Philippine Folk Stories
CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES
The illustrations below were part of commissioned work for entries within the newest edition of the Philippine Encyclopedia of Art.
Epic Poetry of the Agta
"[Taguwasi] uses his physical strength and the force of the wind spirit emanating from his g-string and chest to destroy and hurl the golden door, revealing Innawagan sitting yonder like the vibrant moon. But in the same moment, Talimanog, who continues the battle with the sky god, falls." (Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia)
"The tale of Mandaripan from an anonymous storyteller in Central Cagayan is funny, absurd, and magical. It reflects the Agta's worldview in coping with unfortunate situations brought about by the grave economic and social changes that threaten their foraging existence." (Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia)
"The Ilonggo creation myth includes the multi-ethnic nature of the human race, and the origins of death, technological invention, death and its irreversibility, a strict code of conduct toward animals, theft, polygamy, and war. This is how the myth goes: There were two gods Kaptan, god of the land, and Magyawan, god of the sea. The land breeze and sea breeze married. Magyawan gave birth to a reed, which Kaptan planted. It broke in two, and out of these two sections came the man, Sikalak, and the woman, Sikabay. After winning the approval of the fish, the birds, and the earthquake, they married."
"Another magical tale tells of a man who leaves his ugly wife for a pretty woman. The wife weeps by the well when a witch comes and, upon being told of the problem, transforms her into a beautiful woman. "