The popular folklore stories and characters

Discussion in 'Pinoy Culture' started by Alexandoy, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    Malakas at Maganda is a story of creation in the Filipino version. The title means the Strong and the Beautiful to signify the positive aspect of the male Filipino and the female Filipino. The story begins when a lightning strikes a bamboo grove where a big bamboo pole splits open to show the appearance of a muscled guy. In another bamboo pole appears a beautiful lady. Malakas at Maganda is still being taken up in grade school.
     
  2. Corzhens

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    It looks like the Philippine folklore is not being taken up in grade school anymore. During my days, we learned of the legends that were folk tales but quite interesting to children. One legend is the firefly called Alitaptap, why it was always holding a lamp because it is looking for something.
     
  3. Alexandoy

    Alexandoy Member

    One version of the legend of the firefly is that the little flying insect is always out of the house that the parents got mad and moved to leave their child. The Alitaptap is in search of its home, day and night, so it holds a lamp wherever it goes.
     
  4. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    The legend of the pineapple starts with a lazy daughter who always would ask her mother about her things. The mother was annoyed that instead of looking for it, her daughter is so lazy so the mother would be the one to look for it. With a curse from the mother, the girl turned into a pineapple with many eyes.
     
  5. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    The monkey and the turtle race.

    This is one of the most popular legends where the monkey had engaged the turtle into a race. As we all know, the slow and steady turtle won the race to give the moral lesson that perseverance pays and that lack of focus can make you lose. But the version here has many endings when the monkey got mad for losing so he threw the turtle into the river which the turtle liked.
     
  6. Corzhens

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    The moon and stars (necklace and comb).

    The legend of the moon and stars on how they came to appear at night. The first woman complained of the low sky that she cursed it to go up. When the sky went up, the comb and necklace of the woman went with it. As the woman was looking for her things, she noticed the quarter moon which was her comb and the stars were the beads of her necklace.
     
  7. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Ang alamat ng Lansones begins with a poisonous fruit that kills. But one day a fairy came to the mountains and pinched the fruit before eating it. The people thought that a fruit that was pinched by the fairy becomes edible so they check the fruit first before eating. Indeed the fruit has a mark of the fairy’s pinch.
     
  8. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Ang alamat ng saging is about the love story of a woman and a male fairy. When the fairy said that he will be leaving, the woman got hold of the male fairy’s hand. But the fairy was being sucked back to his dimension and had cut his hand which was left to the woman. The woman planted the fairy’s hand and later on a tree grew and bear fruits that resemble the hand of the fairy.
     
  9. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Alamat ng Niyog is a folktale that is taught in school. The mother is a widow (sometimes it is the father that was used) who got sick and was deeply worried about the welfare of her children. When she died, she was buried in the backyard as per her wish. Time passed and a tree grew that has a big fruit. When they opened the fruit, it has meat to eat and water to drink. And then they noticed the shell, it was their mother’s face.
     
  10. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Alamat ng Mangga is about a boy who was so generous that he was called a boy with a golden heart. He would be helping people in any which way he could. But he got sick and later died. In his tomb rose a plant that grew to be a tree. When the tree bore fruit, everyone agreed that it was the boy who had a golden heart for the mango was yellow and shaped like a heart.
     
  11. Corzhens

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    Philippine legends – Durian
    There was a king who wanted to eat the Durian fruit that has no taste so the hermit made the fruit taste good. The king was happy and he held a party for the celebration. But not getting invited, the hermit got mad and wanted to reverse the magic on the fruit. When the magic couldn’t be reversed, the hermit just put a nasty odor and thorns.
     
  12. Corzhens

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    Alamat ng Bayabas is the crown that the Sultan wore. When the Sultan got mad at a beggar, he threw insults that made the beggar so humiliated. There was a curse that when the Sultan died, a tree grew on his tomb. When the tree bore the guava fruits, the people said it was the memory of the bad Sultan.
     
  13. Corzhens

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    Philippine legends – Macopa
    There is a serendipity bell in the village. When the people need something, they just ring the bell and they will receive food and other things. When the village was attacked by the enemies, an old man hid the bell in the forest. After sometime when the people couldn’t find the bell, they saw a small tree with fruits like a bell. Truly that macopa tree may have come from the serendipity bell.
     
  14. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    The Alamat ng Langka is about a woman with a generous heart who always give nice food to the people in the neighborhood. One time there was a calamity that ravaged the place. So many perished that included the generous woman. The survivors were so sad that they prayed for the woman to appear. One survivor came with a fruit that is called Langka which is similar to the word Langga which means sweetheart. And they presumed that Langka was the generous woman.
     
  15. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    Bernardo Carpio is a legend of a giant muscled man. In the Angat river in Bulacan, there is a big rock that allegedly has the foot print of Bernardo Carpio. People in that town say that they believe in that legend that the giant had live in the place a long time ago.
     
  16. Corzhens

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    In the rural areas where there are big rivers with strong current, it is said that the river gets a life every year. It is called Buwis which means tax. That happens in rivers where people go on a picnic to swim. The death is caused by the bad spirits that inhabit the river and the places nearby.
     
  17. Corzhens

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    The twin bananas. There is a legend that if you want to have a twin children, eat a twin banana. The type of banana that has twins is the Latundan so it is not rare since they are still sold in the market. But old folks say that the woman should eat the twin banana the moment she feels that she is conceiving.
     
  18. Corzhens

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    Alamat ng Araw at Gabi is the legend of the Day and Night. A couple named Adlaw and the wife named Bulan quarreled. When they separated, all their children went with Bulan and Adlaw was left alone. He shone in the daytime and it was called Araw while at night, Bulan shone together with her children that are called Moon and stars.
     
  19. Corzhens

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    Alamat ng Makahiya is the story of Mimosa who was a selfish plant with a very aromatic flower. When the fairy got angry with the selfishness of Mimosa, she removed the scent of the flower. That was a great humiliation so Mimosa is ashamed when someone would come near to smell the flower. Mimosa would close her leaves
     
  20. Corzhens

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    Alamat ng Dama de Noche is about the flower called dama de noche which has a distinct fragrance. Dama has the fragance when she was alive and living with Datu Makisig. When Dama got sick and died, a plant grew on her tomb. When Datu Makisig visited the tomb and smelled the scent of the flowers, he called it Dama de Noche.