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By Rudolph Villaverde. According to Dr. Lawrence Cunningham, the Russian Naval explorer,
Otto August von Kotzebue in 1817 made the first written reference about the Two Lovers Point
Legend. Later, Louis de Freycinet, from a French expedition, in 1819 provided the first
written account of the popular Guam legend Puntan de los dos Amantes or Two Lovers Point
[ref. pg. 92, 93 Destiny's Landfall] on the north side of Tumon Bay.
The photos below were taken by me from Guam's Urunao Beach or Two Lovers Cave.
See 1819 Legend below from page 136 137 of "An Account of the Corvette L'Uraine's Sojourn
at the Mariana Islands, 1819" copyright 2003.
   
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We were told that, after the arrival of the Spanish on Guahan,
a young man of an ancient high-caste chamorri Mattao from the village
of Gnaton fell in love with a young and pretty low-caste
mangatchang maiden. Refused permission to marry by their families because of their social difference,
they were exiled from their villages. They found no asylum among other native group, however, as he
refused to part with her. Pursued by his relatives, the young lovers wandered for some time in the
most inaccessible jungles and rocky areas; but so precarious and wretched an existence reduced them
to despair. Determined to put an end to it, they built a tomb of stones and placed in it the infant that was
the sad fruit of their love. Then, lost and distracted, they climbed to the very summit of a high, steep-sided
peak beside the sea. Binding themselves together by the hair, and clasping one another, they cast
themselves from that peak into the waves below. The cape in question has been named Cabo de los Amantes.
We presume that this Ancient version of the Story is actually over a
thousand years old when the ocean level was much higher than today. Since
Freycinet's era, the tale has changed: in the 1900's version, the Chamorro girl was
betrothed by her family to a Spanish captain, who became enraged when he learned
that she loved a Chamorro youth. In despair, the two Chamorros tied the locks of their
long black hair and leaped to their deaths in each other's arms from the cliff.

Few people are aware that this legend spawned another legend which
narrates that their remains were retrieved by their village clan
for a canoe ocean disposition/burial. Interrupted by an abrupt typhoon, their bodies
floated into the Urunao two lovers cave where they crystallized into 14 foot
limestone statues. This statue formation of the pair was memorialized by a 25 foot bronze sculpture
now seen installed at the top of the lovers leap cliff in Harmon. Rudolph Villaverde.

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