@travel_man1971. Filipino folktales, surprisingly are not so well documented despite the richness and variety. Maybe you can compile them all, on HP?
Dianne: I am Fil-Am and very proud of my heritage. I see my Filipina mom every week (when I am not traveling) and the Filipino culture has always been an important part of my life. Many years ago, I conceived the title "Tales of the 7,000 Isles." I wrote it in my journal and saved the idea. Then one day, Barbara Ittner, an acquisitions editor for Libraries Unlimited (my publisher for my professional development books), asked me to do a volume of Filipino Folktales for their World Folklore series. At the time, I was busy working on other book projects so I thanked her and said I would consider it. Zarah and I had been friends for many years and I really respected her work as a librarian, a writer, and a storyteller. I knew this book needed a native Filipino author so I asked Zarah to co-author with me. When I told Barbara and submitted my book proposal, she was so happy. I am very proud of how the book turned out. It is a celebration of the Filipino culture and Pinoy way of life.
is a great selection for children ages four to eight years, but some find that older kids like the stories as well. The collection of classic Filipino tales include 13 favorite short stories for children. The stories offer morals similar to and many kids may recognize underlying themes from Western children's literature. The appeal of the collection is its variety of tales, ranging from stories that are similar to well known . For example, one story in the collection titled "The Prince's Bride" is comparable to "Beauty and the Beast". Other stories are very different, like "The Battle of Sea and Sky", a short tale about the creation of the Philippine Islands.
Some Filipino folk tales portray Bungisngis as a dumb giant far less threatening than their Greek/Roman counterparts. But since Philippine mythology is based more on oral traditions than an organized pantheon, Bungisngis was lost to a variety of interpretations.