The heart of a mango

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

One ver­sion of “The Legend of the Mango” or “Ang Ala­mat ng Mangga,” tells us the story of a lit­tle boy named Ben with a heart of gold. Ben, the son of Aling Maria and Mang Juan, showed com­pas­sion to the less for­tu­nate de­spite his own lim­i­ta­tions. His big heart, as the story goes, even at the time of his death, be­came so abun­dant that when it turned into a fruit-bear­ing tree, the fruits were in the shape of a heart.

“Ang Ala­mat ng Mangga” tells us that the fruits were so sweet and from then till now, peo­ple con­tinue to en­joy the ben­e­fits of this de­li­cious fruit. Like all Philip­pine leg­ends, there are valu­able les­sons one can learn.

The Philip­pines as we know is tremen­dously rich in nat­u­ral re­sources. Just re­cently, the prov­ince of Guimaras for ex­am­ple, held the “Mang­ga­han Fes­ti­val” which be­gan its fes­tiv­i­ties on May 11, celebrating also with an “Eat All You Can” ac­tiv­ity show­cas­ing both ripe and green man­goes that you can eat upon regis­tra­tion for a good 30 min­utes.

The in­ge­nu­ity of the Filipino is sim­ply amaz­ing and such events not only pro­mote one’s rich re­source but also con­trib­ute to the growth of our econ­omy. There is also that sweet sense of pride each time for­eign­ers from dif­fer­ent parts of the world warmly ex­press their love for our man­goes while not­ing that the Philip­pine Mango is the best in the world.

A fruit that is so abun­dant in our coun­try brings us back to the story of Ben where a heart of gold ben­e­fits so many be­cause a young boy chose to cul­ti­vate even the small­est things within his power.

If we look at this from a lo­cal perspective, a small town, city, or prov­ince, if fully em­braced, has the ca­pac­ity to abun­dantly pro­vide even up to places we could never imag­ine. And just like Ben who had a heart of gold, the only re­quire­ment is to open one’s heart to be of ser­vice to oth­ers.

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