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.
Greed destroys a lot of things. A myth on cats and dogs says it can even destroy solid friendships established by a long record of mutuality and intimacy. The myth also teaches how good friendship is often compromised for temporary satisfaction.
Sibling fights among young Filipino brothers are common. But parents sometimes use old stories to teach youngsters to love each other. Among the stories is the legend of La Union. Love broke the years-old quarrels of 2 brothers, according to the legend of La Union.
When something is urgently sought for, an accidental discovery is bound to show up—or at least that’s what a Philippine folklore says. The folklore on why we cook the foods we eat is an example of how an urgent activity led to an important albeit accidental discovery that started culinary arts.
One myth on the Mayon Volcano is actually a figurative narrative of the exploits of a heroic people called the Bicolanos. Personified in the courage and skills of three epic chieftains, Bicolanos, though not mentioned even once in the myth, unmistakably inspired it and several other epic myths on Mayon.
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.
True love knows no boundaries. It transcends not only one’s station in life, but also life itself, as a myth on Sampaguita shows. Not even tyrrants can stop true love, the myth declares.
Alurring beauty can sometimes seem like a curse. Without intending to, one can be the object of malicious gossip, lust, envy, and wrath. In fact, even a local myth tells of an innocent young virgin turned into the townfolks’ odium, suffering the lustful appetite of men and the irrational ire of insecure women. But beauty can sometimes last forever, as the myth later concludes.
Children ought to be responsible, beginning with household chores, and with more, as they grow up. A myth on butterflies reminds both parents and children in building up the family. The myth further shows that children untrained with responsibilities may end up as carefree as butterflies.
Disadvatageous relationships hinging on personal interests alone can no more last as a friendship between a lion and a rabbit are likely to end up disastrously. A local myth on such unlikely friendship did end up disastrously, but with a slight twist unexpected from a lion-rabbit myth.