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Book No. 54

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Philippine Folklore Stories

Miller John Maurice

Philippine Folklore Stories, John Maurice Miller, 1904


By John Maurice Miller

Boston: Ginn.



As these stories are only legends that have been handed down from remote times, the teacher must impress upon the minds of the children that they are myths and are not to be given credence; otherwise the imaginative minds of the native children would accept them as truth, and trouble would be caused that might be hard to remedy. Explain then the fiction and show the children the folly of belief in such fanciful tales.


balete tree = a type of tree, Ficus indica, often believed to be the home of evil and vengeful spirits.

camisas = shirts.

chinela = slipper.

cocheros = drivers of horse-drawn carriages.

Datto = chief.

Guardia Civil = Spanish police.

ladrones = thieves.

lubi lana = coconut oil.

Moro = Muslim's from the southern islands of the Philippines.

Negritos = Negroid people indigenous in some parts of the Philippines.

nipa = palm leaf of which the roofs of cheap houses are made.

sacayan = small outrigger boat.

tuba = alcoholic drink made from the sap of the coconut tree.

tungud = the red bark of a mangrove tree.

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