Mangita and Larina (Philippines)

We start off with some exciting news about the future, then we jump into a Patron-only preview of a folktale from the Philippines. It is a story of kindness vs. cruelty and how one always wins over the other… even if it takes some time.

Welcome back to the Legends Myths and Whiskey Podcast, I’m your storyteller, Tanner, and I’ve got some exciting news before we get started today.

After a couple weeks of discussion with Acadia Recording Company here in Portland, Maine, I’m happy today that we’ll be joining forces with their talented brood at the start of the Argonauts series. We will finally have the studio quality sound these stories deserve and I couldn’t be more pumped about it.

This is a big investment for me personally. Since the the work we – that is, Sayt Productions – since the work we do producing other podcasts combined with the patron support we get from this show just netted us a $17 a month profit as of last month, I’m ready to put more of my own money into this grand scheme of ours. Which, if you’re unfamiliar with it, is to one day become an animation studio that can bring these stories to life in beatiful, full-length, feature animations. We’ve got high hopes over here.

I don’t want to talk your ear off about it but the people who support this show with $3 a month are partly responsible for this so if you’re wanting to see us succeed and achieve our lofty goal, know that your $3 a month might seem like change-in-your-cars-cupholder money to you, it actually does make an impact and you actually do control the success of this show with your decision to support it.

This episode, since we won’t be starting in the new studio until March 31st, was intially going to be for Patrons only. But I thought it might be a good idea, since we’ll really be working to grow our paid subscriber base over the next couple of months, to let you hear something you ordinarily wouldn’t get as a free subscriber. This episode and next week’s episode will both be Patron only. You’ll get to hear this one, but next week you’ll be going without.

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Alright, there’s the pitch. I know you came here for a story and not a commercial but we count on you to help us reach our goals so you’ll have to forgive us the ocassional long winded plug.

This week’s episode features a Whisky from BeamSuntory, graciously donated for review I should add, and a story from the Philippines. I figured we’d throw in a couple of random stories this week and next before we start the Argonaut series at Acadia Recording Company.

Please enjoy….

The Story

This is a tale told in the lake district of Luzon. At times of rain or in winter the waters of the Laguna de Bai rise and detach from the banks a peculiar vegetation that resembles lettuce. These plants, which float for months down the Pasig River, gave rise, no doubt, to the story.

Many years ago there lived on the banks of the Laguna de Bai a poor fisherman whose wife had died, leaving him two beautiful daughters named Mangita and Larina.

Mangita had hair as black as night and a dark skin. She was as good as she was beautiful, and was loved by all for her kindness. She helped her father mend the nets and make the torches to fish with at night, and her bright smile lit up the little nipa house like a ray of sunshine.

Larina was fair and had long golden hair of which she was very proud. She was different from her sister, and never helped with the work, but spent the day combing her hair and catching butterflies. She would catch a pretty butterfly, cruelly stick a pin through it, and fasten it in her hair. Then she would go down to the lake to see her reflection in the clear water, and would laugh to see the poor butterfly struggling in pain. The people disliked her for her cruelty, but they loved Mangita very much. This made Larina jealous, and the more Mangita was loved, the more her sister thought evil of her.

One day a poor old woman came to the nipa house and begged for a little rice to put in her bowl. Mangita was mending a net and Larina was combing her hair in the doorway. When Larina saw the old woman she spoke mockingly to her and gave her a push that made her fall and cut her head on a sharp rock; but Mangita sprang to help her, washed the blood away from her head, and filled her bowl with rice from the jar in the kitchen.

The poor woman thanked her and promised never to forget her kindness, but to her sister she spoke not a word. Larina did not care, however, but laughed at her and mocked her as she painfully made her way again down the road. When she had gone Mangita took Larina to task for her cruel treatment of a stranger; but, instead of doing any good, it only caused Larina to hate her sister all the more.

Some time afterwards the poor fisherman died. He had gone to the big city down the river to sell his fish, and had been attacked with a terrible sickness that was raging there.

The girls were now alone in the world.

Mangita carved pretty shells and earned enough to buy food, but, though she begged Larina to try to help, her sister would only idle away the time.

