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  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:Asia / Southeast Asia
  • Language:English
  • Pages:170
  • Hardcover ISBN:9798988395119


Retold by Devin Galloway

by Devin Galloway

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Passed down orally for centuries, Maragtas tells the story of ten nobles - datus- who were driven from their native land in search of a new home. Learn how Datu Puti, Paiburong, Bangkaya, and Sumakuel established a society that would later give rise to the Philippine nation.
Maragtas retells the story of Datu Puti and his companions' journey out of Odtohan and their discovery of what would become the Philippine islands. The story begins with the evil king Makatunao, a man of uncontrolled appetites. Civil war erupts when the king attempts to kidnap one of the datu's wives. After the king's superior forces crush the opposition, the surviving rebels are forced to flee the kingdom in search of a new home where they can live in peace. They travel to Maydia island (now called Panay) and barter with the Ati king Marikudo for the right to settle along the coasts. Their adventures continue as they explore surrounding islands and establish a powerful society.
About the author

Devin Galloway studied linguistics and interpreting, then spent three years traversing the width and breadth of Panay recording folk tales and urban legends in six languages. From the memoirs of an 85 year old former guerrilla fighter on the shores of Capiz, to traditional folk histories in the mountain barangays of Tapaz, to urban legends in the alleyways of Molo, he visited nearly every village on the island in his quest to collect every story he could find. He met his wife Marites, a descendant of Datu Bangkaya, in Aklan. They currently live in Washington state with their three children. Maragtas was written to help connect their children to their family history and Visayan heritage.