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.
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.
Swindling is often shrouded or masqueraded as friendship. It is usually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A Filipino folklore illustrates an obvious foolery that a gullible iguana always fails to recognize as a malicious trickster. This folklore mirrors so many instances of reality even today.
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.
A long time ago, after Spain christianized the country, many believed that the Philippines had a divine destiny in the far east. A local myth corroborates this assumption and tells of a supernatural intervention from heaven to save the natives from a foreign invasion. This myth seems to be believed in even today by religious citizens.
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.
Though provoked, some people have the discipline and propensity to choose peace than violence. A man from Tabaco, Albay in Legaspi City, according to a folklore, showed this character though faced with a perceived threat. This folklore says, raised up in a culture of bladed weapons, the man still opted for a peaceful resolution of a sensitive situation.
A Philippine folklore on life wisdom teaches generations of Filipinos to consider education and wisdom. They must always go together. The folklore says education without the practical applications of wisdom can prove fatal in times of emergencies—in personal, community, national, or even global emergencies.
Dama de Noche is a famous flower plant that emits a strong, sweet fragrance at night. A Philippine myth on it says it started with a young beautiful woman who was fond of fragrances till the day she died. The myth shows that what a person really is in life is carried over even in death.
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.