Long long time ago, in a kingdom far far away called Redwalkdom, there live six princesses. The princesses were known for being great singers. The whole kingdom rushes to the castle to listen to them singing every time the king calls for a banquet.
The fifth princess is Ketsana. She is the king’s favorite daughter because she is the most beautiful and she sings greater than any of her sisters. Many princes from nearby kingdoms woe her. But none of his suitors catches her attention.
One day, she was wandering in the orchard when she saw Ondoy the hunchback reading a book under a tree. The farmer was aghast when he learned that the princess was looking at him. He dropped his book and stood up to pay respect to the princess.
With his knees trembling he muttered to the princess, “I-I-I am sorry milady, I am j-j-just taking a rest.”
“There is nothing to be sorry about,” replied the princess, “you must be tired toiling the soil and the sun is already scourging hot. What are you reading?”
“P-poems milady”, replied the farmer.
“That is a great read. You must be a poet yourself. What is your name?”
“Yes, milady I wrote some poems. My name is Ondoy the farmer.”
“Do you sing?”
“No, milady. My singing voice isn’t as great as yours.”
Since then Princess Ketsana frequented in the orchard to visit hunchback and listen to his poems. Her sisters found about it. They don’t like the hunchback to be their sister’s beau.
They ordered the soldiers to bring Princess Ketsana to a distant territory called Tabak. The princess was placed in a tower guarded by a dragon.
Ondoy went to the orchard but the princess did not show up. He thought that the princess disliked his company. He wrote the saddest poem he wrote in his entire life. The Fairy of Literature read his poem and was deeply affected by it.
She appeared to the hunchback and said, “Do not afraid, I am the Fairy of Literature, I was deeply sadden by the poem you wrote. Ondoy you are mistaken Ketsana loves you. She was taken away by sisters and hid her in the Tower of Tabak guarded by a dragon.”
“Thank you, I thought she left me,” said Ondoy. “If not for you I will not know she did not leave me.”
“Don’t thank me yet. I want to remove your hunchback and I’ll give you gold so that Ketsana’s sisters will not oppose you.”
“There is nothing wrong in being a hunchback and poor, I don’t need to change. What needs to be changed is the society that discriminates people based on physical appearance and wealth,” said Ondoy.
The fairy was impressed with what he said and gave him seven loaves of bread and five slices of fried chicken. She told him the way to the tower in Tabak. She lend him also a horse so that he can travel fast to the tower to save the princess.
The travel took him only a day. The dragon sensed his coming and approached him at the foot of the stairway of the tower.
“What are you here for,” the dragon asked.
“I am here to serenade the princess,” Ondoy answered.
“The serenade the princess but you’re a hunchback and you smell like soil. Ah! You must be a poor farmer.”
“I maybe a hunchback and farmer but I don’t differ from the royalties, I have a heart also, and even a dragon has a heart too.”
“I agree with you. Dragons fall in love too. You said you are going to serenade the princess, let me hear you sing.”
Ondoy sang a song but the dragon has to stop him.
“That is the most terrible singing I’ve ever heard”, said the dragon. “The princess will not fall in love with a singing voice like that.”
“I know”, said Ondoy, “I am just going to read this poem to her.”
The dragon read Ondoy’s poem and wiped his tears with his tail. He turn to Ondoy and said, “This is the saddest poem I’ve read in my entire life.” He went back into hiding and continuously howled.
Ondoy wasted no time and climbed hurriedly to the top of the tower and unchained Princess Ketsana. They rode on the horse that the Fairy of Literature lent him that took them farther south; where nobody knows that she was a wealthy princess and he was a poor farmer.
They started a family and raised their children. The couple was ridiculed: he-for being a hunchback and she-for marrying a hunchback but these bothered the least the couple. No amount ridicule could stop them from living happily ever after.