Philippine Folktales, Myths and Legends
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See the photo up there? That's my 4-year old son, riding a boat in Fontana, Pampanga.

As he journeys onward along the roads and rivers of life, I want him to always remember that he is a Filipino. To help him remember his heritage, I share with him stories my grandparents and parents entranced me with in the summers of my youth--tales of heroes and gods, mystical beings and creatures, and even deceptively ordinary, everyday-things like rain, or wind, or plants, or even the ant.

It isn't easy to hold my son's attention in today's Cartoon Network world. And I'm not kidding myself that all these folktales, myths and legends will actually sink in. Admittedly, the colorful western books, Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears and Mercer Mayer's Little Critter seem to have done a better job.

But all is not lost.

I know that in the future, he will visit this site. Perhaps as a teenager. Perhaps as a father.

And he will remember the things his Daddy told him many years ago.

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This site, which is accessed mostly by students conducting research, is far from complete.

Is there some story you'd like to see here, as a way of remembering your parents, or as a way of reaching out to your children? Please share your comments and thoughts at and let's help spread the magic to more people.

Maraming Salamat Po,
Mula sa Pamilya ni
Manuel Viloria
July 2001

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