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The Battle Of The Crabs The Battle Of The Crabs

The Battle Of The Crabs
Visayan One day the land crabs had a meeting and one of them said: "What shall we do with the waves? They sing so loudly all the time that we cannot possibly sleep." "Well," answered one of the oldest of the crabs, "I think we should make war on them." The others agreed to this, and it was decided that the next day all the male crabs should get ready to fight the waves. They started for the sea, as agreed, when they met a shrimp. "Where are you going, my friends?" asked the shrimp. "We are going to fight the... Short Stories - Post by : Tuddy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 1884

The Spider And The Fly The Spider And The Fly

The Spider And The Fly
Visayan 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 she saw Mr. Spider coming again Miss Fly closed all the doors and windows of her house and made ready 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, but... Short Stories - Post by : clelestem - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3276

The Hawk And The Hen The Hawk And The Hen

The Hawk And The Hen
Visayan A hawk flying about in the sky one day decided that he would like to marry a hen whom he often saw on earth. He flew down and searched until he found her, and then asked her to become his wife. She at once gave her consent on the condition that he would wait until she could grow wings like his, so that she might also fly high. The hawk agreed to this and flew away, after giving her a ring as an engagement present and telling her to take good care of it. The hen was very proud of... Short Stories - Post by : enriched1 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 1234

Why Dogs Wag Their Tails Why Dogs Wag Their Tails

Why Dogs Wag Their Tails
Visayan A rich man in a certain town once owned a dog and a cat, both of which were very useful to him. The dog had served his master for many years and had become so old that he had lost his teeth and was unable to fight any more, but he was a good guide and companion to the cat who was strong and cunning. The master had a daughter who was attending school at a convent some distance from home, and very often he sent the dog and the cat with presents to the girl. One day he... Short Stories - Post by : 1mauigirl - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 2570

Mansumandig Mansumandig

Mansumandig
Visayan One day a man said to his wife: "My wife, we are getting very poor and I must go into business to earn some money." "That is a good idea," replied his wife. "How much capital have you?" "I have twenty-five centavos," (165) answered the man; "and I am going to buy rice and carry it to the mines, for I have heard that it brings a good price there." So he took his twenty-five centavos and bought a half-cavan of rice which he carried on his shoulder to the mine. Arriving there he told the people that he had... Short Stories - Post by : alexlee - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 2196

The Virtue Of The Cocoanut The Virtue Of The Cocoanut

The Virtue Of The Cocoanut
Visayan One day a man took his blow-gun (163)and his dog and went to the forest to hunt. As he was making his way through the thick woods he chanced upon a young cocoanut tree growing in the ground. It was the first tree of this kind that he had ever seen, and it seemed so peculiar to him that he stopped to look at it. When he had gone some distance farther, his attention was attracted by a noisy bird in a tree, and he shot it with his blow-gun. By and by he took aim at a large... Short Stories - Post by : scotsgold - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 2128

The First Monkey The First Monkey

The First Monkey
Visayan Many years ago at the foot of a forest-covered hill was a small town, and just above the town on the hillside was a little house in which lived an old woman and her grandson. The old woman, who was very industrious, earned their living by removing the seeds from cotton, and she always had near at hand a basket in which were cotton and a long stick that she used for a spindle. The boy was lazy and would not do anything to help his grandmother, but every day went down to the town and gambled. One day, when... Short Stories - Post by : BobBilson - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 5187

The Sun And The Moon (visayan Version) The Sun And The Moon (visayan Version)

The Sun And The Moon (visayan Version)
Visayan (160) Once upon a time the Sun and the Moon were married, and they had many children who were the stars. The Sun was very fond of his children, but whenever he tried to embrace any of them, he was so hot that he burned them up. This made the Moon so angry that finally she forbade him to touch them again, and he was greatly grieved. One day the Moon went down to the spring to do some washing, and when she left she told the Sun that he must not touch any of their children in her absence.... Short Stories - Post by : Protune - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3870

Juan Gathers Guavas Juan Gathers Guavas

Juan Gathers Guavas
Tagalog One day Juan's father sent him to get some ripe guavas, for a number of the neighbors had come in and he wanted to give them something to eat. Juan went to the guava bushes and ate all the fruit he could hold, and then he decided to play a joke on his father's guests instead of giving them a feast of guavas. A wasp's nest hung near by. With some difficulty he succeeded in taking it down and putting it into a tight basket that he had brought for the fruit. He hastened home and gave the basket to... Short Stories - Post by : cenglish - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 4922

The Adventures Of Juan The Adventures Of Juan

The Adventures Of Juan
Tagalog Juan was always getting into trouble. He was a lazy boy, and more than that, he did not have good sense. When he tried to do things, he made such dreadful mistakes that he might better not have tried. His family grew very impatient with him, scolding and beating him whenever he did anything wrong. One day his mother, who was almost discouraged with him, gave him a bolo (157) and sent him to the forest, for she thought he could at least cut firewood. Juan walked leisurely along, contemplating some means of escape. At last he came to a... Short Stories - Post by : lawhite777 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3252

