Long time ago, two lovers went to a hilly place. The man found out that if you were standing on a lower portion of that place, one can see the upper part of the hill. But when you were on top of the hill, one can clearly see the whole surroundings of the place. Since the place had no particular name yet, the woman agreed that from then on, the place was called Turod Patac.
While they were talking, the man said to the woman, Only death can separate us. So they made promises to one another. After a while, they headed through the forest and found a stream where they can catch fishes for them to eat. So they decided to live on that place for a few days. Again, the man proposed: I want to marry you as soon as possible. They invited some friends and relatives to celebrate the wedding of the two. Years passed by, the couple decided to leave the place and settled on the northeastern part of the stream. Months passed, the couple bore their first child, a boy and named him Lapu-Lapu. As the boy grew, the father taught him the rudiments of life - how to hunt, fish and farm. One day, the man told his wife, let us call the place after our names: Maguindanao, my name; Dupilan, your name and Lapu-Lapu, our son. From then on the place was called Madula, coined from the first two letters of their names.