The Philippine myth about the sugarcane is a story on searching for meanings in life. Life can only have meaning, says this myth, if our experience of it is sweet. Without this, the myth avers that achievements, no matter how grand, lose meaning. The myth suggests that the best things in life are sweet.
Nature is generous with its benefits to mankind, but abuse of it also incurred an undesirable result. A myth on the camachile tree tells us how the beauty of nature can also be abused unknowingly by its admirers, to the extent of nature changing its own course.
Needing money is not the problem, but loving money is. A Philippine folklore on money stewardship reminds readers of the need to use money to serve us, rather than letting it use us to subservience. And there’s one gauge to check this out: just watch how our families have been doing lately with money.
The moon was a useless giant ball of rocks and metal that went around the Earth in search of meaning. A myth says it shed no light of any kind and even became a hindrance to the sun now and then. But one day, the myth continues, its eagerness to serve Earth finally gave it meaning to continue existing.
The Philippine myth on how the Filipino term for “turnip” came to be is a quite an amusing myth. It symbolizes how the conquered and the conqueror can sometimes unknowingly help each other to resolve an issue. In this case, the myth tells how the native tuber “SIngkamas” was finally christened by Spaniards and Filipinos without knowing it.
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.
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.
The Philippine myth on how humans came to be is a good example of how necessities become the mother of invention or creation. And also, how incidental things can lead to major events, as lead roles in a theater play depend on the roles of supporting casts. Life, implies this myth, operates in the interaction of minor and major events, minor and major players.
A lot of people have become dienchanted with religion for various reasons. And these people have been those who sacrificed a lot for their religion’s cause. A myth on Bernardo Carpio tells of a similar story. This myth hints on the one life purpose we should all work at.
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.