The Story Of Benito The Story Of Benito

The Story Of Benito
Tagalog Benito was an only son who lived with his father and mother in a little village. They were very poor, and as the boy grew older and saw how hard his parents struggled for their scanty living he often dreamed of a time when he might be a help to them. One evening when they sat eating their frugal meal of rice the father told about a young king who lived in a beautiful palace some distance from their village, and the boy became very much interested. That night when the house was dark and quiet and Benito lay on... Short Stories - Post by : clickit - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 2592

The Creation Story (tagalog Version) The Creation Story (tagalog Version)

The Creation Story (tagalog Version)
Tagalog When the world first began there was no land, but only the stea and the sky, and between them was a kite. (154) One day the bird which had nowhere to light grew tired of flying about, so she stirred up the sea until it threw its waters against the sky. The sky, in order to restrain the sea, showered upon it many islands until it could no longer rise, but ran back and forth. Then the sky ordered the kite to light on one of the islands to build her nest, and to leave the sea and the sky... Short Stories - Post by : Robert_J_Hardy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 12304

The White Squash The White Squash

The White Squash
Ilocano In a queer little bamboo house in front of a big garden lived a man and his wife all alone. They had always been kind and good to everyone, but still they were not happy, because the child for which they longed had never come to them. Each day for many years they had prayed for a son or a daughter, but their prayers had been unanswered. Now that they were growing old they believed that they must always live alone. In the garden near their house this couple grew fine white squash, and as the vines bore the year... Short Stories - Post by : fairjennet - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 4046

The Story Of A Monkey The Story Of A Monkey

The Story Of A Monkey
Ilocano One day when a monkey was climbing a tree in the forest in which he lived, he ran a thorn into his tail. Try as he would, he could not get it out, so he went to a barber in the town and said: "Friend Barber, I have a thorn in the end of my tail. Pull it out, and I will pay you well." The barber tried to pull out the thorn with his razor, but in doing so he cut off the end of the tail. The monkey was very angry and cried: "Barber, Barber, give me back... Short Stories - Post by : Chris_Margetis - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 1834

The Presidente Who Had Horns The Presidente Who Had Horns

The Presidente Who Had Horns
Ilocano Once there was a presidente (151) who was very unjust to his people, and one day he became so angry that he wished he had horns so that he might frighten them. No sooner had he made this rash wish, than horns began to grow on his head. He sent for a barber who came to his house to cut his hair, and as he worked the presidente asked: "What do you see on my head?" "I see nothing," answered the barber; for although he could see the horns plainly, he was afraid to say so. Soon, however, the... Short Stories - Post by : Mark_Nenadic - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3866

The Poor Fisherman And His Wife The Poor Fisherman And His Wife

The Poor Fisherman And His Wife
Ilocano Many, many years ago a poor fisherman and his wife lived with their three sons in a village by the sea. One day the old man set his snare in the water not far from his house, and at night when he went to look at it, he found that he had caught a great white fish. This startled the old man very much, for he had never seen a fish like this before, and it occurred to him that it was the priest of the town. He ran to his wife as fast as he could and cried: "My... Short Stories - Post by : mlmleadslady - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3347

The Monkey And The Turtle The Monkey And The Turtle

The Monkey And The Turtle
Ilocano 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. The monkey replied, "Oh, my friend, I am very hungry. The squash of Mr. Farmer were all taken by the other monkeys, and now I am about to die from want of food." "Do not be discouraged," said the turtle; "take a bolo and follow me and we will steal some banana plants." So they walked along together until they found some nice plants which they dug... Short Stories - Post by : onlinemoney - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3077

The Story Of Bantugan The Story Of Bantugan

The Story Of Bantugan
Moro Before the Spaniards occupied the island of Mindanao, there lived in the valley of the Rio Grande a very strong man, Bantugan, whose father was the brother of the earthquake and thunder. (146) Now the Sultan of the Island (147) had a beautiful daughter whom Bantugan wished to marry, but the home of the Sultan was far off, and whoever went to carry Bantugan's proposal would have a long and hazardous journey. All the head men consulted together regarding who should be sent, and at last it was decided that Bantugan's own son, Balatama, was the one to go.... Short Stories - Post by : Jolly_Roger - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 2162

Mythology Of Mindanao Mythology Of Mindanao

Mythology Of Mindanao
Moro A long, long time ago Mindanao was covered with water, and the sea extended over all the lowlands so that nothing could be seen but mountains. Then there were many people living in the country, and all the highlands were dotted with villages and settlements. For many years the people prospered, living in peace and contentment. Suddenly there appeared in the land four horrible monsters which, in a short time, had devoured every human being they could find. Kurita, a terrible creature with many limbs, lived partly on land and partly in the sea, but its favorite haunt was the... Short Stories - Post by : Maurice2 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 1959

The Widow's Son The Widow's Son

The Widow's Son
Subanun (Mindanao) In a little house at the edge of a village lived a widow with her only son, and they were very happy together. The son was kind to his mother, and they made their living by growing rice in clearings on the mountain side and by hunting wild pig in the forest. One evening when their supply of meat was low, the boy said: "Mother, I am going to hunt pig in the morning, and I wish you would prepare rice for me before daylight." So the widow rose early and cooked the rice, and at dawn the boy... Short Stories - Post by : linkwrangler - Date : November 2011 - Author : Mabel Cook Cole - Read : 3444