The Legend of the Pineapple: A Filipino Folk Tale

Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived with her daughter Pina in a tiny hut in the village. They were poor, and the mother worked day and night to make both ends meet. No matter how hard she worked, though, she never got any help from her daughter. Pina was a lazy, spoiled kid who liked to play in the backyard all day. Whenever her mother asked for help around the house or tried to send her on an errand, she would always find an excuse by saying she can’t find the object that was needed to complete that task. If her mother asked her to sweep the house, for example, she would say she cannot find the broom, even if it was right there in front of her. Needless to say, her mother always ended up doing the work herself.

      One day, her mother became very ill. She called out to Pina, who as usual was playing in the backyard.

      “Pina! Pina! Come over here, anak. I am very sick. Can you cook some porridge for me please? I am too weak to get up.”

      Pina ignored her mother and continued to play.

      “Pina, come over here this very instant, or else!” Pina’s mother mustered all her strength just to say this, but it worked. Pina grudgingly stopped playing and went inside the house. She poked her head inside her mother’s room.

      “What do you want, Nanay (mother)? You really expect me to cook for you? That’s too hard,” protested Pina, pouting and stomping her feet.

      “Pina, it is very simple. Just put some rice in a pot and add water. Once the water boils, let it simmer for awhile. Stir it occasionally with a ladle. Everything you need should be right there in the kitchen.”

      Pina reluctantly left and went to the kitchen. Her mother could hear her banging the drawers and cabinets. Then her mother heard her open the back door and sneak out into the backyard. Her mother waited and waited. Finally, she called out to Pina again.

      “Pina, did you cook like I told you to?”

      “No,” was the defiant response.

      “And why not?” was her mom’s exasperated response.

      “Because I could not find the ladle,” was her flippant reply.

      “Oh, you lazy child! You probably did not even bother to look for it! What am I going to do with you?  Here I am, sick, and I cannot even count on you!” 

      Her mother wept bitterly. In her anger, she shouted, “I wish you would grow a thousand eyes all over your head! Then you can find what you’re looking for. Maybe then you won’t have any more excuses.” 

      As soon as she said this, there was complete silence. Her mother thought, “She is trying to be quiet so I will forget about asking her again.” She sighed.

      She waited a little bit to see if Pina would come back. Realizing the wait was futile, she wearily got up to do the cooking herself. When she looked out into the backyard, Pina was nowhere to be found. She sighed again and said to herself,  “That lazy kid probably went to a friend’s house so she did not have to do any more errands for me.”

      Exhausted from the exertion, she soon went back to her room for a much-needed rest. Weak as she was, she just tried to do everything by herself, having given up on any help from Pina. Hours passed by, and then days. Still no sign of her wayward daughter. With a heavy heart, she thought that Pina had ran away for sure. 

      When she finally recovered from her illness, the first thing she did was look for Pina. No one had seen or heard from her. It was like she disappeared into thin air. Months passed and still no sign of her. The mother felt bad for her angry outburst, and she feared that she might probably never see her daughter again.

       One day, she was sweeping the backyard where Pina used to play. For months now, she had noticed this strange plant growing on the very spot where she last saw Pina. By this time, the leaves of the plant had fully opened. Inside, she saw this strange yellow fruit that resembled a child’s head with a thousand eyes. A thousand eyes…

      She suddenly remembered the spiteful words she used that fateful day. With horror, she realized that in the same way her mother’s love had spoiled her daughter, so did her anger  unwittingly curse her.  Somehow, her daughter had been turned into this plant.

      To honor the memory of her beloved daughter, she named the fruit Pina. She took such loving care of it like it was her own daughter. The fruit flourished so well that it bore more and more fruits, and became popular among the village and the entire country. Its name later evolved to pinya, or pineapple in English. That’s how the pineapple came to be, according to folklore, named after a spoiled child who was cursed with a thousand eyes…

159 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chelo
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 03:32:34

    Hey there! My name is Chelo 🙂 I wanted to let you know I linked your story to my blog! Thanks for writing it…I have a very distinct memory of hearing about the Pina girl. Salamat!


