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” Inspired by the popular folk tale in the Philipines- “Malakas at Maganda” (The Strong and the Beautiful) . The whole designs revolves around the Bamboo Features. Shells and Mirrors were added to create more life and energy. Maganda can be rendered in various colors e.g. metallic, silver, gold, copper, etc.
The Malakas and Maganda Folktale
According to this folk tale, there was nothing in the world but the sea, the sky, a piece of land, a bamboo tree, and a bird. The bird was on the bamboo and heard sounds in a couple of bamboo trees so it tried to break the bamboo trees through its beak. After sometime, the bamboo trees broke and a man and a woman came out. The man was called Malakas, and the woman, Maganda. They then started a family and produced children who filled the archipelago.
The name Malakas and Maganda also denote a deeper meaning and truth about Filipino culture. Filipinos consider women to be maganda or beautiful,sweet, and soft; while men as malakas or strong and sturdy human being to whom the family can depend on at all times especially in times of trouble and disasters in life.