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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most people would choose material possessions over anything else. But not the people in a myth concerning the macopa fruit. According to the myth, they died protecting the symbol of their treasured religion. This myth is a suspense thriller.
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.