  2. emmblu
    Jun 15, 2011 @ 20:56:16

    Thank you for reading my post and liking it enough to provide a link in your blog. I am looking forward to reading your posts.
    Congrats on your blog and on your beautiful family.


  3. Chelo
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 00:09:00

    PS. The link will appear on an article I wrote that will be coming out on July 4 🙂 You can check it out then 🙂 Thanks, Emma!


  4. emmblu
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 23:27:34

    I will definitely check it out. Btw, I added your blog and your sister’s to my blogroll. Thanks again, Chelo.


  5. cat
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 05:39:23

    who is the author of this pineapple stories? because this is the assignment of my nephew. tnx..


  6. wildheart
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 07:17:11

    author plxx


  7. emmblu
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 09:47:24

    Hi. In response to the queries as to who wrote this story, the legend of the pineapple is a folk tale that has been handed down from generation to generation. I am merely retelling it the best way I know how, as I remember it from the books I read as a kid. As for me personally, I am just somebody who loves to read, write and tell stories. Hope you enjoyed my posts.


  8. abfghj
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 16:59:11

    its so beautiful story


  9. june marie s. ding
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 02:27:03

    nice retelling..


  10. elma
    Dec 12, 2011 @ 04:45:08

    hi may i know what the name of the book where you get this story and the book reference also…thank you


    • emmblu
      Dec 18, 2011 @ 07:55:52

      Thank you for visiting my website. Some of these stories are from my English textbooks during my elementary years in Stella Maris School Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of any of these books anymore. I did not want the stories to get lost, never to be heard of again, hence, the retelling. I actually have plenty more stories in my memory bank, if I can just shake off this laziness of mine enough to write them!


  11. pozycjonowanie
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 05:42:37

    Yesterday found your blog while browsing on yahoo for some information.Thought this was a really good post, delighted I came across it. Will have to spend some time reading your other posts and comments.


  12. lady_htur'ruth
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 04:13:42

    this story was so beautiful and it is so very inspiring of the children because it is give a lesson to the child that “gahi ang ulo”…….. and it is so nice and amazing/…..@,@


    • emmblu
      Feb 10, 2012 @ 05:16:54

      Well said, Lady Ruth. The story does serve as a warning to all kids who are too hardheaded and insensitive to their parents. Thanks for reading.


  13. clybell_cute
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 02:50:22

    oh this story receives knowledge for early teaches children…………


  14. clybell
    Mar 15, 2012 @ 02:53:07

    well,, this story was good for early teaches child…………


  15. Skyblu
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 04:03:57

    The story is good for childrens they will love it hahahaha
    pretty sacary for the kids.


  16. Skyblu
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 04:05:42

    sorry that’s scary rather. 😀


  17. grace
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 03:46:37

    can u please pass me the summary of this story?


  18. emmblu
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 08:09:57

    @Skyblu, you are right. This is a good story for children, but it can be pretty scary,too. I think a lot of children’s fairy tales are.
    @Grace, I will gladly summarize the story for you, but how shory or how long do you want it?


  19. MhEalvz Schezar Bernido
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 14:14:08

    what is the settings of this story?
    what is the theme of this story?
    what is the conflict of this story?


  20. geminet
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:52:45

    I remember this story which my grandmother told me in which I am now telling my daughter’s class for their Culture week. Thanks was really helpful


    • emmblu
      Sep 17, 2012 @ 10:47:21

      Geminet, thank you for reading this post and leaving a comment. I hope everything went well with the story- telling at your daughter’s culture week.


  21. Emmanuel Arbet C. Ventic
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 04:25:19

    what region did the legend of pineapple came ??? pls reply


  22. AbNoRmAl CiTiZeN
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 04:27:27

    The story is very scandalous yucks !!!


  23. tryshia
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 21:33:54

    thank you,author this was the assignment of my sister


  24. Elleonor Grace Apostol
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 04:54:32

    I love this legend! RELATE much because of my laziness..xD


    • emmblu
      Oct 02, 2012 @ 06:29:08

      Thank you to Tryshia, Eleanor , Emmanuel and everyone else who read this post. I tried to research the region where the story originated from, but I could not find the answer. As for abnormal citizen who thinks this story is scandalous , I’m sorry you feel this way. First of all, I am not the original author I was merely retelling the story as I remember it. This is part of our rich Filipino folklore. Second, much as I tried, I did not see any part of the story as scandalous. Thanks for making the effort to post a comment, anyway.


