An idealistic love affair between a couple that fell for each other at first glance. This is a favorite theme in most love stories, and is in fact the essence of a myth on Mayon Volcano. But unfortunately, the sweet love affair turned a bit sour in the end. But the eternal qualities of true love make the myth live even today.
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.
A Philippine tale on angels discusses the possibility of good persons turning into guardian angels. This tale says such angels are tasked with rescuing and helping earthly family members. So the more good guys are rasied up in a family, the more that family gets heavenly connections.
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.
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.
Balete Drive ghost stories rate high especially among the young. It is rich with various versions of ghost tales or myths, spirit forces, and haunted houses. So popular are they that Balete Drive also form part of Philippine folklore.
Sibling fights among young Filipino brothers are common. But parents sometimes use old stories to teach youngsters to love each other. Among the stories is the legend of La Union. Love broke the years-old quarrels of 2 brothers, according to the legend of La Union.
Personal beauty concerns are important. But when do they become a nuisance? This Philippine myth on the origin of the moon and stars tells us where the boundary line between beauty rituals and performance of duty should be drawn. Myths may be untrue but they carry lots of truth.
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.
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.