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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing can probably hurt us more than betrayal, like what the story on the Philippine myth about the “maka-hiya” local weed depicts. Love is a precious gem of the heart that is often shared with a select few. But we should learn to give it freely away without expecting anything in return as the myth about the “maka-hiya” will show us.
Banana trees produce a sweet, plump fruit everybody loves. But a Philippine tale says they also hide a mysterious secret best left undisturbed.