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.
What would Earth be without the sun, and how would people react to such a predicament? A Philippine myth says people are likely to fail, despite efforts to make up for the sun’s absence. And the myth avers that people would surely seek super human help.
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.
True love cannot be hindered. It will find a way to grow more and further. This Philippine myth on the banana plant is a local version of Romeo and Juliet, only with a different twist at the end, ending up with a banana plant.
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.
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.
Arnis is fast gaining worldwide renown and yet it’s origin has not been established. Often, tales shed light to how something originated–they mirror some truth. A good story handed down from of old can give some leads the imagination can play with.
Most people would choose material possessions over anything else. But not the people in a myth concerning the macopa fruit. According to the myth, they died protecting the symbol of their treasured religion. This myth is a suspense thriller.
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.
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.