Filipino Story in English and Filipino
The Legend of the Sky
When the earth was new, the sky was so low that people could hang things on it. They hung their combs, necklaces, cooking pots, dippers, and other tools on it.
One day, a woman was cooking supper for her husband. He would soon return home from the fields. She cooked while her child lay in a hammock, which was hanging from the sky. While she was pounding some rice, the child began to cry. She tried to hurry her pounding, but the low-lying sky got in the way of her pestle and slowed down her work. In her irritation, she cried out, "I wish the sky were not so low so I could finish my pounding." They words were hardly out of her mouth when, with a great rushing sound, the sky began to rise. All the things hanging from the sky went up, too. Along with the pot and the fire went the baby in the hammock.
From then on, the sky has remained very high. The pot and the fire became the sun, the comb became the moon, and " the man in the moon" is actually the woman's baby lying in its hammock. The necklace became the stars, and the dippers became what we know as the Big Dipper and the Small Dipper.
Idi un-unana nga aldaw, nababa pay idi ti langit ket dagiti tattao maisab-it da ti sagaysay, kuentas, tako ken dadduma pay nga alikamen.
Maysa nga aldaw, nangrugi nga agluto ti pangrabii ti maysa a babai sakbay a sumangpet ti asawa na nga aggapu idiay taltalon. Adda met ti anak na iti indayon a sibibitin diay langit. Kabayatan ti panagbayo na, isu met ti panagsangit ti anak na. Dinardaras na ti nagbayo ngem gapu ta nababa unay ti langit ken matukno ti al-o daytoy, saan na a mapardasan ti agbayo. Iti pungtot na, nakasangit a nagkuna, " No saan koma unay a nababa iti langit, naileppas ko koman toy panagbayok!" Saan na pay la a nalpas ti nagsao idi adda napigsa nga ungor ket nagpangato metten ti langit, nairaman amin dagiti naibitin sadiay, pati diay ubing ti indayon, ti banga ken ti apoy.
Manipud idin nakangat-ngaton ti langit. Daydi banga ken apoy nagbalin nga init, ti sagaysay nagbalin a bulan. Adda sinantao iti bulan ta isu daydi ubing nga adda iti indayon. Nagbalin a bitbituen daydi kuentas. Daydi tako isu metten ti ammo tayo ita a "Big Dipper" ken "Small Dipper"
1. Do you think this story is true (fact) or not true (fiction)? Tell the class why you chose your answer.
2. Write a paragraph describing how you think the women felt after the sky rose, taking her baby and the other things that were hanging from it.