Pia on March 29, 2019:

I love this story very much actually super.

Siti choiriah on February 20, 2019:

where is the conflict section??

John on October 10, 2018:

Very nice Legend story

roxanne on October 07, 2018:

who is the author of this story and the characters?

irish on September 22, 2018:

What is the moral lesson

PRINCES VEA on September 19, 2018:

what is the theme,plot,origin and reflection

Abegail on September 16, 2018:

What's the moral lesson?

Yuri Anime Shipper on September 01, 2018:

Can anyone please tell me who is the author of the story?

Minnie on August 30, 2018:

Can someone tell me where's the





5.point of view

Tj on August 29, 2018:

What is the moral lesson?

gemalynanntobias on August 16, 2018:

what is the origin of the story?

maria corazon v. cortez on August 13, 2018:

what plot of the golden guava?

georgia on August 12, 2018:

who is the author of this story?

shen eeno on August 10, 2018:

where this legend came from? from what particular area in the philippines came this story?

Neil Justin on August 09, 2018:

Who Is The Antagonist please :D :D:D :D: D

Jaszen on August 03, 2018:

Who is the character of this Story??

Ramiah on July 28, 2018:

Where is the setting Please ang The reflection

Ncole on July 27, 2018:

What is the moral lesson?

Rianah on July 21, 2018:

what is the theme?

Laurence Joy on July 19, 2018:

Whats the source?

Kim on July 16, 2018:

What is the origin of this?

Julian on July 15, 2018:

What is the reflection of this story

julz macabulos on July 12, 2018:

what is myth in english language of this story

Kathleen joy divino isaga on July 10, 2018:

thank you

khristined villavicencio on July 05, 2018:

what is the moral lesson of this story?

Zerraiii Mucheee on January 08, 2018:

Thank you so much for sharing this story now i have done my homework but i really would love to know whos the author...:)

Leo on November 08, 2017:

I used this for my assignment but didn't get to know the author.

Venus on September 13, 2017:

Thank you

Legendary Shan on August 06, 2017:

Thanks for this website and the legend. :D

jepoyson itaok on August 04, 2017:

can someone give the setting of this it really helps

HSISproject on July 19, 2017:

what is the insight of the story?

Cockbait on July 19, 2017:

Hey thx for the legend I used it on a English project.

Novelyn on July 18, 2017:

Thank you very much

Trisha Barcoma on July 16, 2017:

Thank you for this website.. :-) It really help's me trough my research...And i really love this story..

deathprovoke on July 04, 2017:

thank you .. you helped

Erica Bongo16 on June 28, 2017:

Thank you because I already completed my assignment

PaoloCruz on June 27, 2017:

Thanks for sharing the legend, I actually uesd in my project

edrienne on May 31, 2017:

i love the story and im glad im filipinno

Anna Bua Wale on May 20, 2017:

Like the story so I take this for my daughters assignment. I love the story.

jeff on April 03, 2017:

my name is jeff

naina on March 16, 2017:

the story was really fantastic.i really loved it.

Joshua Gabriel S.Arceo on March 11, 2017:

Good story.The moral lesson is do not be a selfish person and be a generous person....

Ashleymamale29 on February 15, 2017:

I loved the story.

my namehaha on February 14, 2017:

what is the moral lesson?

Rhea Theresa Boral on February 14, 2017:

The I s story is very interesting I love this.:D

r on February 14, 2017:

ive done my assignment because of this

kazim on January 13, 2017:

i loved it thank u so much!!!!

Daisy - Hertfordshire England U.K on January 01, 2017:

It is better to give than to receive, with a good helpful heart toward the lesser ones, you will reap abundant blessing.

jp rizal on December 05, 2016:

give us settings please :) ./.

jane on November 18, 2016:

it teaches us a lesson that its not right to be is bless to give.

Mick on November 08, 2016:

We grow this Filipino fruit in our garden here in Australia it has a pain easing effect with my Cancer,Thank You for the Legend

My name on October 22, 2016:

I wrote this in my own words and I read it to my class they all loved it

Ram on October 16, 2016:

So.. cool!

cane on September 29, 2016:

very nice legend

Amber777 on September 19, 2016:

nice nice nice legend

HOKAGE on September 10, 2016:

How to donload the story

ja on September 04, 2016:

what is problem

BananaLover_02 on August 13, 2016:

Two thumbs up! Great for Memorization

yna kizzer :) .. on August 12, 2016:

Whats the moral lesson!!!

So boring!!!!!

But thats good...

tricia on August 11, 2016:

what is the character,plot,conflict resolution,setting and theme

gerelyn on August 06, 2016:

nice story!!!

crisolo on August 05, 2016:

who is the author of this story

kimberly may oquiana on July 30, 2016:

who wrote this story?

Hhenbdn on July 13, 2016:

What is plot

fuckme04 on July 11, 2016:

who is the real author in the story

Jenny on September 02, 2015:

What is the moral lesson

Juel on August 21, 2015:

Who is the real author of this story?

cj on August 05, 2015:

The moral lesson is .........think of it. .....

But the legend is good....

Angel on August 02, 2015:

what is the moral lessons?? and can you give the plot or summary of that Legend??

kenneth on July 25, 2015:

it is very interesting legend i was very Impressed :)

roller girl on July 22, 2015:

wheres the moral lessons