Philippine Literature / Philippine History: Story summary and English translation of the lyric poem or narrative poem by Philippines’ writer Huseng Sisiw – Ibong Adarna (The Adarna Bird).
Everything that the Hermit said happened, and when Don Juan captured the Adarna bird, he bonded the bird with a golden string and brought it to the Hermit. The Hermit was pleased, and he helped Don Juan’s brothers transform into their original forms. The Hermit implored Don Juan and his brothers to be in good terms with each other, and then, he said goodbye.
However because of Don Pedro’s natural envious nature, and the thought of shame he had upon returning to Berbanya, he devised an evil plan against Don Juan. Don Pedro and Don Diego beat up their brother Don Juan, left him in the forest, and took the Adarna bird and returned to the palace.
But because of what happened to Don Juan, the beautiful Adarna bird changed into an ugly form and wouldn’t sing for the ailing king. The king then, because of the ill news he received about Don Juan from the brothers and because of the sight of the ugly bird, became more ill than ever.
In the meantime, Don Juan survives, suffering weakness and hunger, crawling and scavenging in the forest. He managed to return to the palace. And when the Adarna saw that Don Juan was alive, it magically changed into its beautiful form and began sing a melodious song. And then the king was revitalized. And he became well, as if he never got ill in the first place. And then the Adarna bird suddenly spoke, and told the king the true story of what the two brothers did to Don Juan. The king was angered, and ordered for the exile of Don Pedro and Don Diego. But then again, because of Don Juan was kind hearted, he forgave his brothers and requested the king to spare them since, nonetheless, Don Juan was still lucky to be alive.
Don Juan’s request to spare his wicked brothers was granted… Continued… Part 2: Ibong Adarna (The Adarna Bird) Story Summary…
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