10 Tips to Easily Understand Philippine Literature

Literature basicacally refers to a written works like poetry, drama, and the like that possess artistic value. Its four literary forms are the essay, short story, drama, and poetry.
The Philippine Literature developed through oral tradition, that is, through narration (narrative and poetic). Legends, poems, epic, songs, riddles, and proverbs were passed from generation to generation through a form of incantations in the various dialects or mother tongues and also through oral recitations by ancient Filipinos.



An article contributed by SARAH JANE DE MESA  from New Era University, Quezon City. (You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to

I FEEL LIKE posting. This is another of my "love-related blogs" and to clear up further  misunderstandings, I am NOT and ABSOLUTELY NOT in love.

Well in the process maybe. I am merely influenced by the materials I have been reading and watching. I just wanted to blog about it. You know the feeling after you watch or read a love-related piece you are at times left wondering about stuff like "What is love?" or "Would it really hurt so much?" or "How much do we have to give just to get what we deserve?" And so I came to love.


'Footprint': A blog on 'keeping a blog'


The prolific blogger, MIA SARAH T. PERIDO, is a nurse in a hospital in Cavite, Philippines. (You, too, can have your articles published here. Send them through e-mail to

I HAVE THIS HABIT of searching random blogs online. As I type this, I am scanning the blogs of some models and musicians. The entries are filled with huge pictures. They speak about themselves. They show off the things they have bought; dresses, makeup, perfume. They are stunning on every shot: attractive, smiling. They portray the finer things in life ...


Kagandahang Asal Sa Kabataan: Isang Tula ni Senna Micah L. Mañebog

Kagandahang Asal Sa Kabataan

Writing, Writer, Notes, Pen, Notebook, Book, GirlAng paggalang at pagiging masunurin,
Minimithi na karamihan sa atin.
Respetong laan sa pamilya at kapwa,
Inaasahan lalo na sa mga bata.
Natututuhan mula sa pagkabata
At binabaon hanggang sa’ting pagtanda.
Hinding hindi natin dapat malimutan


The Kojiki Creation Story: An Interpretation

The Kojiki Creation Story: An Interpretation
The Kojiki creation story has been translated in various languages and variedly in the English language. (Related: What is the Kojiki (and its Difference from Nihongi)
The following simplified translation is taken from the online site called Japanese Classroom Resources Page (“Creation of Japan: Myth,” n.d.):
“Once upon a time, when the world was still young, floating like oil, two gods, Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto were commanded by the primal gods to make the land and fix it in place. The two stood on the Floating Bridge of Heaven and thrust the Heavenly Jewelled spear into the sea.
"The brine that dripped from the spear became an island where the two performed a marriage rite around a pillar. Izanami gave birth to the islands of Japan and their deities, the gods of the sea, river, mountain, field, tree, stone, fire and many others. But in giving birth to the fire god, she was burned and died. Izanagi followed Izanami to Yomi no Kuni (the Land of Dead) to urge her to return.
"She agreed to consult with the gods of Yomi, but warned him not to look at her. Impatient for Izanami's return, he entered the palace of the gods of Yomi, only to find her corpse horribly transformed. He fled, pursued by the shamed Izanami, and escaped by blocking the exit of Yomi with a large boulder. He then went to the river to purify himself by bathing (misogi).
"From his left eye when he cleansed it was born Amaterasu Omikami (Goddess of the Sun); Tsukushi no Mikoto (God of the Moon) was born from his right eye, and Susanoo no Mikoto (God of Storms) was born from his nose.
"Izanagi charged Amaterasu with the rule of the High Plain of Heaven, Tsukushi no Mikoto with the Realm of Night, and Susanoo no Mikoto with the Plain of the Seas. Thus was born Japan and its surrounding world.”



Just looking at him with his cool antics,
Explains why we both clicked.
No, he definitely is not that perfect,
Sometimes his demeanor makes me fret.
Even so, I feel truly blessed, for
No man except him made me feel I am the best.


