Dama de Noche is a famous flower plant that emits a strong, sweet fragrance at night. A Philippine myth on it says it started with a young beautiful woman who was fond of fragrances till the day she died. The myth shows that what a person really is in life is carried over even in death.
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.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol are an amazing wonder to see. The imagination can soar high with myths unbounded by rigid scientific limits and find pleasure in a fantastic myth that imagines the hills as an aftermath of a mythical combat between two bigheaded giants.
Banana trees produce a sweet, plump fruit everybody loves. But a Philippine tale says they also hide a mysterious secret best left undisturbed.
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.
A mother’s love for her kids is a favorite story theme in the country. Family ties are strong in the Philippines, vowing to stay together in perpetuity, as a Sierra Madre myth shows. The myth illustrates how Filipina mothers are willing to take on any hardship or punishment just to keep a vow to her husband and keep the children secure.
A big part of native hospitality is to accomodate even the opinions of a visitor without resistance. A folklore on how Bataan got its name illustrates how foreign opinion easily influenced local folks in naming their own locality. This folklore reflects how Filipino hospitality can sometimes go overboard.
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.
Love is a potent force that can turn the course of life around. A myth on coconuts shows that, used positively, it can re-create life to fulfill an eternal vow of affection, used negatively, the myth shows that it can destroy life.
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.