Once, the Sun and the
Moon were married. They shared a home in the sky.
When the Moon left to collect vegetables from the jungle, she asked the Sun to guard their sleeping children. She also warned him to stay a safe distance away from the babies, since his heat would burn them.
The Sun kept close watch over the children. But he was overcome with affection for them, and wanted to kiss them goodnight. He forgot the Moon’s warning, leaned over the babies, and they melted beneath him.
Horrified at his foolishness and afraid of his wife’s rage, the Sun hid. The Moon came back to an empty sky house, and discovered what happened. After some time, the Sun returned, and he and the Moon had a terrible fight. The Sun threw the jungle vegetables at the Moon’s face, and that was the final straw. The Moon abandoned the Sun for good.
This is why, on a full night, you can see the marks left by the Sun against the Moon’s face. The lost children have become stars. And the Sun constantly chases the Moon, trying to win back her affections.
Food for thought: This Filipino folktale not only gives an origin story to the stars, but also circles themes of family and responsibility, important elements to tribal cultures and equally important in modern life.
Our actions, or failure to act, can have lasting impact on our environment and the people around us. However, we can also find beauty in every tragedy, and no matter what happens in life, we see that there is perpetual hope for redemption.