Jose Rizal’s Essays and Articles

Jose Rizal’s Essays and Articles

THE NATIONAL HERO Dr. Jose Rizal composed several brilliant writings in his lifetime. These writings awakened the Filipino patriotism and paved the way for Philippine Revolution. Moreover, his writings were living proofs that “The pen is mightier than the sword.” The following are some of his timeless articles:

Refer these to your siblings/children/younger friends:

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Articles in Diariong Tagalog

“El Amor Patrio” (The Love of Country)

This was the first article Rizal wrote in the Spanish soil. Written in the summer of 1882, it was published in Diariong Tagalog in August. He used the pen name “Laong Laan” (ever prepared) as a byline for this article and he sent it to Marcelo H. Del Pilar for Tagalog translation.

Written during the Spanish colonization and reign over the Philippine islands, the article aimed to establish nationalism and patriotism among the natives. Rizal extended his call for the love of country to his fellow compatriots in Spain, for he believed that nationalism should be exercised anywhere a person is. 


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THE FOLLOWING ARE E-BOOKS written in partnership with In the spirit of compassion and sympathy, 50% of the proceeds of these E-BOOKS' SALES will be donated to the Super Typhoon Haiyan ('YOLANDA') VICTIMS.
          This is our LITTLE way of giving SUPPORT to the FILIPINOS badly affected by the TRAGEDY.
          Click the title or the corresponding book cover image to know more about them, especially about how to get a copy of them online.
Language: English. Category: Philosophy/Ethics/Sociology

The lectures do not only present in non-technical manner the ethical theories of the leading philosophers from Socrates to John Stuart Mill but also critically evaluate them. A handbook/textbook, it also aims to help the readers develop a conscious ethical sense and become critical in choosing a moral system to live by. Written in partnership with, the book is very educational.


The Noli Me Tangere

© 2013 by Jensen DG. Mañebog

COMPRISING 63 CHAPTERS and an epilogue, Jose Rizal’s first novel ‘Noli Me Tangere’ exposes the abuses and inequities of many Spanish Catholic friars and government officials during his time.

Rizal was a student of medicine in the Universidad Central de Madrid when he started writing it and was 26 years old at its publication.

The author fittingly dedicated the novel to the country of his people whose miseries and sorrows he brought to light in an attempt to awaken them to the truths concerning the ills of their society. Paradoxically though, the novel was originally written in Spanish, the language of the colonizers and the educated at that time.

Published in early 1887 in Europe, the novel is now commonly called by its shortened name ‘Noli’; its English translation is usually titled ‘Touch Me not’ and ‘The Social Cancer’. The Latin title which means ‘Touch me not’ was taken from Christ’s words. In a letter to Felix Hidalgo, Rizal however made a mistake in attributing the quotation to the Gospel of Luke, for it was in fact recorded in John 20:17: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.”


Informal Fallacies: Sample Exam

Informal Fallacies: Sample Exam
This e-learning activity has two (2) parts--to be submitted to your Logic Professor:
I. Identify the informal fallacy or fallacies committed by each of the arguments below. (If you don't know the name of the fallacy, you may refer to the book "LOGIC: A Foundation of Critical Thinking," pages 171-181.)
          Choose only 10 items to answer. Write your answer in the comment section below ("add a comment"). 'Print Screen' or 'Screen shot' your published answer, print it, and submit to your Logic/Debate Professor.
II. Take the fun e-learning quiz game in this link (below the video) Truth, Validity, and Soundness.
Note: After taking the fun quiz, 'print Screen' or 'Screen shot' your quiz score, print it, and submit to your Logic/Debate Professor.
          Have Fun!

For Part I
1. A reckless motorist Thursday struck and injured a student who was jogging through the campus in his pickup truck. Therefore, it is unsafe to jog in your pickup truck.

2. Whenever I wash my car, it rains. I have discovered a way to end droughts- get all the people to wash their cars.

3. "Why do white sheep eat more than black ones?" The answer, "Because there are more of them."

4. This country has been run too long by old, out-of-date, out-of-touch, entrenched politicians protecting the special interests that got them elected.



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