Buhay ng isang Mercader na si Proceso at nang Caniyang Anac na si Maria sa Caharian ng Ungria

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Buhay ng isang Mercader na si Proceso at nang Caniyang Anac na si Maria sa Caharian ng Ungria ("Life of a Merchant, Proceso by name, and of his daughter Maria in the Kingdom of Hungary") or Proceso is a Philippine metrical romance (awit at corrido) in Tagalog that is considered one of the indigenized variants of Cinderella. Proceso is closely related to the story of Mariang Alimango.


  • Maria, daughter of Proceso
  • Proceso, a rich merchant from Hungary
  • Valentina, Maria's stepmother
  • Enrico, King of Hungary
  • The seven princes, sons of Enrico and Maria
  • The hermit, who is an angel in disguise
  • Valentina's daughters, who are Maria's stepsisters
  • The King of Portugal


After her father Prospero marries the widow Valentina, Maria suffers abuses from her new stepmother and stepsisters who compete with her for Prospero's favor. Yet fortune smiles on Maria when King Enrico sees her carrying water from the well, falls in love with her, and marries her. Much to Prospero's delight, Maria becomes queen. Yet Valentina continues to scheme against her. When Maria gives birth to seven princes, Valentina bribes the nursemaid to replace the infants with seven puppies. Maria is imprisoned and the seven princes are cast into the wild, where they are found and raised by a hermit. Years later, the hermit reveals to the seven youths their true lineage. He instructs them to return to Hungary, where Enrico, though ignorant of their identity, is certain to invite them to a royal dinner. The hermit tells the princes to accept Enrico's invitation on the condition that Maria be freed and seated with them at the royal table. The princes follow the hermit's instructions. During the dinner, milk suddenly flows from Maria's breast to the mouths of the seven boys. Enrico understands this sign, uncovers the truth sentences Valentina and her accomplices to death.

External Links


  • Eugenio, Damiana L. Awit and Corrido: Philippine Metrical Romances. Quezon City, Philippines: University of the Philippine Press. 1987.
  • Fansler, Dean S. "Metrical romances in the Philippines." The Journal of American Folk-lore 29 (Apr-June 1916), 112:203-234.



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