The terrible sickness now swept everywhere and poor Mangita, too, fell ill. She asked Larina to nurse her, but the latter was jealous of her and would do nothing to ease her pain. Mangita grew worse and worse, but finally, when it seemed as if she would soon die, the door opened and the old woman to whom she had been so kind came into the room. She had a bag of seeds in her hand, and taking one she gave it to Mangita, who soon showed signs of being better, but was so weak that she could not give thanks.

The old woman then gave the bag to Larina and told her to give a seed to her sister every hour until she returned. She then went away and left the girls alone.

Larina watched her sister, but did not give her a single seed. Instead, she hid them in her own long hair and paid no attention to Mangita’s moans of pain. The poor girl’s cries grew weaker and weaker, but not a seed would her cruel sister give her. In fact, Larina was so jealous that she wished her sister to die.

When at last the old woman returned, poor Mangita was at the point of death. The visitor bent over the sick girl and then asked her sister if she had given Mangita the seeds. Larina showed her the empty bag and said she had given them as directed. The old woman searched the house, but of course could not find the seeds. She then asked Larina again if she had given them to Mangita. Again the cruel girl said that she had done so.

Suddenly the room was filled with a blinding light, and when Larina could see once more, in place of the old woman stood a beautiful fairy holding the now well Mangita in her arms.

She pointed to Larina and said, “I am the poor woman who asked for rice. I wished to know your hearts. You were cruel and Mangita was kind, so she shall live with me in my island home in the lake. As for you, because you tried to do evil to your good sister, you shall sit at the bottom of the lake forever, combing out the seeds you have hidden in your hair.” Then, she clapped her hands and a number of elves appeared and carried the struggling Larina away.

“Come,” said the fairy to Mangita, and she carried her to her beautiful home, where she lives in peace and happiness.

As for Larina, she sits at the bottom of the lake and combs her hair. As she combs a seed out, another comes in, and every seed that is combed out becomes a green plant that floats out of the lake and down the Pasig.

And to this day people can see them, and know that Larina is being punished for her wickedness.

Whiskey Review

In the past I have shyed away from well known or mainstream labels because no one needs to hear a review of Makers Mark or Jack Daniels, these are whiskies that you can be sure most everyone has had and these aren’t the types of whiskies that those looking to refine their pallates are looking to hear more about. However, perhaps that’s a bit arrogant of me, at least in the case of Jim Beam’s Black Extra-Aged.

I’m well-acquainted with Jim Beam’s standard White Label – it is a drink best enjoyed as a mixer and not on its own. Black Extra-Aged however, took me by surprise.

The nose carries strong notes of toffee and tobacco with every so slight hints of maraccino cherries.

The Palate is full of oak and smooth caramel, but it’s kind of pedestrian. The Oak really takes center stage and the experience is a lot thinner than the nose would lead you to expect.

The finish is smokey, oaky, nice. Nothing spectacular but nothing terrible; the tabacco comes back strong right at the end.

Ordinarily, like I said, I would not recommend a While Label Jim Beam, but Black Extra-Aged has something going for it and I believe it would pair phenomenally well with a Sindicato Maduro cigar or one with a similar bold flavor profile.

The price is also out of this world, I think, for the quality. This isn’t a $70 bottle of bourbon, and it could never be, but it could be a $40 bottle of bourbon easily. Instead, you can pick up a bottle of Jim Beam Black Extra-Aged for less than $25.

More than I expected from Jim Beam and I think, if you’re going to inclue Beam in your home bar, the best choice you could make would be a bottle of Black Extra-Aged. I give it a 75/100.

Thanks for listening

I everybody enjoyed that story, I thought it was a pretty neat one. I liked how they tied in the beginning by mentioning the grass again which I had entirely forgotten about by the end! Hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget next week is a Patron-only episode and the week following will be the start of our Argonauts series which is going to be really awesome and is going to sound really fantastic thanks to the folks at the Acadia Recording Company in Portland, Maine.

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Thanks again for listening, have a great week. Take care.

Show notes and links

Read from – Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller (1904)
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