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This story is suitable for children age 6 to 8 approx.
The Three Friends.The Monkey, the Dog, and the Carabao
From Filipino Popular Tales by Dean S. Fansler
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Once there lived three friends,--a monkey, a dog, and a carabao. They
were getting tired of city life, so they decided to go to the
country to hunt. They took along with them rice, meat, and some
The first day the carabao was left at home to cook the food,
so that his two companions might have something to eat when they
returned from the hunt. After the monkey and the dog had departed,
the carabao began to fry the meat. Unfortunately the noise of the
frying was heard by the Bu˝gis˝gis in the forest. Seeing this chance
to fill his stomach, the Bu˝gis˝gis went up to the carabao, and said,
"Well, friend, I see that you have prepared food for me."
For an answer, the carabao made a furious attack on him. The Bu˝gis˝gis
was angered by the carabao's lack of hospitality, and, seizing him
by the horn, threw him knee-deep into the earth. Then the Bu˝gis˝gis
ate up all the food and disappeared.
When the monkey and the dog came home, they saw that everything was
in disorder, and found their friend sunk knee-deep in the ground. The
carabao informed them that a big strong man had come and beaten him
in a fight. The three then cooked their food. The Bu˝gis˝gis saw
them cooking, but he did not dare attack all three of them at once,
for in union there is strength.
The next day the dog was left behind as cook. As soon as the food
was ready, the Bu˝gis˝gis came and spoke to him in the same way he
had spoken to the carabao. The dog began to snarl; and the Bu˝gis˝gis,
taking offence, threw him down. The dog could not cry to his companions
for help; for, if he did, the Bu˝gis˝gis would certainly kill him. So
he retired to a corner of the room and watched his unwelcome guest
eat all of the food. Soon after the Bu˝gis˝gis's departure, the monkey
and the carabao returned. They were angry to learn that the Bu˝gis˝gis
had been there again.
The next day the monkey was cook; but, before cooking, he made a
pitfall in front of the stove. After putting away enough food for
his companions and himself, he put the rice on the stove. When the
Bu˝gis˝gis came, the monkey said very politely, "Sir, you have come
just in time. The food is ready, and I hope you'll compliment me by
The Bu˝gis˝gis gladly accepted the offer, and, after sitting down in
a chair, began to devour the food. The monkey took hold of a leg of
the chair, gave a jerk, and sent his guest tumbling into the pit. He
then filled the pit with earth, so that the Bu˝gis˝gis was buried
with no solemnity.
When the monkey's companions arrived, they asked about the
Bu˝gis˝gis. At first the monkey was not inclined to tell them what had
happened; but, on being urged and urged by them, he finally said that
the Bu˝gis˝gis was buried "there in front of the stove." His foolish
companions, curious, began to dig up the grave. Unfortunately the
Bu˝gis˝gis was still alive. He jumped out, and killed the dog and
lamed the carabao; but the monkey climbed up a tree, and so escaped.
One day while the monkey was wandering in the forest, he saw a beehive
on top of a vine.
"Now I'll certainly kill you," said some one coming towards the monkey.
Turning around, the monkey saw the Bu˝gis˝gis. "Spare me," he said,
"and I will give up my place to you. The king has appointed me to
ring each hour of the day that bell up there," pointing to the top
of the vine.
"All right! I accept the position," said the Bu˝gis˝gis. "Stay
here while I find out what time it is," said the monkey. The monkey
had been gone a long time, and the Bu˝gis˝gis, becoming impatient,
pulled the vine. The bees immediately buzzed about him, and punished
him for his curiosity.
Maddened with pain, the Bu˝gis˝gis went in search of the monkey,
and found him playing with a boa-constrictor. "You villain! I'll not
hear any excuses from you. You shall certainly die," he said.
"Don't kill me, and I will give you this belt which the king has
given me," pleaded the monkey.
Now, the Bu˝gis˝gis was pleased with the beautiful colors of the belt,
and wanted to possess it: so he said to the monkey, "Put the belt
around me, then, and we shall be friends."
The monkey placed the boa-constrictor around the body of the
Bu˝gis˝gis. Then he pinched the boa, which soon made an end of