The Legend of Coconut Three – Ang Alamat ng Puno ng Niyog

February 20th, 2018 by

Possibly the default symbol of the tropics, the coconut tree was dubbed the “tree of life” for its versatility. Its trunk makes for sturdy lumber, its leaves and husks are woven into decorative items, and its flesh and water are delicious as they are or in a variety of dishes. In the Philippines, buko juice […]

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The Legend of Lanzones – Ang Alamat ng Lansones

February 20th, 2018 by

Lansones grow in clusters like grapes, and have clear, translucent flesh that hides bitter, inedible seeds. The story goes like this: Lansones is actually derived from the word lason, which is Tagalog for “poison.” There was once a time when the pale yellow globes lived up to their sinister name. The cream-colored clusters were said […]

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The Legend of Mango – Ang Alamat ng Manga

February 20th, 2018 by

The Philippine mango is inarguably the beloved darling out of all our local fruits. Mangoes thrive in the tropics, and are cultivated everywhere from the Carribean Islands to Southeast Asia. But it is the Philippine mango that’s famed throughout the world for its sweet nectar and especially succulent flesh. What’s the Legend Behind It? There […]

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The Legend of Java Apple – Ang Alamat ng Makopa

February 20th, 2018 by

The bell fruit, or the makopa, is a familiar sight in most tropical countries. Its skin ranges in color from white to red, with some varieties having black skin. Its flavor is similar to a pear’s, and its texture is not unlike that of a watermelon’s. The story goes like this: There was once a […]

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The Legend Of the Guava – Ang Alamat ng Bayabas

February 20th, 2018 by

Philippine culture is rich in folklore. One tale I enjoyed during my childhood was the legend of the guava fruit, which comes with a moral lesson. A guava tree or fruit is called bayabas in Tagalog, which is the language of the Philippines. What’s the Story Behind It? A long time ago, there’s a king […]

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The Legend of Olongapo – Ang Alamat ng Olongapo

February 20th, 2018 by

Olongapo is a city located in the province of Zambales. It is one of the most cheerful cities in Central Luzon. It is near the Subic bay and is also one of the places which have been largely affected by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. This is how it got the name Olongapo: There was […]

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The Legend of Mt. Arayat – Ang Alamat ng Bundok Arayat

February 20th, 2018 by

At the foot of Mt. Alindayat in Pampanga, Philippines, a beautiful maiden by the name of Ara Ayat lived. She was an orphan and is only living with her sick grandmother. Around their small nipa hut, various fruit-bearing trees grow. There are also numerous vegetables, rootcrops, and flowering plants. Ara Ayat patiently cares for these […]

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The Legend of Chocolate Hills – Ang Alamat ng mga Bundok ng Tsokolate

February 20th, 2018 by

It is said that in the early times, the island of Bohol in the Visayas is a vast mass of dry land. Rice fields tend to crack under the heat of the sun. During the rainy season, the dusty land turns into a stream of mud. It is only during the rice season that the […]

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Ang Alamat ng Bulkang Mayon – The Legend of Mayon Volcano

February 20th, 2018 by

In the town of Daraga, in the province of Albay in the Bicol Region, lays the most beautiful volcano in the Philippines- Mayon volcano. Its picturesque view may have been what inspired the natives to come up with one of the most exceptional Philippine alamats – the legend of “Daragang Magayon” of the Bicolanos, or […]

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The Legend of Malate – Ang Alamat ng Malate

February 20th, 2018 by

Malate is a place that can be found in Manila, Philippines. This extends from Mabini and Harrison near Roxas Boulevard, beside the sea. This is how it got its name: There were two sibling named Maria and Jose who used to bathe in the sea shore. One day, while they were bathing, some Spanish passed […]

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