Mina ng Ginto

Alamat ng Baguio

Sa isang nayon sa Baguio na kung tawagin ay Suyuk, naninirahan ang mga Igorot na pinamumunuan ni Kunto. Si Kunto ay bata pa ngunit siya ang pinakama-lakas at pinakamatapang sa kanilang nayon kaya siya ang ginawang puno ng matatandang pantas.
Ang mga naninirahan sa nayong ito ay namumuhay nang tahimik . Maibigin sila sa kapwa at may takot sila sa kanilang bathala. Taun-taon ay nagdaraos sila ng caᾗao bilang parangal sa kanilang mga anito. Noong panahong iyon, ang mga Igorot ay naniniwala sa iba’t ibang anito. Continue reading “Mina ng Ginto”

Why Dogs Wag Their Tails

Once upon a time there lived in a certain pueblo a rich man who had a dog and a cat. His only daughter, of whom he was very fond, was studying in a convent in a city several miles distant and it was his custom, about once a week, to send the dog and cat to take her a little present. The dog was so old that he had lost all his teeth, and so was unable to fight, but the cat was strong and very cunning, and so one could help the other, since the dog knew better how to find the way.


(photo from http://www.pet365.co.uk/blog/why-do-dogs-wag-their-tails)/

One day the rich man wished to send a magic ring to his daughter, so he called the dog and the cat to him. To the cat he said: “You are very cunning and prudent. You may carry this magic ring to my daughter, but be sure to take very great care of it.” To the dog he said: “You are to go with the cat to take a magic ring to my daughter. Take care not to lose the way, and see that no one molests the cat.” Both animals promised to do their best and set out immediately. Continue reading “Why Dogs Wag Their Tails”

Cochinango

Narrated by Felix Y. Velasco, who heard the story from his grandmother, a native of Laoag, Ilocos Norte.

from Filipino Popular Tales by Dean S. Fansler

Once upon a time there lived in a small village on the border of a powerful kingdom a poor farmer, who had a son. This son was called a fool by many; but a palmer predicted that Cochinango would some day dine with the king, kiss the princess, marry her, and finally would himself be king.

Cochinango wondered how he could ever marry the princess and himself be king, for he was very poor. One day he heard that the king had summoned all those who would like to attempt to answer the questions of the princess. It was announced that the person who could answer them all without fall should marry her. Cochinango thought that the time had now come for him to try his fortune, so he mounted his ass and rode towards the king’s palace. Continue reading “Cochinango”

Sigbin

The Sigbin is a mythological creature believed by the people on the Philippines. It is a monstrous animal-like creature. It looks like a goat with very large ears and a long tail used as a whip. Its legs and arms are long are long and its stands with a curved back and its head hanging low. It is believed that it walks backwards and smells really bad. The smell of it can cause a person to vomit. It is also believed to have abilities to travel really fast in different places. Continue reading “Sigbin”

Why the Cow’s Skin is Loose on the Neck

Narrated by Francisco M. Africa.

There was once a poor farmer who possessed a cow and a carabao. These two animals were his only wealth. Every day he led them to the field to plough. He worked his animals so hard, that they often complained to him; but the cruel master would not even listen to their words. One day the cow, who had grown tired of this kind of life, said to the carabao, “Let us run away from this evil man! Though we are very dirty, he is not willing for us even to take a bath. If we remain here with him, we shall be as ugly and as filthy as pigs. If we run away from him, however, he will have to do his own work, and then we shall be revenged. Hurry up! Let us go!”

The spirit of the carabao was aroused: he jumped with a loud roar, and said, “I too have long been meditating escape, but I hesitated because I was afraid you might not be willing to join me in flight. We are so ill-treated by our cruel master, that God will have pity on us. Come on! Let us go!” Continue reading “Why the Cow’s Skin is Loose on the Neck”

Ang Alamat Ng Pating

Ang kasabihang parang pating ka kung magpatubo ay batay sa alamat ng pating ng kuwento ng mga taga-Palawan.

Noong unang panahon daw ay may isang mayamang Palawenyo na kilala sa pagiging usurero. Siya si Kablan na lagi nang gusuing patubuan ang lahat ng kapitbahay na nangingisda sa kanilang komunidad. Sa sobrang pagpapatubo sa perang ipinapautang, galit ng galit ang mga mangingisdang hindi makapalag sa kaswapangan ng kanilang kababayan. Sapagkat baon sa hirap ang lahat, napipilitan silang maging sunod-sunuran sa napakatakaw na mangangalakal.

Tanging si Kablan ang may tindahan sa kanilang komunidad. Binabarat niya ang mga paninda sa siyudad. Ipinagbibili niya ang mga ito na may mataas na patong sa mga pobreng mangingisda. Hindi sila maka-angal sa di makatarungang pagpapautang. Continue reading “Ang Alamat Ng Pating”

Legend of the Lovebirds English Version

This is the story how two lovers from two warring families fought for their love and right to be together.

When the world was young, in a faraway town, there were two families who were fighting for the right to govern the people. Both families were rich and powerful, which is why nobody would back down in the struggle to claim power over the town. These were the tribes of Datu Dinaganda and Datu Manoo.
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Alamat ng Munting Loro

Ito ay kuwento ng dalawang magkasintahan na pilit pinaglalayo ng kani-kanilang mga magkaaway na angkan.

Noong bata pa ang mundo, sa isang bayan ay may isang dalawang makangayarihang angkan ang nag-aaway kung sino ang mas karapat-dapat na mamuno sa taong bayan. Parehas na makapangarihan ang bawat pamilya kung kaya’t hindi sila magkasundo. Ito ay ang angkan nila Datu Dinaganda at Datu Manoo.

Ang angkan ng mga Dinaganda ay may nag-iisang anak na dalaga na nagngangalang Marikit. Ang dalaga ay maganda at mabait. Mahal siya ng kanilang nasasakupan sapagkat siya ay matulungin at masayahin. Marami ring mga kalalakihan ang nanliligaw kay Marikit.
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How the World Was Created (Panayan)

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One of the stories about the creation of the world, which the old folks of Panay,
especially those living near the mountain, do not tire relating, tells us that in the
beginning there was no heaven or earth—only a bottomless deep and a world of mist.
Everything was shapeless and formless—the earth, the sky, the sea, and the air were
almost all mixed up.
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The Origin of This World (Maranao)

from the Anthology of Philippine Myths by Damiana L. Eugenio

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According to Maranaw folklore, this world was created by a great Being. It is not known, however, who exactly is this great Being. Or how many days it took him to
create this world. Continue reading “The Origin of This World (Maranao)”