This poem was written by Ofelia Alcantara – Dimalanta and originated in the NCR Perhaps it is the tinted screen that filters the glare, subdues the blare and pads the pain, and cordons off viewers-victimd from squirts of blood, programmed splices of life, tubed in, shrunk to twenty inches, or flashed full color, making the children…

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This is a literary piece originated in Region IV. Tagaytay is one of the showplaces of the Philippines. Located on a bluff overlooking Taal Lake, the scenery is superb, the climate delightfully cool. Although it is now a chartered city, Tagaytay is practically nothing more than a cluster of villages. Its permanent population is nostly…

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This myth is from Mindoro in Region IV. One moonlight night in the barrio of Balete, the woman of the house hearf an eerie sound never heard before. The sound came from the backyard which was planted with tall tress. Overcome with fear, the woman did not dare to find out what it was. The following…

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A short story by Jo Hanna Faminiano “I tell you, your boyfriend is a cheater. See how he reacted when you asked him how he’s doing? He can’t even tell you where he is. It’s almost a week since he’s not communicating. Oh c’mon!? Boys just disappear when they had a new found lover.” Ionna curled…

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One day, Aponi-tolau, god-hero of the Tingians, went down to the lowlands. He wandered aimlessly through the plains until he reached the seashore. The calm blue sea, massive and yet helpless beneath the morning sun which flooded it with golden light,  fascinated the young man. And unable to resist the beauty of the dancing wavelets,…

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FOLKTALES abound about how flowers, lakes, and mountains came to be because of tragic love stories.  One such romance explains the origin of the ilang-ilang (also spell Ylang-Ylang) tree.   In the town of Tayabas, the prettiest was Ilang.  She was adored by suitors who promised her all the comforts of life but she gave…

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Long time ago, there once lived a very beautiful maiden in a small barrio named “Karilag”. She is with her father Lum-ao and mother Birehna. Karilag is not only beauty, she’s also kind which made her famous all over the barrio. Because of that, many young men wanted to get her as their wife, but…

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A very long time ago, there lived a very kind woman with her three little children.  She loved her children so much that she worked hard to be able to feed them. One day she fell ill, and in a short time she died.  Her spirit went to Kadungayan, of course, as she lived a…

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What is Literature? Literature is written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit which includes books and writings published on a particular subject or leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice. Literature in the Philippines Philippine Literature is a diverse and rich group of works that has evolved side-by-side with the country’s history.…

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