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An Unequal Match; Or, Why The Carabao's Hoof Is Split An Unequal Match; Or, Why The Carabao's Hoof Is Split

An Unequal Match; Or, Why The Carabao's Hoof Is Split
Narrated by Godofredo Rivera, a Tagalog from Pagsanjan, La Laguna. Once a carabao and a turtle met on a road. They walked in the woods, and had a fine talk together. The turtle was a sort of humorist, and was constantly giving exhibitions of his dexterity in getting food by trickery. But he was especially anxious to win the friendship of the carabao; for he thought that, if they were friendly, this big fellow would help him whenever he got into trouble. So he said to the carabao, "Let us live together and hunt out food together! thus we shall break... Short Stories - Post by : dgrant - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 4691

Why The Sky Is Curved Why The Sky Is Curved

Why The Sky Is Curved
Version (a) Narrated by Aurelia Malvar, a Tagalog from Santo Tomas, Batangas. Her father told her the story. Many, many years ago, when people were innocent, as soon as they died, their souls went directly to heaven. In a short time heaven was crowded with souls, because nearly every one went there. One day, while God was sitting on his throne, he felt it moved by some one. On looking up, he saw that the souls were pushing towards him, because the sky was about to fall. At once he summoned five angels, and said to them, "Go at once to... Short Stories - Post by : david_qian_ - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1320

Why The Ocean Is Salty Why The Ocean Is Salty

Why The Ocean Is Salty
Narrated by José M. Paredes of Bangued, Ilocos Sur. He heard the story from a farmer. A few years after the creation of the world there lived a tall giant by the name of Ang-ngalo, the only son of the god of building. Ang-ngalo was a wanderer, and a lover of work. He lived in the mountains he dug many caves. These caves he protected from the continual anger of Angin, the goddess of the wind, by precipices and sturdy trees. One bright morning, while Ang-ngalo was climbing to his loftiest cave, he spied across the ocean--the ocean at the... Short Stories - Post by : jensrsa - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 827

How The Crow Became Black How The Crow Became Black

How The Crow Became Black
Version (a) How the Crow became Black Narrated by Vicente L. Neri, a Visayan from Cagayan, Misamis. He was told the story by his grandmother. A long time ago, when Bathala, the god of the land, was peacefully ruling his dominions, he had many pets. Among these, his two favorites were the dove and the crow. The crow was noted for its bright, pretty plumage. One day Bathala had a quarrel with Dumagat, the god of the sea. Bathala's subjects had been stealing fish, which were the subjects of Dumagat. When Dumagat learned of this, and could get no satisfaction from... Short Stories - Post by : candy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 2476

Why Cocks Have Combs On Their Heads Why Cocks Have Combs On Their Heads

Why Cocks Have Combs On Their Heads
Narrated by Rosita Nieva, a Tagalog from Boac, Marinduque. She heard the story from her grandmother. Once upon a time there was a magician named Pablo, who had a son called Juan. Pablo was very industrious, but Juan was lazy and disobedient. Juan cared for nothing but fine clothes and his own appearance; he would not help his father. One day Pablo went into his son's room to find out what he was doing. There he was, standing before a mirror, and combing his hair. Pablo was so angry at his son, that he immediately snatched the comb from his hand.... Short Stories - Post by : redrider - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1052

Why The Cuttle-fish And Squids Produce A Black Liquid Why The Cuttle-fish And Squids Produce A Black Liquid

Why The Cuttle-fish And Squids Produce A Black Liquid
Narrated by Victoria Ciudadano of Batangas. She says she heard the story from an old woman. It is known by both the Tagalogs and the Visayans. A long time ago, after Bathala (108) had created the fishes, he assigned a certain day for all of them to meet in the Dark Sea. The object of this convention was to appoint some officers. Early in the morning of the day designated, the fishes were to be seen hurrying to the meeting. When they reached the assembly hall, they found Bathala sitting on a beautiful stone, waiting for them. He called the roll... Short Stories - Post by : jeff2056 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 2012

