The image of Jesus as a child was brought to Philippine shores by Spanish colonizers. But long before they arrived, the Animist people of the islands already have a similar icon rooted in paganism.
Long before Christianity was brought to the Philippines by colonizers, the natives have their own polytheistic beliefs officiated by the Babaylan. But overtime, they went from healers to hell-sent.
There is a popular Visayan folklore about a mystical lady sailing from the mountains down to the lowlands aboard a ship of gold, seeking passengers to ferry to the next world.
Maria Sinukuan is said to be the enchanted lady residing in Mount Arayat in Pampanga. Her tale is about the abuse of kindness and its consequences. But her mythological origins changed drastically.
The mountain goddesses of Philippine Folklore and Myth all share similar legends. Are these so-called fairies of the forests related--perhaps probably the same deity that goes by different names?