Long ago, there were seven moons that waxed and waned together. The people treasured them as jewels in the sky from the supreme god, Bathala. Down in the sea, lived an enormous dragon called Bakunawa, the god of darkness and despair. One night, while looking at the moons, he thought, “The moons are so cool and smooth. Their brightness could light the bottom of the sea. I wonder if they are as delicious as they look?” Bakunawa decided he had to have a moon. “There are so many moons no one should notice one missing,” he thought. With a mighty leap he flew from the sea and swallowed one of the moons. Bakunawa proudly swam with a glowing moon in his stomach. As he swam, the moon moved in his body tickling him and making him smile. But soon, he noticed that the moon was melting away like candy.