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Ang Alamat ng Mutya (The Legend of Mutya)

Mutya is a Filipino word that means jewel, gemstone or talisman in some dialects.   Back in the day, it was believed in the Philippines that the moon was a very precious mutya. It was believed that a lunar eclipse is the result of a mythical beast swallowing the moon. As a result, the people in the villages would chant ‘bhwa-bhwa’ and make a lot of noises to scare off the beast and to spit out the mutya.  

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