Today’s podcast story is called “The Story of Our Fingers”, obtained from the book Philippine Popular Tales by Dean S. Fansler, and read by Mir D. Lucas.
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Prepared by Kristine Anne P. Valdellon, Mir D. Lucas, and Jez Keanu J. Ambrocio.
A. Discussion Questions
It is universally accepted that stealing is wrong. But could you imagine another situation in which Mr. Thumb’s proposal to steal in order to save lives can be justified? Briefly describe this situation. What would you do in this situation?
B. Class Activity
Draw your hand on any medium: a paper or a computer. On this page, write your name and draw yourself on the palm of the hand. On each of your finger, write or draw a symbol that would answer the questions that follow:
- On the Little Finger (since he was the one who was hungry) - What is one thing you hunger for? This may or may not always be physical hunger.
- On the Ring Finger (since he was also hungry, but tried to question as to how they would get the food) - What is one question you have about life?
- On the Middle Finger (since he was the hopeful one) - What is one thing that you hope for?
- On the Forefinger (since he was the one who was worrisome) - What is one thing you worry or are concerned about?
- On the Thumb (since he was the one who made a mistake) - what is a fault or mistake you made in the past that you deeply regret? What is a resolution you can make so that you will not make the same mistake in the future?
Source: Dean S. Fansler, Filipino Popular Tales. Lancaster, PA. and New York: American Folklore Society and G. E. Stechert and Co., 1921. Available from Project Gutenberg.
Current Stories in the Series
The Monkey and The Turtle
Sun and Moon
The Story of Our Fingers
Why the Cow’s Skin is Loose on the Neck
The Lost Necklace
The Light of the Fly
The Snail and the Deer
Ang Pagong at ang Matsing
Ang mga Paglalakbay ni Juan
Ang Pinagmulan ng Daigdig (Si Malakas at si Maganda)
Ang Unang Unggoy
Ang Alamat ng Palay
Ang Pinagmulan ng Lamok
Kung Paano Yumaman si Jackyo
Ang Gamugamo at ang Liwanag
Ang Anting-anting ni Manuelito
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