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.
Filipino folkore principles maintain that income source is more important than income itself. Good stewardship of the income source increases income potential. This wisdom is made available to kids in tots’ lore.
Alurring beauty can sometimes seem like a curse. Without intending to, one can be the object of malicious gossip, lust, envy, and wrath. In fact, even a local myth tells of an innocent young virgin turned into the townfolks’ odium, suffering the lustful appetite of men and the irrational ire of insecure women. But beauty can sometimes last forever, as the myth later concludes.
Justice may be blind, but it always makes crime pay. A local myth on why some birds have reddish spots on their chests tells of an almost perfect crime that was condemned and convicted by an unlikely witness. Crime, says the myth, is always an open book.
Everything created has a purpose. A Filipino folklore on the sugarcane suggests something similar. Every plant has a use. The folklore on the sugarcane shows that regardless of make or appearance trees have their own usefulness.
A popular folk myth about coconuts is about the selfishness of a native boy from somewhere in southern Luzon. The popular folk myth goes that the boy, hoarding a precious commodity in time of drought was condemned violently by the people. It should teach us never to deprive folks of a necessity the Creator intended for everybody’s use.