Folklore

Beliefs

  • Fishing
    Before the fish net is thrown into the sea, a glowing charcoal is placed in a container with some medicinal ingredients set over the burning coal to form a thick smoke. Then the fish net is suddenly lifted above the smoke with accompanying prayers being recited preferably “Apostles’ Creed”. It is believed that fish are attracted to the net thus ensuring a good catch.
  • Marriage
    1. The bridal gown and suit of the groom should not be tried on prior to the wedding day for it is believed to bring back luck for the couple.
    2. The one holding the candle whose light will be put out first is believed to die ahead of his/her partner.
    3. The bride or groom secretly tries to step on his/her partner’s foot so that she/he will not experience ill-treatment during their married life.
    4. Upon arrival at the house where the reception is to be held, rice grains are showered unto the couple at the doorway to wish them a life of plenty. This is followed by the combing of their hair of both parties, the bride and groom, to signify peace and harmony. Then the couple are made to drink water from the same glass with the belief that they will remain cool whenever disagreements arise.
  • Child bearing
    1. A pregnant woman is never allowed to go out during evenings without a piece of cloth or “bandana” to cover her head for fear of evil spirits who might happen to smell the fetus inside her womb.
    2. When a woman labors, she is made the “monkeys’ belt” to ensure fast and easy delivery of the baby.
  • Death
    1. When a dead person is still lying in state in the house, sweeping of the floor is not to be allowed. The dirt of any kind including pieces of paper are just picked up and gathered in the corner. This is done so as not to drive away spirit of the dead person.
    2. When the coffin is to be brought down from the house for final church services, the coffin is lifted up to the level off the shoulders of the men carrying it for the members of the family to pass under the coffin. This is done so that the spirit of the dead will not come back any more to get/invite any of the members of the family to die with him/her.
  • Building a house
    1. A first post is to be erected at early dawn to insure peace among the members of the household.
    2. Pieces of coins are buried underneath the post to insure a life of plenty.
    3. When a family transfers to a new house, it is done at early dawn to have peace in the house all the time.

Customs

  • People in this town are generally helpful. When a member of a family dies, the people in the neighborhood readily give their assistance in form of “tampohay” the local term for contribution in order to help, a little if not much, the financial problems of the bereaved family.
  • The people celebrate two fiestas in a year; one for the town and the other for their own barrio. They spend much money not only during fiestas but also during wedding, baptism, an burial rites.
  • The people of this town are also very hospitable. They used to entertain their visitors well. Even if they have only a little to offer or to server, they try their best to satisfy their visitors without thinking of the financial problem that lie ahead.
  • Our young ladies are very shy when it comes to courtship. They tend to shy away from strangers even though their hearts tell them that they are the right lovers. On the other hand, young men have also hard time in expressing their feelings towards the young ladies. Their shyness has been added by their parents’ strict rules concerning courtship
  • When one dies in the family, it has been the custom of our place that the bereaved family will have to schedule a forty-day prayer subdivided into four known “novena’ of different intentions, the first nine days of which are devoted to the prayers of the holy rosary. Prayers, therefore, are done every night for forty nights. Then, a closing prayer on the fortieth day has to be said locally termed as “pabasa” which perhaps includes a sort of thanksgiving to the neighbors and friends who joined with the in the hour and days of their sorrows and mourning.

Proverbs

  • The one who cackles is the one who lays eggs.
  • Rolling stone gathers no moss.
  • Early bird catches more worms
  • Good fortune knocks at your door but once.
  • A friend’s slap is better than an enemy’s kiss.
  • A guava tree will not bear mango fruit
  • Earth has ears, gossip has wings.
  • Blood is thicker than water.
  • Smile is the key to every door.
  • What is yours is mine. (Unsay imo maoy ako.)
  • A barking dog seldom bites.
  • Hide your tears behind your sweet smile.

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