[Note to the reader/researcher: Although the title may sound wider in context, this paper was classified under “San Jose, Province of Batangas, Luzon.” There is every likelihood that the author himself was from the town of San Jose in Batangas and collected information within his home province.
TAGALOG STORIES, PROVERBS, AND GAMES
Jose de Villa
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1. TAGALOG: San Jose, Province of Batangas, Luzon.
2. Social Customs: Amusements: Games: Folklore: Myths: Proverbs.
Jose de Villa.
1. Deep water flows slowly.
2. He spared a handful and lost a pound.
3. He who walks slowly will have his feet thrust with thorn but rarely.
4. If you spit upward, it will strike your face.
5. Before you look at the stain on the faces of others, first look on yours.
6. A sleeping shrimp is often carried by the stream.
7. Whisper is louder than shout.
8. He who has something hidden between the walls has something to look upon.
9. He can endure hunger longer who has nothing to eat.
10. You create a ghost and you are the first to be frightened.
11. The horse is fast when not in the race.
12. There is no stronger vine to a constant and strong hanger.
13. When there is happiness, sorrow will be sure to follow.
14. The earth has ears, and the news has wings.
15. That which you always utter is that which you have in your heart.
16. He strengthened his house after the storm.
Notes and references:
1 “Tagalog Stories, Proverbs, and Games,” by Jose de Villa, published 1915 and later compiled as part of the Henry Otley-Beyer Collection, online at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.