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.
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.
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.
The lesson of this Philippine myth is twofold: kids, obey parents, and parents, be gentle with kids. The Philippine myth on the pineapple’s origin says lots about an aspect of Filipino attitude on work and family upbringing.
Folklores mostly mirror fact than fiction. A Filipino folklore on Balintawak is an example. Filipino hospitality stands out in folklores as well as in history.
The scant remaining original residents north of Quezon City can still reminisce tales told them when they were kids by their old folks. The place was said to be breeding ground of unsung heroes in the Katipunan days. A scent of the glorious past still lingers in the modern streets and disrticts of the place, impressed with the preserved original names of localities.
Courage, strength and wit are necessary qualities of a leader. A Philippine folklore on why the lion became king of the jungle shows that the animal kingdom recognizes the virtues are necessary to put the jungle in order. If it’s true in folklores, then why not in real life? The folklore seems to suggest.
Black cats have earned the infamy for carrying bad luck around. A Philippine tale on them is the culprit. The tale begins with a village boy a longtime ago and somehow ends up in common backyards today. There’s a moral in the tale: Black cats will be black cats and boys will be boys.
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.