[In this article: Batangas, Santo Tomas Batangas, encantado, engkantado, magic, supernatural, old tales, Batangas tales]
By Aurora R. Hernandez
In the olden days, there lived in the underworld men who were supposed to do good or evil upon human beings. Being a man of the underworld, he can roam about [presumably, above ground or in the human world]. They are thought of to be roaming about in the evening just after sunset and during shower days [It is unclear what Hernandez meant by “shower days,” but perhaps she meant on days when it rained or showered.]
People of old naturally or usually had the notion that they should not sweep at night on the ground for surely these people of the underworld would get angry and bring evil upon the family. In one of the rumbles of the underworld, he [presumably one such man from the underworld or an encantado] saw a beautiful lady the name of Trinidad, who was nicknamed Trining.
The encantado fell in love with Trining and began wooing her. At night after the sun had set, this encantado came out and spoke to Trining. Trining was afraid and naturally would not heed the words of the encantado. She only prayed that the encantado would [not] come and stop following her.
But instead of the discontinuance of the encantado [i.e. of her following Trining], he became more and more insistent and went as far as following her anywhere she went. The ceaseless following of the encantado made her more frightful than ever. Finally, she thought of not leaving the house.
Weeks and months passed and he continued wooing. He expressed her, “Love me and I shall give you all my treasures and everything that I possess and above all will make my queen. You will sit upon the throne and be attended [to] by all my servants. All your wishes shall be granted. You will never know want. Promise me only that you will follow me to my house.”
Trining did not say a word and the encantado, tired of all that he was doing, said, “If you don’t marry me, I shall molest you and your family so that none I shall see.” [None I shall see is not clear at all.] Trining became frightened of these words and told her mother about them.
Her mother begged of her to accept the suit [i.e. the marriage proposal] of the encantado and said the same words over and over again. At last, Trining said, “I agree with your proposal.” No sooner had she uttered these words when a handsome young man appeared in the house and claimed her. They were all surprised to see the young man and her mother consented to the wedding.
Then, he promised that he would give them his treasures and would bring Trining to his palace where everything was gold – food, delicacies and so forth, are served to her in golden dishes. Then, she sat upon the throne and became the queen of the encantado household.
2 “Engkanto,” Wikipedia.