Why Snails Climb Up Grass Why Snails Climb Up Grass

Why Snails Climb Up Grass
Narrated by José E. Tomeldan of Binalonan, Pangasinan. Long ago, when the various kinds of animals dwelt together in a kind of community, a dalag (a kind of mud-fish), a dragonfly, a wasp, and a snail agreed to live together in a common house. They furthermore agreed to divide up the different household duties according to their power and skill. Accordingly, Dalag, since he was the biggest and strongest of all, was made the head of the house. He was also to provide food for his little companions. Dragon-Fly was made the messenger, because he was the swiftest of them all,... Short Stories - Post by : Debbied1 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1643

The Story Of Our Fingers The Story Of Our Fingers

The Story Of Our Fingers
Narrated by Leopoldo Uichanco, a Tagalog from Calamba, La Laguna. "Why," said Antonio to his grandfather one day, "does our thumb stand separate from the other fingers?" "That is only so in our days," replied old Julian. "In the days of long ago the fingers of our ancestors stood together in the same position. One day one of these fingers, the one we call the little finger, became very hungry, and he asked the finger next to him to give him some food. "'O brother!' said the Ring-Finger in reply, 'I am hungry also; but where shall we get food?' "'Heaven... Short Stories - Post by : aflakejr - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 2034

The Lost Necklace The Lost Necklace

The Lost Necklace
Version (a) The Lost NecklaceNarrated by Facundo Esquivel, a Tagalog, who heard the story from a friend from Cebu. The story is Visayan. Once a crow bought a fine necklace from a merchant. He was very proud of his purchase, which he immediately put around his neck, so that everybody could see it. Then he flew away, and came to a beautiful little garden he met his old friend the hen strutting about, with her chicks following her. The hen said to him, "Oh, what a fine necklace you have! May I borrow it? I will return it to you... Short Stories - Post by : bgall - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 3153

Why The Monkey Is Wise Why The Monkey Is Wise

Why The Monkey Is Wise
Narrated by Francisco M. Africa. Once upon a time there lived a poor man who had seven sons. These young men, all except the youngest, helped their aged father with the work; but the family became poorer and poorer. One day, when they had exhausted all their means of support, the father called his sons before him. To every son he assigned a certain kind of work, so that there might be cooperation, and hence efficiency, in the labors of the humble family. To the youngest son was assigned the task of gathering sticks in the forest for fuel. Not long... Short Stories - Post by : sjp345 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 2917

Why The Cow's Skin Is Loose On The Neck Why The Cow's Skin Is Loose On The Neck

Why The Cow's Skin Is Loose On The Neck
Version (a)Narrated by Francisco M. Africa. There was once a poor farmer who possessed a cow and a carabao. These two animals were his only wealth. Every day he led them to the field to plough. He worked his animals so hard, that they often complained to him; but the cruel master would not even listen to their words. One day the cow, who had grown tired of this kind of life, said to the carabao, "Let us run away from this evil man! Though we are very dirty, he is not willing for us even to take a bath. If... Short Stories - Post by : DiaMondBusteR - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 3675

Why The Culing Has A Tonsure Why The Culing Has A Tonsure

Why The Culing Has A Tonsure
Version (a) Why the Culing has a Tonsure Narrated by Francisco M. Africa. In a certain field there lived two birds,--Pogô ("quail") and Culing (a small black bird that has no feathers on the top of its head). One day Pogô, while scratching the ground for food, met Culing. When Culing saw Pogô, he said in a taunting tone, "Where are you going, lazy one? Be more active. Don't be as lazy as a leech!" Pogô became very angry. "You call me lazy!" he said. "You are much lazier than I. Let us see which can fly higher into the sky!"... Short Stories - Post by : ultraman - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1648

Why The Sun Shines More Brightly Than The Moon Why The Sun Shines More Brightly Than The Moon

Why The Sun Shines More Brightly Than The Moon
A Tagalog story narrated by Francisco M. Africa. Long, long ago there lived a fairy with two very beautiful daughters. Araw, the elder daughter, was very amiable, and had a kindly disposition; but Buwan, unlike her sister, was disobedient, cruel, and harsh. She was always finding fault with Araw. One night, when the fairy came home from her nocturnal rambles and saw Buwan badly mistreating her elder sister, she asked God for help against her unruly daughter. Before this time God had prepared very valuable gifts for the two sisters. These gifts were two enormous diamonds that could light the whole... Short Stories - Post by : david_br - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 4000

