Banana trees produce a sweet, plump fruit everybody loves. But a Philippine tale says they also hide a mysterious secret best left undisturbed.
Nature is generous with its benefits to mankind, but abuse of it also incurred an undesirable result. A myth on the camachile tree tells us how the beauty of nature can also be abused unknowingly by its admirers, to the extent of nature changing its own course.
A Philippine folklore on life wisdom teaches generations of Filipinos to consider education and wisdom. They must always go together. The folklore says education without the practical applications of wisdom can prove fatal in times of emergencies—in personal, community, national, or even global emergencies.
Tales of the Yamashita treasures have been going around the country immediately after the Second World War. But a lot about it still remains vague–despite numerous claims of discovery. Truth or tale, the various versions remain exciting stories of Hollywood caliber.
Black cats have earned the infamy for carrying bad luck around. A Philippine tale on them is the culprit. The tale begins with a village boy a longtime ago and somehow ends up in common backyards today. There’s a moral in the tale: Black cats will be black cats and boys will be boys.
This Philippine folklore reminds us how people should be valued. The heart of a person dictates the way people are given value, not really religion. Thus, this folklore centers on how a misjudgment happened right inside a church building.
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 double-minded person is stable in all his ways, a Hebrew wiseman once said. A Filipino folklore on a fly who wished to be a God tells of the troubling thoughts of an undecisive creature. The folklore says even God himself tired of the fly’s vacillations. The folklore adds that the fly has been punished for this.
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.
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.