Magdapio Falls is the other name of Pagsanjan and Cavinti falls which is based on the legends. There are two versions of the legend of Magdapio Falls. The first is the tale of the two brothers Balubad and Magdapio. When the land was struck by famine and drought, the weaker Balubad eventually died and Magdapio buried him in a slope. Because of his anger and anguish, he cursed the gods and stuck the rocks with his cane finally causing water to well up and rage down the canyon forming the Pagsanjan falls. The second is the tale of two lovers Magda and Pio, a classic elite and poor loving each other eventually causing suicide by jumping through the falls and ending their lives.
Long, long time ago in a land now called Laguna, there were no falls. There were only foliage highlands and Twin Rivers, called Bumbungan and Balanac. Right at the eastern bank of Bumbungan River, there lived two brothers named Balubad and Magdapio . For many years, they have enjoyed a life of peace and happiness.
But a calamity struck one day. A terrible drought brought famine and death. No rain came for successive months. The land became dry and the birds, deer and other animals fled, some had died. The twin river, creeks, and other bodies of water dried up too. Not a single drop of water in any area was left.
Balubad and Magdapio suffered greatly. They prayed for rain each day and night but those were unanswered prayers. Days passed and the brothers grew weak and later on Balubad died. Magdapio grieved and cried in sorrow. He buried his brother on the slope of the mountain overlooking the river delta.
Left alone in the waterless world, he searched the region for water but couldn’t find any. He cried and cursed the gods for his despair. Angrily he hurled down his cane on the rocks and suddenly, a spring bubbled. Rapidly it grew bigger, the fresh waters roared down the canyon walls, soon becoming a booming waterfall. Thus, the falls of Pagsanjan emerged.Drealsays
Magda came from a wealthy family, having a relationship with a commoner like Pio was frowned upon by her parents. Love knows no bounds, evidently in this case, social status means nothing for the two lovers. Pressured to end their relationship, the couple made a decision to end their lives instead by jumping from the falls. Coming from opposite sides of the falls, the families searching for the couple shouted, alternately, “Magda!” “Pio!” During this manhunt, a Spanish conquistador was trekking the area when he heard the shouts, so he later named the falls, Magdapio.Tipofmytounguemoments