Tales from the 7,000 Isles

Filipino Folk Stories

by Dianne de Las Casas and Zarah C. Gagatiga


The archipelago nation of the Philippines is comprised of more than 7,100 islands on which over 170 dialects are spoken. This is not surprising given the many ethnic groups that have settled in the Philippines, each bringing traditions that have been assimilated by the Filipino people. One way to understand this varied nation is through its colorful folklore.

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September 2011

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 165
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/Storytelling, Resources and Collections
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Celebrate the unique diversity and vibrancy of the Philippines through an in-depth exploration of the stories, traditions, songs, crafts, and recipes of the many different regions of the country.

Tales from the 7,000 Isles: Filipino Folk Stories offers insights into the people and culture of the Philippines through dozens of tales representing the nation's various islands, regions, and cultural-ethnic groups. Designed to provide educators with material with which to enhance curriculum and lesson plans, the stories open a gateway to a rich and unique cultural mix.

The tales presented here are divided into animal stories, how and why stories, tales of enchantment, trickster tales, and scary stories. In them readers can discern not only the native Filipino culture, but the influences of the many peoples who have moved through and settled in the islands, most notably Malay, Chinese, and Spanish, but also Arab, Indian, and American. A brief history of the country, its people, and their cultural traditions is included, as are crafts, children's games, recipes, and color photos. Notes about the stories, a bibliography, and a glossary complete the volume.


  • Traditional Filipino recipes, games, songs, and crafts indigenous to various regions of the islands
  • Dozens of color photographs depicting the land, people, and folk traditions of every region of the Philippines
  • A glossary of Filipino words
  • A bibliography of print and online resources


  • Provides an in-depth exploration of Filipino folk culture and stories
  • Offers a historical and cultural overview of the Philippines and its people, covering centuries of influence by the Spanish, Americans, Muslims, Chinese, and other Southeast Asian peoples
  • Offers a great storytime resource for librarians and storytellers
  • Fills a gap for folklorists and anthropologists
Author Info

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author and storyteller who tours internationally presenting programs, educator/librarian training, workshops, and artist residencies. Her ABC-CLIO titles include Tangram Tales: Story Theater using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle; Scared Silly: 25 Tales to Tickle and Thrill; Stories on Board!: Creating Board Games from Favorite Tales; and Tell Along Tales!: Playing with Participation Stories. Her children's books include such titles as The Cajun Cornbread Boy and There's a Dragon in the Library. Her website is

Zarah C. Gagatiga is a nationally-acclaimed storyteller, librarian, and writer in the Philippines. She travels to some of the most remote regions of the country collecting tales and instructing teachers and librarians in the art of storytelling. She serves as the president of the Philippine Board on Books for Young Children and is active in many literacy and education organizations and initiatives.


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