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.
Hands-on study of a Philippine tale or myth is the best alternative to thoroughly researching and enjoying it. Instead of relying on textbook information, why not go to where it all happened and find out for oneself all about a Philippine tale or myth.
Nilad plants once proliferated along the banks of the Pasig River near its mouth that opens to Manila Bay. A folklore says this scene of Nilad plants that daily graced the windy delta area started talks of a kind and hospitable locality “where there is Nilad.” The folklore is a word-of-mouth record of Manila’s fine hospitality to all its visitors even before its discovery.
Swindling is often shrouded or masqueraded as friendship. It is usually a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A Filipino folklore illustrates an obvious foolery that a gullible iguana always fails to recognize as a malicious trickster. This folklore mirrors so many instances of reality even today.
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.
The succulent mango has an interesting love story to tell. This Philippine myth is a local, and probably better, version of a Romeo and Juliet love story, but which ends sweet. A myth ought always to end as sweet.
Aside from its blue sea, rolling waves, vibrant sea life and clean beaches, San Juan in La Union in Northen Luzon hides thrilling secrets in its mysterious old historical ruins and old Hispanic buidings. Little tales of spooks sometimes add color to a hometown vacation.
The early notion of Filipinos about God was a provider of all peoples’ needs. A myth on this says that God created the world as needs arised. The myth hints that there was no grand overall blueprint that creation followed. The myth says there were only contingency plans for solving problems as they came.
True love knows no boundaries. It transcends not only one’s station in life, but also life itself, as a myth on Sampaguita shows. Not even tyrrants can stop true love, the myth declares.