Why Bats Fly At Night Why Bats Fly At Night

Why Bats Fly At Night
Narrator, Francisco M. Africa. Many years ago the earth was inhabited by only one man. His body was composed of minute organisms that were incessantly warring against one another. One day this man became so weak that he could not obtain food for his support. He laid himself down on some soft moss by the bank of a river, and there he remained till night. The organisms that lived in his body began to fight against one another most fiercely. Each ate his fellow until he became very big. At last the man died, and only one organism remained alive. This... Short Stories - Post by : uwin2 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 2788

Why Cocks Fight One Another Why Cocks Fight One Another

Why Cocks Fight One Another
Narrated by Francisco M. Africa. Once upon a time in an unknown country there lived a royal couple endowed with almost all the blessings of God. Their palace was decorated with all kinds of precious stones, diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds. They were often honored with visits from the celestial beings. There was hardly an hour of the day when some sort of jubilation or festival was not being held in the royal home. But, in spite of all his riches, there was a melancholy in the mind of the king,--a brooding, a cankering thought, that would not give him an hour... Short Stories - Post by : maxvonmillion - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 871

How Lansones Became Edible How Lansones Became Edible

How Lansones Became Edible
Narrated by Francisco M. Africa. Once upon a time the fruit of the lansone-tree was very poisonous. Its very juice could make a man sick with leprosy. One day a very religious old man was passing through a forest to attend the fiesta of the neighboring town. When he reached the middle of the thick wood, he became very hungry and tired, and he felt that he could go no farther. No matter where he looked, he could see nothing but the poisonous lansone-trees. So he lay down on the soft grass. Hardly a moment had passed, when a winged being... Short Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1979

Why Locusts Are Harmful Why Locusts Are Harmful

Why Locusts Are Harmful
Narrated by Francisco M. Africa. During the dawn of humanity, some angels headed by Satanas revolted against God. They wanted to establish a kingdom for themselves. In a battle against the army of God, in which God himself was present, Satanas threw a handful of sand into God's face; but the heavenly monarch just laughed, and said, "I turn the sand back to thee. The particles shall become the scourge of all ages to thee and to thy followers, O Satanas!" No sooner had God uttered these words than the particles of sand became a mighty swarm of locusts, that flew... Short Stories - Post by : Lateef_Olajide - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1494

Why The Ant Is Not So Venomous As The Snake Why The Ant Is Not So Venomous As The Snake

Why The Ant Is Not So Venomous As The Snake
Narrated by Francisco M. Africa of Lipa, Batangas. This is a Tagalog story. God first created the earth. Then he took a rock from the earth and threw it on the terrestrial surface. When the rock was broken into many small pieces, he breathed into them the breath of life, and they became living creatures. At first these creatures, though differing in shapes and sizes, were not given different powers. Among these creatures of God's were the snake and the ant. One day the snake went to God to ask for power. It said, "I come to thee, O God! to... Short Stories - Post by : jamestcarter - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 3024

Auac And Lamiran Auac And Lamiran

Auac And Lamiran
Narrated by Anastacia Villegas of Arayat, Pampanga. She heard the story from her father, and says that it is well known among the Pampangans. Once Auac, a hawk, stole a salted fish which was hanging in the sun to dry. He flew with it to a branch of a camanchile-tree he sat down and began to eat. As he was eating, Lamiran, a squirrel who had his house in a hole at the foot of the tree, saw Auac. Lamiran looked up, and said, "What beautiful shiny black feathers you have, Auac!" When he heard this praise, the hawk looked... Short Stories - Post by : crikket - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1577

The Camanchile And The Passion The Camanchile And The Passion

The Camanchile And The Passion
Narrated by Fernando M. Maramag of Ilagan, Isabella province. He says that this is an Ilocano story. Once upon a time there grew in a forest a large camanchile-tree (107) with spreading branches. Near this tree grew many other trees with beautiful fragrant flowers that attracted travellers. The camanchile had no fragrant flowers; but still its crown was beautifully shaped, for the leaves received as much light as the leaves of the other trees. But the beauty of the crown proved of no attraction to travellers, and they passed the tree by. One day Camanchile exclaimed aloud, "Oh, what a dreary... Short Stories - Post by : roylee - Date : November 2011 - Author : Dean S. Fansler - Read : 1873