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Crocodiles were believed to cry, thus luring their sympathetic and stupid victims to their end. Unfortunately, all things, both bad and good, come to an end. All these make for elements of a good short story, and if one needs more crocodile material, a lot can be found in travel accounts of the Philippines all the way down to the 16th century. Then as now, captured crocodiles are slit open, and their bellies emptied of the remains of its meals.
Lolong was said to have eaten a missing Agusan farmer and a year-old girl whose head was found in the area. Domingo Fernandez Navarette was a Dominican missionary and archbishop who was in the Philippines from to and taught in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.
He left us with notes on his travels, including a few that concern crocodiles like this tragic tale from Lake Naujan:. Some natives were celebrating a marriage feast and when the guests were about to partake of the repast, the bride took it into her head to wash her feet, as the people are wont to do every hour of the day. As usual, a portion of the house was built over the river. While she was washing her feet, a crocodile attacked her and grabbed her.
On hearing her cries for help, the guests saw the unfortunate woman securely held in the powerful jaws of the saurian and the brute was proceeding to take her away.
He overtook it, fought it, recovered his wife, and returned in triumph with his precious prize in his arms, but her life had already been snuffed out.
The widower was sorrow-smitten and wept bitterly, and the marriage feast thus wound up in tears. Then there was the story of Fr. Luis Gutierrez killed by a crocodile in Cagayan:. At the landing place a crocodile was furiously scurrying hither and thither. The natives manning the canoe got excited and made an effort to scare it away with their oars and by shouts; but all without any avail for with two wild blows of its powerful tail, the saurian overturned the canoe and all the occupants were spilled into the water.
Not being handicapped by an excess of clothing, the natives had no difficulty in reaching the shore, but the unfortunate missionary, not knowing how to swim and being prevented from exerting himself on account of his robe and other wearing apparel, was caught by the ferocious and bloodthirsty saurian; the beast wreaked its fury on him and devoured him.
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Luha ng Buwaya
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‘Luha ng buwaya’
It consists of 53 chapters. The story is about poor farmers uniting against the greedy desires of the prominent family of the Grandes. In Filipino idioms , "crocodiles" were used to symbolize those people who are corrupt. The " buwaya " crocodile in the title refers to the Grandes family, who were greedy for money. Luha ng Buwaya , together with Hernandez's other novel Mga Ibong Mandaragit , was based on his personal experiences while imprisoned in the New Bilibid Prison from until his release on parole in The novel was about peasants from a barrio and their leader, in the person of a school teacher, fighting against oppression and greed. Through their action, the people find renewed belief in their capabilities.