The succulent mango has an interesting love story to tell. This Philippine myth is a local, and probably better, version of a Romeo and Juliet love story, but which ends sweet. A myth ought always to end as sweet.
Warnings are very important. According to a myth, a timely ounce of warning before danger occurs is a pound of cure that can save even a whole kingdom. A Philippine myth on why roosters have crowns shows the importance of precautionary warnings.
Aside from its blue sea, rolling waves, vibrant sea life and clean beaches, San Juan in La Union in Northen Luzon hides thrilling secrets in its mysterious old historical ruins and old Hispanic buidings. Little tales of spooks sometimes add color to a hometown vacation.
Filipino folkore principles maintain that income source is more important than income itself. Good stewardship of the income source increases income potential. This wisdom is made available to kids in tots’ lore.
Love is a potent force that can turn the course of life around. A myth on coconuts shows that, used positively, it can re-create life to fulfill an eternal vow of affection, used negatively, the myth shows that it can destroy life.
Wisdom is supreme. Numbers may have strength, but fools en mass can only end in disaster. In fact, a Philippine folklore on numbers versus wisdom illustrates the advantage of wisdom over anything else. Such folklores that enthrone strategy over sheer numbers have steered the spirits of ancient Filipino revolutionaries.
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.
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.
A myth on the gracious and generous Maria Makiling shows her many assistance to the poor. She is said to be generous with doling out gold and jewelry, in addition to personally managing the reforestation of Makiling’s mountain forests, according to this myth.
A big part of native hospitality is to accomodate even the opinions of a visitor without resistance. A folklore on how Bataan got its name illustrates how foreign opinion easily influenced local folks in naming their own locality. This folklore reflects how Filipino hospitality can sometimes go overboard.