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.
Philippine myths on dreams have varied versions but they all agree on one thing: dreams can change an unseemly future. Acting on dreams can either build lives or sand castles.
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.
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.
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.
When you’re invited to a wedding in the Philippines, be aware of the superstitions that relate to it. These are more of a way to wish prosperity and good fortune to the new couple.
Be careful what we love looking at or we might be entranced to wish to be like it in some way. A myth on how fireflies came to have lights in them says that too much fascination with a star apple tree made them wish to become starflies. And in a certain extent, they did become what the star apple was like.
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.
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.
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.