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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philippine myths on dreams have varied versions but they all agree on one thing: dreams can change an unseemly future. Acting on dreams can either build lives or sand castles.