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The Spider and the Fly
This is a Visayan children's story. (The Visayan islands are in the central part of the Philippine archipelago.) This is one of those stories that explains why certain things in nature are the way they are. For example, why are spiders the mortal enemies of flies?  Mr. Spider wanted to marry Miss Fly. Many times he told her of his love and begged her to become his wife, but she always refused for she did not like him. One day when Miss Fly saw Mr. Spider coming again, she Fly closed all the doors and windows of her house and prepared a pot of boiling water. Then she waited, and when Mr. Spider called, begging her to allow him to enter, she answered by throwing boiling water at him. This made Mr. Spider very angry and he cried: “I will never forgive you for this. I and my descendants will always despise you. We will never give you any peace.” Mr. Spider kept his word, and even today one can see the hatred of the spider for the fly.


May ibong uwak na nakakita ng karne na nakabilad sa araw. Tinangay niya ito at lumipad nang malayo. Sa dulo ng sanga ng isang puno, sinimulan niyang kainin ang karne. Ngunit narinig niya ang malakas na boses ng isang aso na nagsabi: "Sa lahat ng ibon, ang uwak ang pinaka-magaling. Walang kakumpara!" Natuwa ang uwak at binukas ang bibig para humalakhak.

Ang nangyari ay nalaglag ang karne mula sa kanyang bibig. Nahulog ito sa lupa kung saan kaagad sinunggaban ng aso. Ngayon alam na natin na ang papuri ay maaaring uri ng panloloko rin.

The Monkey and the Turtle
Ang Unggoy at ang Pagong (The Monkey and the Turtle)  is a folk tale of the Ilocano people. It explains why monkeys don't like to eat meat. This tale may seem morbid to Western sensibilities but it does impart moral lessons. Here's the story: A monkey, looking very sad and dejected, was walking along the bank of the river one day when he met a turtle. “How are you?” asked the turtle, noticing that he looked sad....
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