  25. kimberly maranguit
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 05:33:25

    where did the story occur


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  27. Joy
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 00:09:12

    hello, if anyone sees this can you please please answer it: What happened to her friends that where with her when she was turned into a pineapple


  28. emmblu
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 21:51:53

    Joy, there could only be two possibilities: either her friends ran away with horror at the sight of her turning into a pineapple, or they met a similar fate. It’s anybody’s guess 😉


  29. Kurt Paz
    May 18, 2013 @ 01:46:17

    this is a good story


  30. Alrissa
    May 27, 2013 @ 18:02:24

    Hi! I made a children’s book out of your adaptation. If you want to see it, email me at


  31. Mb
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 18:15:47

    Hi ! 🙂 . I Need a Respond, who is the author of this Myth ? .
    Hi ! :). Kailangan ko lang po ng Reply, Sino pong Author ang gumawa ng Myth na to ? .


    • emmblu
      Jun 29, 2013 @ 21:59:07

      Hi Mb. Myths are stories handed down from generation to generation so I don’t know the original author. However, I retold the story my way, if that’s what you’re asking


      • kim nicole
        Jul 25, 2013 @ 05:49:07

        who was the author of this story?

      • emmblu
        Jul 25, 2013 @ 07:32:23

        Hi, Kim. I don’t know what you mean exactly. This story is part of our Filipino folklore and has been handed down from generation to generation, possibly to scare kids into behaving. I retold the story as I remembered it. My name is Emma and this is my blog. Thanks for visiting.

  32. jay ann
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 21:08:18

    thank you for writing this story,i learned something when i read this story and it is so nice,so cool and so amazing…


  33. letecia naul piol
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 03:05:01

    So interisting story …we can learn lessons …AWESOME!!!!!!!!!


  34. Laine Maharoot
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 03:09:55



  35. aiza lozada
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 19:57:41

    what is the reflection in this legend entitle ‘legend of pineapple’?


  36. Zandra Zeta
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 06:45:39

    Meron Pa Po Bang Ibang Legends ? Pwede Po I Link ?


  37. Zandra Zeta
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 06:46:45

    Andame Ko Po Kceng Assign. Ehh ! 5 Myths and 5 Legends . Pde Po Pa Help !! Thanks Po


    • emmblu
      Jul 27, 2013 @ 08:41:04

      Zandra, yes, I have more legends like “Pusa and Muning”, “How the First Man Came to Be”, etc.
      You are welcome to share the link and visit my site under “Tales as Retold by a Bookworm”
      Thanks again.


  38. RockyLoveKelsih
    Aug 06, 2013 @ 02:41:41

    hello ! may i ask a question? who is the author of this story?


  39. Shelo
    Sep 16, 2013 @ 04:42:54

    Pwede po malaman kung sino author nito? I’ll really appreciate it if you could tell me 🙂


    • emmblu
      Sep 16, 2013 @ 04:56:48

      Hi Shelo. Thank you for reading my post. As I have written before, the story of the pineapple is a legend which was handed down from one generation to another. I do not know the original author. However, this is my version of the story and my name is Emma. Hope this helps.


  40. danica germo
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 17:29:32

    this story is so beautiful…. 🙂


  41. Mher Guzman
    Oct 05, 2013 @ 04:00:09

    cnu po author netong story !! at ung biography need lang po


  42. Accouh C Bloom
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 03:14:10

    Ang ganda gandang storya tnx for posting it My Ma’am kasi gave us a project 25 na legend so ang hirap nakita ko to di kinopya ko and then nilagay sa Album tnx a lot


    • emmblu
      Oct 16, 2013 @ 07:56:35

      Marami pa akong legends. Check out my website under “Stories as Retold by a Bookworm.” Thanks for reading and posting comments.


  43. rizza
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 02:45:59

    cnu poi sumulat nito? date published? publishing company?


