The Legend of Maria Makiling:
In between Quezon and Laguna was Mount Makiling, which belonged to the mysterious Maria Makiling. People wondered if she was a fairy or a mortal woman. Some people, who encountered her in the forest, lost their way home or turned into bubbles and completely disappeared. A servant could not believe her eyes when she saw Maria floating like the wind. According to some, Maria was a farmer who lived on the mountain. She planted rice and vegetables, and plucked all types of fruit from the trees. Creation story from Luzon:
Time went on and the children became so numerous that the parents enjoyed no peace. One day, in desperation, the father seized a stick and began beating them on all sides. This so frightened the children that they flee in different directions, seeking hidden rooms in the house, some concealed themselves in the walls, some ran outside, while others hid in the fireplace, and several fled to the sea. Now it happened that those who went into the hidden rooms of the house later became the chiefs of the islands; and those who concealed themselves in the walls became slaves. Those who ran outside were free men; and those who hid in the fireplace became Negroes; while those who fled to the sea were gone many years, and when their children came back they were the white people. The Monkey and the Crocodile:
There was a tree on which many monkeys lived. In the nearby pond, a pair of crocodiles lived. One day, the female crocodile fell ill. The doctor said that only the heart of a monkey could cure the crocodile. The crocodile offered each of the monkeys to accompany him for a joy ride in the pond. None of them agreed. Lastly, an old monkey agreed. The monkey enjoyed the ride. When they were in deep waters, the crocodile told...