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Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller is a captivating collection of traditional Filipino tales, beautifully compiled and brought to life for readers of all ages. The author masterfully captures the essence of Philippine culture, presenting a diverse array of folklore that showcases the rich heritage and unique traditions of the Philippines.

One of the standout qualities of this book is the vivid and intricate storytelling. Miller demonstrates a deep understanding of Filipino folklore, skillfully weaving together myths, legends, and fables that span generations. Each story transports the reader to a different time and place, introducing us to a colorful cast of characters such as mythical creatures, courageous heroes, and cunning tricksters. The narratives are infused with moral lessons and cultural beliefs, making them both entertaining and educational.

What sets this collection apart is the meticulous research and attention to detail. Miller's passion for preserving these stories is evident, as he includes footnotes and explanations that offer valuable insights into the cultural significance of each tale. By providing context, the author ensures that readers unfamiliar with Filipino folklore can fully appreciate the depth and symbolism woven into these stories.

The book is beautifully complemented by stunning illustrations that capture the essence of each narrative. The artwork not only adds visual appeal but also serves as a visual guide, helping readers connect with the characters and immerse themselves in the fantastical world of Philippine folklore. The illustrations bring an extra layer of authenticity to each story, capturing the essence of Filipino artistry.

While the book primarily focuses on folklore, it also provides a glimpse into the diversity of Philippine culture. By showcasing stories from different regions of the country, Miller highlights the rich tapestry of beliefs, languages, and customs that make up the Philippines. This inclusivity adds depth and resonance to the narratives, making them relatable to readers from various cultural backgrounds.

In conclusion, Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller is an enchanting and essential collection for anyone interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines. Through captivating storytelling and meticulous research, Miller succeeds in preserving these timeless tales and ensuring they are passed down to future generations. This book is a valuable addition to any library, offering a gateway into the fascinating world of Filipino folklore.

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By John Maurice Miller, Boston, U.S.A.



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.


The Tobacco of Harisaboqued The Pericos Quicoy and the Ongloc The Passing of Loku The Light of the Fly Mangita and Larina How the World Was Made The Silver Shower The Faithlessness of Sinogo Catalina of Dumaguete The Fall of Polobolac The Escape of Juanita The Anting Anting of Manuelito When the Lilies Return

The Tobacco of Harisaboqued

A legend of the volcano of Canlaon on the island of Negros. It is told generally in Western Negros and Eastern Cebu. The volcano is still active, and smoke and steam rise from its crater.

Long before the strange men came over the water from Spain, there lived in Negros, on the mountain of Canlaon, an old man who had great power over all the things in the earth. He was called Harisaboqued, King of the Mountain... Continue reading book >>

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