Blog #4

The Legend of the Firefly starts with a lake in the valley of Pinak in Central Luzon, that dried up. This lake was the main source of food and water for the people who lived there so they prayed to Bathala for the lake to be restored. Their prayer were soon answered and the Bathala sent Bulan-hari and his wife to restore the lake, and the land was ruled by them. Soon, Bulan-hari and his wife had a beautiful daughter who had a bright star on her forehead. And because she wasn’t human, she could never love. One day, an old woman appeared and told Bulan-hari that warriors were coming to destroy the land and the fate of the land was in the hands of their daughter who would need to marry to save her people. Bulan-hari begged his daughter to choose a man but she wouldn’t stir, for she didn’t understand. Bulan-hari angrily drew his sword and hit the star on the girl’s forehead. The star burst into small pieces and lit the palace. The princess died and soon the warriors had come. They killed the people and caused destruction. But the light from the star reappeared through the fireflies that lasts forever.

I really enjoyed reading this story/legend because I found it very interesting. I liked the word choice that the author used and the imagery that was described. I especially enjoyed when they were describing the girl. The author painted the image of her in my mind very well. There wasn’t much syntax, but the word choice fit with the theme of this story very well. I think the main idea is just to show the legend of where fireflies came from. Plus, it’s very entertaining and a great legend to pass onto other generations. I’d also like to point out how this story takes place in the Philippines and on one of the islands there, which I think is an important part of where this legend comes from.

The Heartbreaking Story of ALITAPTAP: A Bataan Legend

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Post #3: News Article

The article I chose is called ‘Philippines to temporary close popular tourist island Boracay’ from BBC. It reports that the beaches of the island have been trashed with garbage and sewage and the Philippines government decided to shut down the island to clean it up. The Boracay Island is one of the more tourist-y areas in the Philippines and is widely known for its white sand beaches. Last year, it reportedly attracted nearly 2 million tourists. As you can see, with the white beaches becoming not-so white, this can cause a bit of a problem.

The Philippines government has decided to shut the island down in phases rather than all at once. In many ways it can be a better solution for the island and for the people. There are around 500 businesses on the island that attract tourists, and the shut down could affect them negatively. However, their government is stepping in and “the affected companies will receive financial aid”. This is an issue that would affect the people of Boracay way more than us, but if you’re planning on a trip to the Philippines you might want to look elsewhere for white beaches.

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Post #2 Background Information

The population of The Philippines is 104 million people. The most populated city in the Philippines with 25.5 million is the Greater Manila around the metropolitan area. The capitol is Cebu City in Cebu which is also heavily populated. The majority of people speak Filipino and/or English, and the major religion is Christianity. Some other facts are that their currency is Philippine peso, and their life expectancy is 66 years (males) and 73 years (females). Other important dates for the Philippines are:

1542- the islands are claimed and named the Philippines (after their Spanish heir to the thrown).

1946- the Philippines is granted full independence and renamed Republic of the Philippines.

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Blog #1: Introduction

I chose the Philippines as my country. I selected it because I know a few people who have visited there and served LDS missions there and I was curious to learn more about it. I want to discover what daily life is like there and more about what different places are like there. A few questions I have about this country include: What would life look like for me if I lived there? What are some issues that they often have to face? How does education and marriage work there? I’m looking forward to discovering The Philippines and sharing it.

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