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Philippine Folk Tales Compiled and Annotated by Mabel Cook Cole

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Philippine Folk Tales
by Mabel Cook Cole

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Table of Contents




Aponibolinayen and the Sun


Gawigawen of Adasen

The Story of Gaygayoma Who Lives Up Above

The Story of Dumalawi

The Story of Kanag

The Story of the Tikgi

The Story of Sayen

The Sun and the Moon

How the Tinguian Learned to Plant


The Tree with the Agate Beads

The Striped Blanket

The Alan and the Hunters

Man and the Alan


The Mistaken Gifts

The Boy Who Became a Stone

The Turtle and the Lizard

The Man with the Cocoanuts

The Carabao and the Shell

The Alligator's Fruit




The Creation

The Flood Story

Lumawig on Earth

How the First Head Was Taken

The Serpent Eagle

The Tattooed Men

Tilin, The Rice Bird

Wild Tribes of Mindanao


How the Moon and the Stars Came to Be

The Flood Story


How Children Became Monkeys

Bulanawan and Aguio



The Story of the Creation

In the Beginning

The Children of the Limokon

The Sun and the Moon

The Widow's Son


Mythology of Mindanao

The Story of Bantugan

Christianized Tribes


The Monkey and the Turtle

The Poor Fisherman and His Wife

The Presidente Who Had Horns

The Story of a Monkey

The White Squash

The Creation Story

The Story of Benito

The Adventures of Juan

Juan Gathers Guavas

The Sun and the Moon

The First Monkey

The Virtue of the Cocoanut


Why Dogs Wag their Tails

The Hawk and the Hen

The Spider and the Fly

The Battle of the Crabs


Pronunciation of Philippine Names


The text came from:

Cole, Mabel Cook. Philippine Folk Tales. London: Curtis Brown, 1916. Buy the book in paperback.

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