The Folklore on How Manila Got Its Name

Nilad plants once proliferated along the banks of the Pasig River near its mouth that opens to Manila Bay. A folklore says this scene of Nilad plants that daily graced the windy delta area started talks of a kind and hospitable locality “where there is Nilad.” The folklore is a word-of-mouth record of Manila’s fine hospitality to all its visitors even before its discovery.

Sierra Madre Myth and an Eternal Promise

A mother’s love for her kids is a favorite story theme in the country. Family ties are strong in the Philippines, vowing to stay together in perpetuity, as a Sierra Madre myth shows. The myth illustrates how Filipina mothers are willing to take on any hardship or punishment just to keep a vow to her husband and keep the children secure.

Philippine Myth: The Origin of Turnips

The Philippine myth on how the Filipino term for “turnip” came to be is a quite an amusing myth. It symbolizes how the conquered and the conqueror can sometimes unknowingly help each other to resolve an issue. In this case, the myth tells how the native tuber “SIngkamas” was finally christened by Spaniards and Filipinos without knowing it.

The Philippine Myth on Maria and the Crab

A mother’s undying and boundless love for her child—this is a favorite theme of countless Filipino stories and TV soap operas. Filipino families being closely-knitted together, a Philippine myth on Maria and the Crab would be a best selling hit. It focuses on the unfailing love of a mother for a child, even taking this to spiritual extremes.

The Myth about Spiders or “Gagamba”

MOst people measure success with money and mundane achievements. But some people still value good charcater and base “real” success on it. A Philippine myth on spiders depicts how the young can be easily led to believe that material abundance is success. But parents are around to show the contrary.

A Visayan Genesis Tale

A version of creation tells of how the Philippine archipelago and its inhabitants came into being. Not only that, it also reflects how courage, adventurism, cordiality, and romance roll into one to concoct the Filipino spirit.

The Myth about the Lanzones Fruit

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.