Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Alamat ng Ibong Adarna

Ibong Adarna Tagalog Summary

Ang Ibong Adarna ay may isang napakahabang buntot na may maraming mga maningning na kulay na parang bahaghari. May alam siyang pitong awit na kung ito'y kanyang inaawit ay siyang natutulog ang lahat ng taong nakakarinig. Kaya ng Ibong Adarna gamutin ang lahat ng uri ng sakit. Matapos ang ikapitong awit, ito ay naglalabas ng mga kahima-himala kapangyarihan, na ginagamit para ibahin ang anyo ng anumang buhay na organismo upang maging bato.

Ibong Adarna English Summary

The Adarna bird has a fantastically long tail, shiny with metallic colors. It knows a total of seven songs that are believed to lull people to sleep and cure all sicknesses. After each song, the Ibong Adarna changes its feathers of colors and shades. After the last song, it excretes magic, and then finally, sleeps with its eyes wide open. Its droppings can transform any living organism into stone.

In the story, Don Fernando, the ruler of the Kingdom of Berbania, fell ill after having a bad dream about Don Juan. In his dream, Don Juan his favorite son, was attacked by two people and then thrown into a well. None of the healers in the kingdom could heal Don Fernando, and his condition worsened. One day, an old doctor arrived in the Berbania and said that the illness of Don Fernando, which was caused by a nightmare, may be cured only by the singing of the bird Adarna (Ibong Adarna). The doctor warned that the bird is really a witch, but it must be captured and brought to Berbania to cure Don Fernando.

To catch the bird, the leper advised Don Juan to stay awake to avoid its droppings, which could turn him into a figure of stone, like what happened to his two brothers, Don Pedro and Don Diego, who tried to stay awake in vain. To maintain his vigilance, Don Juan cut his palm with a razor and poured lime juice on his injury. When the bird finished its seven songs, Don Juan climbed the tree and used a gold cord to tie the Ibong Adarna's legs so that it would not escape. Afterwards, he poured water on the stone figures of his brothers under the tree and restored them back to humanity.

Ibong Adarna Pictures / Ibong Adarna Comics Strip

Here are the 40 slides of the Alamat ng Ibong Adarna in JPEG format. You can click on the images for a bigger resolution.

To be posted in the near future
Full Ibong Adarna Tagalog Version
Full Ibong Adarna English Version