A lot of people are afraid of new and untried things. They would rather not have anything to do with them. But there are people who are lured by strange things, but often end up harmed. A few learn the wisdom in trying new things in the right way. A myth on the Lanzones fruit tells exactly how new things, done in the proper way, can prove to be very beneficial.
We can learn a lot from Philippine folklores on the history and ancient philosophy of the nation. The folklores on lazy Juan, or “Juan Tamad” is rich in this aspects. They allow us to get a glimpse of the past to understand the present and chart out a future.
An idealistic love affair between a couple that fell for each other at first glance. This is a favorite theme in most love stories, and is in fact the essence of a myth on Mayon Volcano. But unfortunately, the sweet love affair turned a bit sour in the end. But the eternal qualities of true love make the myth live even today.
When you’re invited to a wedding in the Philippines, be aware of the superstitions that relate to it. These are more of a way to wish prosperity and good fortune to the new couple.
The scant remaining original residents north of Quezon City can still reminisce tales told them when they were kids by their old folks. The place was said to be breeding ground of unsung heroes in the Katipunan days. A scent of the glorious past still lingers in the modern streets and disrticts of the place, impressed with the preserved original names of localities.
Banana trees produce a sweet, plump fruit everybody loves. But a Philippine tale says they also hide a mysterious secret best left undisturbed.
A lot of people have become dienchanted with religion for various reasons. And these people have been those who sacrificed a lot for their religion’s cause. A myth on Bernardo Carpio tells of a similar story. This myth hints on the one life purpose we should all work at.
Lam-ang was a mythical epic hero from the Northern Luzon who allegedly possessed extraordinary strength and wisdom. Lam-ang’s myth is typical of the Northern people’s propensity to take on challenges to the end. Lam-ang’s myth reflects the courage and undying resolve of Ilocanos to to finish a task.
A popular folk myth about coconuts is about the selfishness of a native boy from somewhere in southern Luzon. The popular folk myth goes that the boy, hoarding a precious commodity in time of drought was condemned violently by the people. It should teach us never to deprive folks of a necessity the Creator intended for everybody’s use.
Folklores mostly mirror fact than fiction. A Filipino folklore on Balintawak is an example. Filipino hospitality stands out in folklores as well as in history.