    • emmblu
      Nov 13, 2013 @ 05:14:55

      Rizza, this is a folk tale so original author is unknown. I retold the story as I remembered it from my childhood days. My name is Emma and this is my blog. Thanks for reading.


  44. anchorman 2 full movie
    Dec 30, 2013 @ 17:54:10

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the legend continues.


  45. Sasuke Bads
    Jan 15, 2014 @ 03:55:53

    haii .. relate much! so much fun reading the story.. thank you 4 the author..
    its our assignment kc…..tenkchuu!!


  46. vilma ramos bañadera agoto
    Feb 21, 2014 @ 23:17:21

    Like this story of urs. I just wanted to have a copy of this for my kids, can u pls send me tru email? I’l do appreciate ur asap reply. Thank u and more power.


  47. johanna xd
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 02:26:44

    hey answer me what is the moral lesson please this is our assignment


  48. ihiazel mae estrellanes
    Aug 05, 2014 @ 02:41:27

    nakakarilet talaga ang story sa mga tamad o lazy ……………..the story is so intrigue its so beutiful


  49. cutybabay
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 02:00:32

    Hi what is the theme of this story thanks please reply ASAP


  50. Kang, D
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 19:20:22

    Hi I wanna know the author of this legend pls tell me? Thank you!😆


  51. Cassandra
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 19:20:58

    Wow ang Ganda! And it’s an interesting story!😄


  52. Cassandra
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 19:34:32

    I ❤️ the legend!😄😝😜😛


  53. Mary Kris Quinlog
    Jan 08, 2015 @ 03:18:02

    Ang ganda ng story sarap basahin.


  54. Genifer Delizo
    Jan 12, 2015 @ 01:04:24

    Thank you for these.. No need to search for books for this story.. Thank you…


  55. christine jed janeo
    Feb 15, 2015 @ 22:04:04

    ang gnda ng story sarap ulitulitn


  56. Lisa(yessarang)
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 03:20:14

    hi I’m Lisa. It sounds a little creepy, but it sounds fun, too. I would never say such a thing to my daughter in the future.


  57. Ayushi
    Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:49:22

    I could personally relate to the girl ‘banging cabinets and drawers’ 😛 ‘m sure going to try to be better daughter 😀

    By the way, it would be great if you could share any link or name to a book which would have this story or similar food folktales in it… Planning to do some storytelling on food and folktales to kids 🙂


    • emmblu
      Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:59:17

      Dear Ayushi, I think this story resonates with a lot of people because most of us can relate to that girl “banging cabinets and drawers.”
      I wish I had a link to this story or collection. This is just one of the stories I remembered reading in grade school and I wish I had the original book. I am glad to hear you’re gonna do some story-telling of your own. Take care and thanks for reading my post


  58. maecel lizette m. cabas
    May 10, 2015 @ 04:51:39

    This is a nice story this can be ready on mothers day right


  59. thea
    Jun 19, 2015 @ 01:51:31

    What is the origin??


  60. Justin Dwayne Lagumbay
    Jun 20, 2015 @ 20:17:54

    Nice story


  61. thea
    Jun 22, 2015 @ 02:58:53

    What is the origin of the pineapple legend? Pls answer


  62. POGI
    Jul 16, 2015 @ 02:00:16

    edi wow


  63. faith
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 05:50:06

    It was really great


  64. Marjorie Mendoza
    Aug 01, 2015 @ 02:43:08

    ang sarap basahin ng kuwento ❤ 🙂
    madaming matututunang aral


  65. lyleane siplao
    Aug 06, 2015 @ 02:29:49

    hey what’s the moral lesson


    • emmblu
      Aug 06, 2015 @ 10:10:30

      I guess the moral of the story is “Be careful what you wish for”. Also, it is reminding people to be respectful of their elders or something bad can happen to them.


  66. john fernando
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 04:58:02

    who is the author?


  67. noemi
    Oct 30, 2015 @ 17:36:30

    ahh, excuse me, who wrote this???
    i mean the legend of the pineapple.


