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.
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.
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.
Children ought to be responsible, beginning with household chores, and with more, as they grow up. A myth on butterflies reminds both parents and children in building up the family. The myth further shows that children untrained with responsibilities may end up as carefree as butterflies.
Mytical ant hills, says a Philippine myth, can reveal two vital things to the curious. They can either teach one to behave or pinpoint where house repair problems originate.
One myth on the Mayon Volcano is actually a figurative narrative of the exploits of a heroic people called the Bicolanos. Personified in the courage and skills of three epic chieftains, Bicolanos, though not mentioned even once in the myth, unmistakably inspired it and several other epic myths on Mayon.
MOst people measure success with money and mundane achievements. But some people still value good charcater and base “real” success on it. A Philippine myth on spiders depicts how the young can be easily led to believe that material abundance is success. But parents are around to show the contrary.
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.
Warnings are very important. According to a myth, a timely ounce of warning before danger occurs is a pound of cure that can save even a whole kingdom. A Philippine myth on why roosters have crowns shows the importance of precautionary warnings.
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.