once there was a beautiful princess named maring. her hobby was to hunt animals in mount malindig. his father, king alab, was against her hobby. one day, maring saw a deer and followed it. but the deer belongs to a princely bearing man, duque. duque introduced himself to maring and offered the deer to her. they both had a mutual feeling of liking each other at first sight. the two often meet in the forest without the king’s consent.
maring had a lot of admirers from different kingdoms. his father decided to choose the guy, her daughter should marry. so the first challenge for the admirers of maring was to win a ship race. there were three suitors who insisted to join the race. duque was just a poor guy and could not afford to have a ship.this made maring unhappy so she prayed to bathala. bathala heard her prayer so he send strong winds and heavy rains during the race. the three suitors failed and died on the race. when the sea calmed, the kingdom saw three islands where the three ships sunk. so they called them “the three kings” (now melchor, gaspar, baltasar). the kingdom was sad about what happened but maring was happy.
the king was afraid to risk another life so she allowed maring to choose. maring confessed her to duque. her father accepted it and they got married. they were so inlove to each other. they died together. the people love the couple and they call their place after the two, maring and duque, now marinduque.