Ang Ginto sa Makiling

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Ang Ginto sa Makiling, book cover

Ang Ginto sa Makiling is Macario Pineda's second novel, published in 1946 during the beginning Philippines's recovery from the Second World War. It is a story within a story wherein a tale about a young man and Mariang Makiling is told to a journalist seeking a scoop on an incidence involving the local goddess. Pineda used myth and magic to address the socio-political issues of his time.



  • journalist (also the narrator)
  • Tata Doro - an old man who knows a story about Makiling
  • Bato - companion to the journalist
  • Danding del Mundo - editor of "Ramon Roces", the journalist's publication
  • Esteban Reyes - the man who gave the journalist a scoop on Mount Makiling
  • Edong - protagonist of Tata Doro's story
  • Sanang - Edong's beloved


A journalist receives a letter containing a possible scoop. Esteban Reyes says that the disappearance of an old woman in Bulacan is related to the mysteries of Mount Makiling. The journalist investigates, accompanied by a fellow writer Bato. He meets Tata Doro, an old man who grew up to the stories about the mystic mountain and its goddess Mariang Makiling. Tata Doro tells them the story of Edong.

Edong was a young and diligent worker in a rice mill. He has a sweetheart, Sanang, and in order to impress the girl, he sets off to find a beautiful flower (dapo) in the mountain. While searching, he tries to save a hen and ends up falling off a cliff. His death brings him face-to-face with Mariang Makiling who tells him that his time to rest from the woes of the world has come. He enters the Paradise of Makiling and decides to stay, promising to return to the real world along with the Filipino heroes.

Tata Doro ends his tale and prays that the mine of Makiling's gold will finally be open and Edong and the heroes' will return at last.


The novel alludes to the multitude of stories about Mount Makiling and its goddess Mariang Makiling. It also alludes to Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere, saying that Sisa and Crispin, two characters from the said novel, dwell in the mountain.


  • Following the tale-within-a-story frame, the novel reconciles the literary form of myths with its immediate time just as South America's magic-realism.
  • Soledad S. Reyes notes the three golds of the novel: the material gold pieces found in Mount Makiling, the heroes of our nation, and the future generations of Filipinos who will use their intellect and gifts for the betterment of the Filipino people.

See Also

External Links

  • 10 Nobelang Filipino na Dapat Basahin sa Hay-iskul at WikiFilipino


  • Reyes, Soledad S. “A Reading of Macario Pineda’s Ang Ginto sa Makiling,” Maryknoll College Faculty Journal 3, February 1983.



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