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Filipino Myths and Legends: the Story of Creation

A Visayan story about the creation of the earth, the first man, and the first woman.

In the beginning, the earth Thconsisted of the endless seas and skies. The great bird, Manaul, flew across this sapphire expanse searching for a perch. Tired of his endless flight, he appealed to the god of the Sea, Kaptan, and to the god of the Lands, Magauayan, for aid.

The two, however, fell into a quarrel with each other over who was more powerful. They then sought to resolve this dispute by war. Kaptan sent furious and immense waves at his nemesis. Magauayan, meanwhile, unleashed whirlwinds that pushed back the seas to reveal the lands underneath. This went on for a long time, with neither gaining on the other.

Manaul, desiring peace, then sent emissaries Kanauay and Amihan, to ask the gods to reconcile. But Magauayan and Kaptan ignored their pleas. Tired of the battle, Manaul thus flew to the tip of a high craggy mountain overlooking the ocean, and gathered colossal boulders. He then dropped these on the warring gods and succeeded in stopping them.

When a lull was finally reached, Manaul flew down from his mountain perch until he landed near a tall clump of bamboo. A few moments later, he heard a voice inside the grove asking him to open the bamboos as those inside wanted to be free. Moreover, they desired to help him maintain peace and promised to populate his domains. With a mighty blow from his beak, Manaul opened the bamboos. From one emerged the first man, Si-Kalao and from another, the first woman, Si-Kalay.

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  1. Betty Carew

    On February 1, 2009 at 7:10 am


    Very interesting Alixander

  2. CutestPrincess

    On February 1, 2009 at 7:24 am


    it brings back the memories of my elementary days! nice post!

  3. nobert soloria bermosa

    On February 1, 2009 at 8:21 am


    job well done,congrats

  4. Juhls

    On February 1, 2009 at 8:44 am


    Cool. Thank you for sharing!

    Peace,

    Julesita

  5. Rana Sinha

    On February 1, 2009 at 4:59 pm


    Great. Thanks for sharing.

    Creation myths are fascinating.

    There are of course many Filipino creation myths depending on the ethnic group. Many of the underlying themes are similar to creation myths and themes from India, especially the Ramayana.

  6. Melody SJAL

    On February 1, 2009 at 7:24 pm


    Very interestin, this is the first time I heard about it, thanks for sharing.

  7. MILEYCYRUS143

    On March 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm


    Galing pa send naman yung story sa email ng friend ko bianca_agapito@yahoo.co.uk

    thanks!

  8. !$@B3|_

    On June 10, 2009 at 4:47 am


    nice..pero parang mejo klang..ung samen ung anak nila c sibok ata….anyways….nice!:DD^^

  9. rhardo

    On November 3, 2009 at 10:25 pm


    hmmm… this story is a bit different from the version of wikipedia.

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    On May 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm


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