Philippine Folklore Stories
PHILIPPINE FOLKLORE STORIES
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In this volume you will find 14 tales including those of HARISABOQUED, KING OF A MOUNTAIN. A LEGEND OF THE VOLCANO OF CANLAON ON THE ISLAND OF NEGROS. The volcano is still active, and the smoke and steam which are still emitted from its crater gave rise to the story. There is also the poetic story of the PERICOS BIRD and of QUICOY and the ONGLOC (the Ongoloc is known in the West as the Bogy-man). Of particular interest is their CREATION STORY. How the progeny from the marriage of the children of Gods populated the earth and how their offspring came to have different coloured skins.
It is said that Filipinos have always been awed by the fairy tales and epics from other lands. This is to be expected as the Philippines has been a cross-roads on the fabled Spice Route for hundreds of years.
It is also to be expected that traders brought wonderful tales of far-off lands. From the west tales of Egypt, Arabia and India and from the North and East, tales of Siam, Sind and Nippon. It is not surprising, therefore, that most Filipinos considered their local folklore and tales to be somewhat inferior when compared to these exotic stories. But, there is no reason for this. The myths and folk-lore of the Philippines are as beautiful and rich as those of other lands, coloured by the many people and cultures who have influenced the country.
So join with us and journey back to a time when these stories were told around campfires, to the delight of young and old alike. The tales gathered here share the charm, depth and variety of what it means to be Filipino.
33% of the net profit will be donated to UNICEF.
Excerpt from PHILIPPINE FOLKLORE STORIES
THE PASSING OF LOKU
The tale of Loku is applied to a large, ugly lizard which climbs to the rafters of houses and gives the peculiar cry that suggests its name. This lizard, although hideous, is harmless; it lives on centipedes. Its strange cry may be heard everywhere in the Philippine Islands.
Hundreds of years ago a very wicked king named Loku ruled the Philippines. He was cruel and unjust, and condemned to death all who refused to do his bidding. He had vast armies and made war on all until his name was feared everywhere.
His power was very great. He conquered every nation that opposed him and killed so many people that the god, viewing the slaughter from his throne above, sent an angel to order him to cease from warfare and to rule the land in peace.
Loku was in his palace, planning an assault on his neighbors, when a soft light filled the chamber, and a beautiful angel appeared and delivered the mandate of the master.
The cruel king paid no heed, but dismissed the holy messenger in scorn.
"Tell your master," said he, "to deliver his message in person. I do not deal with messengers. I am Loku. All fear my name. I am the great Loku."
Hardly had he spoken when the palace shook to its foundations and a mighty voice thundered, "Is it thus thou Slightest my word? Thou art Loku. All shall indeed know thy name. From every crevice thou shalt forever cry it in a form that suits thy ill nature."
The courtiers, alarmed by the shock, rushed to the king's chamber, but Loku was nowhere to be found. The royal robes lay scattered on the floor and the only living thing to be seen was an ugly lizard that blinked at them from among the plans on the table.
They searched far and wide, and when no trace of the king could be found the courtiers divided the kingdom and ruled so wisely and well that there was peace for many years.
As for Loku, you may still hear him fulfilling his punishment. From crack and crevice, tree and shrub, he calls his name from dark till dawn: "Lok-u! Lok-u! Lok-u!"
And he must cry it forever.
Table of Contents for PHILIPPINE FOLKLORE STORIES
|THE TOBACCO OF HARISABOQUED|
|QUICOY AND THE ONGLOC|
|THE PASSING OF LOKU|
|THE LIGHT OF THE FLY|
|MANGITA AND LARINA|
|HOW THE WORLD WAS MADE|
|THE SILVER SHOWER|
|THE FAITHLESSNESS OF SINOGO|
|CATALINA OF DUMAGUETE|
|THE FALL OF POLOBULAC|
|THE ESCAPE OF JUANITA|
|THE ANTING-ANTING OF MANUELITO|
|WHEN THE LILIES RETURN|
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