(The Hermit's Three Wishes)
Barom-Mai was an old and ugly king who lived in a kingdom called Calinan in the Visayas hundreds
of years ago. Although he was powerful, he was helpless when it came to winning the love of his young bride, Madayaw-Bayho
(daughter of Tageb, king of the pirates).
Barom-Mai asked his advisers to help him win his bride's love, and Matigam
(the wisest of advisers) told him about Impit Purok, a hermit who lived in a cave in Mt. Apo.
They went to the hermit
and he asked for three things: the egg of the black tabon bird, twelve ladles of fresh milk from a white carabao without blemish,
and the nectar from the flower of the tree-of-make-believe.
The egg will be used to soften the bride's heart; the
milk, to make her kind; and, the nectar, to make her see Barom-Mai as a young and handsome king.
The king finds the
egg through the help of Pawikan, the king of the sea turtles. He luckily gets milk from a white carabao the following breakfast,
thanks to his cook. Hangin-Bai, the nymph of the air, leads him to her sister, the wood nymph who had the magic flower in
Barom-Mai gives the three things to Impit Purok, who asked him to prepare a big feast after Barom-Mai wins
his queen back, and to invite Impit Purok as the king's guest of honor.
Impit Purok mixes the three ingredients and
instructs Barom-Mai to plant the mixture in the royal garden. The morning after it was planted, a tree grew. It had a sweet
smell and tasted good. When Madayaw-Bayho was given the fruit, she fell in love with Barom-Mai.
The king throws a
big feast but forgets to invite Impit Purok. In retaliation, Impit casts a curse upon the fruit: The sweet smell was replaced
with a foul odor while the smooth skin of the fruit was covered with thorns, which is how the durian smells and looks today