Antipolo, Lipa City, Batangas: Historical Data Part III - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore Antipolo, Lipa City, Batangas: Historical Data Part III - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Antipolo, Lipa City, Batangas: Historical Data Part III

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Historical data from the National Library of the Philippines.



[p. 11]

Since the blanket is short
Learn to accommodate yourself.

The man who does not conduct himself like a man
Is a beast among his fellow men.

A man who knows how to feel shame
Is certain to have some dignity.

A rolling stone
Gathers no moss.

If to be haughty is bad
To humiliate one’s self is worse.

I prefer to be killed by steel
But not by degrading calumny
Which will take from us
Not only life but also honor.

Never use your tongue
For words of arrogance,
Because promises unfulfilled
Only bring a greater shame.

Be careful of the quiet man
And do not worry about the talkative.

A stitch in time saves nine.

A sleeping shrimp is carried away by the current.

Shallow water makes much noise.

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.

Come while the afternoon is young.

If pride leads the van, beggary brings up the rear.

Time that is lost is never found again.

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

If you follow the river, you will get to the sea.

You will never miss the water will the well runs dry.

[p. 12]

Make hay while the sun shines.

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.

It is a long road that has no turning.

It is never too late to mend.

We do not see ourselves as others see us.

You must cut your coat according to your cloth.

Never spend your money until you have earned it.

All fortunes have their foundations laid in thrift.

He that hath found a faithful friend hath found a treasure.

Plow deep while others sleep.

It is easier to pull down than to build up.

What can’t be cured must be endured.

Fear is the greatest enemy of man.

Half of the world doesn’t know how the other half lives.

Some win by strength and some by art.

One is never so near to another as when he is forced to be separated.

He who searches for pearls must dive below.

Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise gain.

The child is the father of the man.

A person’s state of mind can be judged by the way he acts and walks.

It is a fact that good can be found in the worst of men.

The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.

[p. 13]

(A Folktale)

Once upon a time, in the barrio of Antipolo, lived a man named Pablong-Anting. He was called so because, through his anting-antings, he had so many interesting adventures.

Ablong-Anting fell in love with a young beautiful lady of the same barrio. During that time, it was the old custom to require the suitor to serve the parents during the courtship. One day, while he was in the house of his beloved, the father of the girl told him to cut some bamboos to be used for the construction of their proposed home. He obeyed what he was told without hesitation. He went to the bamboo grove to cut some bamboos. To the surprise of the girl’s father, he saw him cutting the bamboos as if he was cutting grasses. He found, too, that he had left long joints on the ground.

Pablo, he said, “Will you please cut the bamboos shorter on the ground?” Without a word but only nod, he sheathed his bolo and began to pull up the bamboos like grasses. After he had finished cleaning the branches, he went home to get a carabao to haul the bamboos. He tied the pieces by the hundreds and hitched the carabao to the yoke. Because it was too heavy, the carabao could not give a lift. Quick-tempered and powerful Ablong-Anting tied the four feet of the animal and loaded it on the raft. He pulled the raft by himself until it was brought to the girl’s house.

(A Folktale)

One day, a strange man came into the barrio. He became thirsty but could not find some water. Looking a little further, he saw a coconut grove. He went there to get some young coconuts to get water to quench his thirst, but he could not climb the tree. Instead, he took hold of the trunk to get the fruit. He opened the nuts by hammering them with his fists. When he was also told to gather some old coconuts for making copra, he just been the trunk of the trees to get nuts.

It was the old habit of the old folks to chew buyo. Even the young people today are showing this delicacy of buyo and betelnut, lime and tobacco. He was seen picking some betelnut to put in his buyo by bending the tree as he had done with the coconut tree.

[p. 14]

(A Filipino Folktale)

Once upon a time, there lived a farmer. Every year, when all his fields had been planted to rice, he took his carabao to the foot of a bamboo tree. There, every day, he fed the carabao with four bundles of grass and gave him four bucketful of water to drink.

One morning, the farmer thought: "I am wasting too much time in cutting grass and in carrying water for my carabao. Perhaps, i could teach my carabao not to eat and drink. That would save me from working so hard. Then, i would spend my time in the village drinking wine. What a wonderful thing that would be, a carabao that neither he nor drinks."

The following day, he began to teach the carabao the trick of neither eating nor drinking. Instead of the usual for bundles of grass, he fed the animal with only two. He also gave the carabao only two bucketful of water.

The carabao ate the grass quickly and drank up the water, and then he turned to his master for more. But the farmer shook his head and said: "That is enough for today, my friend. I am going to teach you a wonderful trick."

Next they, the man gave his carabao only one bundle of grass and half a bucketful of water. The carabao gobbled up the grass because he was very hungry, and he drank up the water swiftly because he was very thirsty. Then, he looked at his master to ask for more. But the farmer shook his head and said: "That is enough for today, sir! I am going to train you so that you will neither eat nor drink."

On the third day, the farmer gave his carabao only have a bundle of grass and half a bucketful of water. By this time, the carabao was very weak because of hunger and thirst. The water, he did not feel strong enough to look at his master. The man saw this and said: "My good carabao is about to learn the wonderful trick! I must be a very wise man, for i can teach an animal something that no one has ever taught before. I think that instead of being a farmer, i should be a teacher!"

On the fourth day, the farmer went to visit his carabao with a few of his friends. "I want to show you a wonderful thing," he said. "My carabao will soon learn neither to eat nor drink." They found the carabao lying on the ground, and he was so weak now that he did not even look at them to ask for grass and water. Then, the farmer shouted: "Hurrah! My carabao no longer cares for food and

[p. 15]

drink! He has learned the most wonderful trick in the whole world! How nice it will be in rice-planting time! My carabao will only work and work without eating or drinking!"

But when the foolish farmer and his friends returned to see the carabao on the following day, the poor animals lay dead under the bamboo tree. "What a foolish!" said the farmer. "Why" did he die just when he had learned not to eat or drink!


Notes and references:
Transcribed from “History and Cultural Life of the Barrio of Antipolo” 1953, online at the National Library of the Philippines Digital Collections.
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