Legend of The Origin of The World and Its First Humans (Si Malakas at Si Maganda)

A Philippine legend I translated from my Filipino book into English. "Ang daigdig at ang unang tao" (The world and its first humans). Filipino legend of the origin of the world and the first man and woman. Philippine mythology pagan belief. A creation story in Philippine literature. Also known as "Si Malakas at Si Maganda" (Strength and Beauty). A summary.

“Ang Daigdig at Ang Unang Tao” (The World and the First Humans)

(also known as)

“Si Malakas at Si Maganda” (Strength and Beauty)

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It was told that that in the beginning, there was no earth or man. There was only the Sky and the Sea. Both of equal prowess, they exist one above or below the other. The only thing in between them was a small bird.

The bird was flying endlessly, until, he got bored and tired. The Sky was above him, but he can’t reach it; below him was the Sea, but he can’t land on it.

So the bird thought deeply. And then he swooshed, and scooped and splashed water from the Sea. He continued with his splashing until water reached the Sky above.

The Sky was furious. He didn’t want the waters to flood him, and he noticed that the Sea now was also mad.

All the Sky thought of was creating rocks and then throwing them. And so he did. The Sky created rocks and he threw them down, which landed on the Sea.

The bird was satisfied. He landed on those rocks and then made a nest.

The Sky commanded the bird to never disturb him and the Sea again.

… But then the bird noticed something floating on the water. He ignored it but the bamboo shaft bumped him and hurt him. He got so furious so he pecked and pecked the bamboo until… it split into two.

From the first half sprung a man, and from the second, a woman. Strength and Beauty. They were our first parents, and from them, the rest of the world began… The End.

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Read a different version of the story here by Wikipilipinas: Philippine Mythology | Creation Stories

See the 2006 art work by Tet N. Enciso here: “Si Malakas at Si Maganda”

(c) Ae Dechavez

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  1. Dondy Teruel
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    how about the origin of the “Si Malakas at Si Maganda”? Where did it come from? Where was it discovered or recovered, whatever the case may be? Thanks in advance

  2. Posted January 7, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    wala b kaung tagalog ng malakas at maganda/?

  3. MJ
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:12 am

    ang arte nyu buti nga mewong article about legebd

  4. _khr!s ann_
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    …tamahh!…♥ !\/\/! _D4R!<_PR!NC3XS_ !\/\/!

  5. jaijai
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:28 am

    _JhaiJhai gulmatico_
    thanks meron aquh! hahah my project na……………..need”"”"”"”"”^_^ kc tlaga

  6. fe ann
    Posted September 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    oo nga, di man nagAartehan kundi kelangan as project. anyone knows a link to get the tagalog version? help pls…thanks…

  7. Posted September 27, 2010 at 4:30 am

    yun meron nh ko assignment ko yehey parang bata>?

  8. Posted September 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I hear this story it’s so beautiful…..:D

  9. Posted October 2, 2010 at 7:33 am

    hai ang galing talaga ng technology

  10. Posted October 25, 2010 at 6:30 am

    thank you meron na ako project hope ko lang bigyan nyo pa ng much more information ha

    thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Justine
    Posted November 16, 2010 at 1:04 am

    love it

  12. Posted March 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

    thank u po nagkaroon aqo ng project!!!!!

  13. Posted June 8, 2011 at 4:02 am

    ty po

    Posted June 9, 2011 at 6:03 am


  15. Posted June 18, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Okay! May Assignment na Den!! LOLs… XD

  16. Pamela Ashley
    Posted June 19, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    wLa po banG mas Better dito ?!
    Assignment po kasi ee ! :D

  17. lizette
    Posted June 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

    haha mei ass n aq haha ty poh xa inio

  18. Posted June 23, 2011 at 2:39 am

    This is a mythology and not the truth and therefore baseless. Can’t imagine I descended from bamboos!
    Please read the very first chapter of the Bible i.e Genesis Chapter1 and you will realise you are made beautiful (in the image and likeness of God Himself …………..!!!)

  19. Posted June 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    ang galing namn

  20. Posted June 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

    yehey!! may project na ko!!! =)
    thanks very much!!

  21. Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm


  22. Posted June 30, 2011 at 7:14 am

    napakaganda naman nang story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. sam_~Avian
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm


  24. Posted July 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

    parang nakaka aliw yung kwento tapos kapupulutan pa ng aral!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by mary jane posted on july 3 2011 at 3:01 pm

  25. bearhug
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

    buti nlng may n takpuan din ang hirap pla kung ang tagalog n kwento gagawing english nku buti may nkita nku

  26. Posted July 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

    yes i have a project

  27. Posted July 6, 2011 at 5:25 am

    cnO pO ba authOr neTO ?

  28. titi
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

    hahahha ,,,,, dpat pa tlaga ipakita ang TITI??

  29. Posted July 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Meron na rin i got a assignment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ………………..::p

  30. Posted July 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

    oh my gosh :D DDDDDDDDDDDDD

  31. Posted July 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

    si malakas at si maganda :D

  32. denmarkpaul
    Posted August 15, 2011 at 10:08 am

    the story is so very interesting to the childrens…..

  33. Gerbie Durante
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 5:28 am

    I’m Gerbie, an English teacher. Can I use this copy of “the legend of the origin of the world” from your blog in my module/ book for my First year high school students?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

  34. Posted May 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

    @Gerbie – Hi, sure, you can use this copy. Thanks too!

  35. Posted August 15, 2012 at 4:18 am

    hAy bUtI nMn mAy projeCt nA aKo…………

  36. Posted August 15, 2012 at 4:41 am

    aNg dAmI kOnG SiNuLaT aNg hIrAp iSulAt …..!!!!!!!!! :)

  37. princess
    Posted August 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

    yaykz!! oh yeah!! my proj. na hehehe hrap i2ng idraw..but kyang kya..hehehe

  38. bong
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:15 am

    asan ung tagalog version \”SI MALAKAS AT SI MAGANDA\” ??
    need q tlga as project kc eeh.. :(

  39. coleen
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

    hindi ko sya kelangan pro bnasa ko ang story nito ang ganda tlaga over

  40. alex gonzales
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    maganda (beauty) at malakas (strength) were believe to be the two pillars left by ancient civilization before the great floods. it has been said that the egyptian civilization has the one pillar, and the other one pillar was with the israelites. studying the ancient freemason these two pillars were called boaz and jachin. I hate to spoon feed so its your turn to research. malakas and maganda is not just filipino myth, its an ancient myth who has been honored since antiquity.

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