Examples of Filipino Folktales

The most famous work on Filipino folktales is Philippine Folk Tales by Mabel Cook Cole. It is the first comprehensive popular collection of folk tales of the islands. She spent four years among the tribes of the Philippines in the early 20th century while her husband was engaged in ethnological work for the Field Museum of Natural History.

Here are the stories she collected:

Group I: Tinguian

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 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
The 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

Group II: Igorot

The Creation
The Flood Story
Lumawig on Earth
How the First Head Was Taken
The Serpent Eagle
The Tattooed Men
Tilin, the Rice Bird

Group III: The Wild Tribes of Mindanao

How the Moon and 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

Group IV: Moro

Mythology of Mindanao
The Story of Bantugan

Group V: The 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