Ang Alamat ng Palay

Tagalog Myths: The Origin of Rice

The Origin of Rice Background Rice is the staple food of Filipinos, and because of this this, we have many stories about rice plants or palay. Our ancestors used their stories to explain how palay was discovered as a crop and rice as a food. In this book, the origin of the palay is related to the livelihood of our ancestors before they became farmers. In the beginniRead More…

Tagalog Myths: The Legend of Macapuno

The Legend of Macapuno In pre-Hispanic days, there was a lagoon that connected with the River Pasig, where later stood the Chinese Parian, near present Botanical Gardens. The Pasig lapped quietly against its banks. Sailing slowly past on the current were floating islands of water-plants, including patches of those resembling cabbages called quiapo, which that suburb is named after. Crocodiles-Read More…

Tagalog Myths: Legend of the Married River

Legend of Mag-asawang Tubig In the olden days, there was a small town in which a few farmers’ families lived.  Among them was the couple known as Ba Imo and Ba Sinta. They were well liked and respected in that place, for although they were well off, they were humble and generous. One day Bathala put them to the test. A beggar in tattered clothes came to their hRead More…

Tagalog Myths: Why the Sun Shines More Brightly Than the Moon

Why the Sun Shines More Brightly Than the Moon Long, long ago there lived a fairy with two very beautiful daughters. Araw, the older daughter, was very amiable and had a kind disposition; Buwan, unlike her sister, was dishonest, cruel, and harsh.  She was always finding fault with Araw.  One night, when the fairy came home from her nocturnal rambles and saw Buwan Read More…

Tagalog Myths: Why the Sky is High

Why the Sky is High In the early days, when the sky was still low, two brothers named Ingat and Daskol lived with their parents on Earth. As their names indicate, Ingat was careful in everything he did and was, therefore, his father’s right hand man. He was always helping with the work in the field, and his parents were very pleased with him. On the other hand, Daskol did his work sloppiRead More…

Tagalog Myths: Why the Sky is Curved

Why the Sky is Curved Many, many years ago, when people were innocent, as soon as they died, their souls went directly to heaven.  In a short time heaven was crowded with souls because nearly everyone went there.  One day, while God was sitting on his throne, he felt it moved by someone.  On looking around, he saw that the souls were pushing towards him because the sky was abRead More…

Tagalog Myths: The Origin of the Stars

The Origin of the Stars Hundreds of years ago, some people say there were no stars.  The sun was a mighty god, ruler of the day.  Buan, the moon, was a rival god of the sun and desired to rule both day and night.  Lihangin, god of the wind, was a friend of both the sun and the moon.  One day he went to visit Araw, god of the sun, to warm himself. When they were sittRead More…

Tagalog Myths: Big Dipper in the Sky

The Big Dipper in the Sky In a town named Kabatuhan, there lived a poor mother and child who lived by the grace of God. Because the old woman was a good mother, the child grew up good and respectful. But bad times came upon the town. All the wells in the town, the only source of water for drinking and for daily needs, ran dry. Soon many people became sick and started dying of thirst. ThRead More…

Tagalog Myths: The Creation Story

The Creation Story When the world first began, there was no land, only the sea and the sky, and between them was a crow. One day this bird, which had nowhere to land, grew tired of flying around, so she stirred up the sea until it threw its waters against the sky. The sky, in order to restrain the sea, showered upon it many islands until it could no longer rise but instead flow back and fortRead More…

Tagalog Myths: Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve of the Tagalog Many hundreds of years ago, when Luzon was still uninhabited, Bathala–our Supreme God–was envious of Laon–the god of the Visayans–because Laon had many subjects, while Bathala’s kingdom was a barren desert. It was within the power of Bathala to create human beings but not food for them, so he asked for advice from Diwata, the supreme god of the universe. DiwRead More…