"Montalban: the land of legends and love stories" Montalban by micamaldita

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The legend of Bernardo Carpio

A popular folk story tells of Bernardo Carpio, an extraordinary hero whose strength is legendary. The tale begins with him being born to a poor couple living in the foot of the mountains of San Mateo, of which Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) used to be a part. It was said that as a child, Bernardo could uproot a tree by simply leaning on its trunk. As a young man, he was very different from his peers. He didn't party or socialize and would rather stay in the forests and befriend the creatures that lived there. On one of his trips, he was chanced upon by an enchanted creature who envied his strength and challenged him to a duel, which ended up with Bernardo as the victor. To avenge himself, the enchanted creature lured Bernardo to a place between two big rocks, which he has to hold apart to keep himself from being crushed. The legend says that to this day, Bernardo Carpio stands between these two mountains in Wawa, Montalban, still trying to get away.

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