Mount Makiling and its Guardian Spirit Maria Makiling

Out of the more than 600 hundred mountains in the Philippines, Laguna’s Mount Makiling, though technically a dormant volcano, is probably the most popular in terms of folklore, with a multitude of stories about the diwata or fairy who guards it.

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Music: “This House” and “Echoes of Time v2” by Kevin MacLeod (

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