Sina Adan at si Eva ng mga Tagalog
Many hundreds of years ago, when Luzon was still
uninhabited, Bathala--our Supreme God--was envious of Laon--the
god of the Visayans-- because Laon had many subjects, while Bathala's
kingdom was a barren desert. It was within the power of Bathala
to create human beings but not food for them, so he asked for
advice from Diwata, the supreme god of the universe.
Diwata told Bathala that on the next day he would send an angel
to Earth with seeds to be planted. The promise was fulfilled,
and Bathala scattered the seeds all over Luzon. Within a short
time, the island was covered with trees and shrubs and was then
ready for human habitation.
Accordingly, Bathala created Adam and Eve, the ancestors of the
Tagalogs. Though they were forbidden to eat the green fruit of
a certain plant, they disobeyed and ate it. So, as punishment,
they were poisoned and made very sick. The did not die, however.
As a result of their experience, they gave the name lason (poison)
to this plant.
Conscious of their fault, Adam and Eve begged for the forgiveness
of Diwata. By order of Diwata, Bathala forgave the criminals,
but the lason still remained poisonous. In order to rid it of
its dangerous properties, the angel was sent to earth. He put
the marks of his finger-nails on the surface of the pulp of each
lason seed, and these marks may be seen to this day. Afterwards,
the name of the plant was changed from lason to lanzon, the name
by which it has been known ever since.