  68. reynaldo besana
    Nov 14, 2015 @ 19:30:24

    I Love your story


  69. jane
    Dec 09, 2015 @ 19:00:16

    thank you 🙂


  70. aaron
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 01:44:44

    pwede to sa project nakin


  71. Roxanne Gaudan XD
    Jan 13, 2016 @ 02:17:18

    what is the summary of the legend about the pinaapple


  72. Giershella Tania
    Jan 18, 2016 @ 00:50:12

    Hi my name is Giershella Tania i want to commend that it was a nice story


  73. Ace Ferrer
    Jan 31, 2016 @ 01:06:26

    A too good show


  74. Ace Ferrer
    Jan 31, 2016 @ 01:09:35

    This is a good story


  75. Kenth
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 04:51:26

    The lazy girl will not happily ever a after


  76. Nikki
    Feb 28, 2016 @ 04:53:51

    Hello… Good evening.
    Just would like to ask if we can use this story ” The Legend of the Pineapple ” for my Grade 5 daughter’s storytelling activity.

    Thank you.


  77. jake
    Mar 11, 2016 @ 13:50:50

    it was an amazing legend that teach me how to take care of my kids, young generations are fast changing what they see is what they learn.


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  79. Alixs
    Jun 21, 2016 @ 03:31:24

    Ang ganda ng istorya


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    Jul 06, 2016 @ 08:30:08



  81. Johnviel
    Jul 20, 2016 @ 05:01:54

    Can you please help me, I need a learning words about this story. Please


  82. CrinaRainCarilla
    Aug 03, 2016 @ 03:45:45

    Ang ganda miss ko to ung Gr.3 palang ako


  83. Julia Bernardo
    Aug 18, 2016 @ 00:21:14

    More Philippine folktale in English please


  84. mandahaa
    Nov 04, 2016 @ 23:56:16

    thank you for that legend! i translated it to my own language for read my younger brothers : thank you


  85. neenslewy
    Dec 13, 2016 @ 20:34:37

    So many comments, wow. Just to let you know I have used this story as part of a writing prompt I am working on for a group. It will be linked to the blog. Many thanks for the retelling.


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  87. Pina Macku
    Jun 03, 2017 @ 03:11:29

    My name is Pina. Yesterday the lady at the bank told me this story. Obviously she was from Philippines. As I drove home, I was wondering what kind of plant will thrive on my grave? (I am 70 🙂


    • emmblu
      Jun 14, 2017 @ 18:49:19

      They say, “You reap what you sow ” so plant seeds of goodness in your lifetime and you will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest.


  88. Belle
    Jul 26, 2017 @ 05:43:19

    thanks for the author because we need this for our assignment in engish


  89. Shylock
    Aug 05, 2017 @ 21:21:00

    It’s amazing how people still stumble on a story posted 5 or 6 years back. I was actually looking for a bed time story for my 5 year old daughter. And I remember the legend of the pineapple fruit when I was still a kid back in the Philippines. I remember but forgot the details. So thanks for posting this story.


  90. Ste
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 08:54:22

    Omg this is the story of my brother! He hasn’t turned into a pineapple though, unfortunately.


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  93. Haney
    Jul 11, 2019 @ 16:10:18

    hi. pwde po bang malaman ang pangalan nyo po?


  94. Charles
    Dec 27, 2019 @ 07:07:51

    Too complicated words to read to a child. It ended up explaining the words used than reading it to her. Simpler english would be better. Its a good story though.


    • emmblu
      Dec 30, 2019 @ 06:51:29

      You have a point there, Charles. It is a children’s story and as such, would be better told in simpler English. However, I am retelling this story I read as a kid in my adult style of writing, and I can’t do it any more or any less, so thank you for reading the story and explaining it to her. Also, I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. I do have others stories in my blog, children’s and otherwise , if you’re interested.


  95. Jessica
    Jan 06, 2020 @ 12:04:46

    Hello there! I am taking a book illustration class in college. I would absolutely love to illustrate this story to honor my mother’s heritage. Since this a retelling of a folk tale and not the “official” text, could I have your permission to illustrate this story? I do not plan on profiting off of it, I would just like to create a version to present in class.


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