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.
Folklores mostly mirror fact than fiction. A Filipino folklore on Balintawak is an example. Filipino hospitality stands out in folklores as well as in history.
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.
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.