A Philippine myth on the guava fruit talks about a typical rustic boy who pitied the needy. The myth reminds us that kindness can melt even the most bitter things, and that courage to face danger to help people is always rewarded.
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.
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.
The early notion of Filipinos about God was a provider of all peoples’ needs. A myth on this says that God created the world as needs arised. The myth hints that there was no grand overall blueprint that creation followed. The myth says there were only contingency plans for solving problems as they came.
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.
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.
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.
A double-minded person is stable in all his ways, a Hebrew wiseman once said. A Filipino folklore on a fly who wished to be a God tells of the troubling thoughts of an undecisive creature. The folklore says even God himself tired of the fly’s vacillations. The folklore adds that the fly has been punished for this.
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.
Mytical ant hills, says a Philippine myth, can reveal two vital things to the curious. They can either teach one to behave or pinpoint where house repair problems originate.