The book contains a wealthy collection of indigenous, Moro, and Visayan folktales, many of which are published in the book for the first time, the others from published sources but unknown to many Filipinos.
Included are folktales from the Bagobos of
Davao del Sur, Bilaans of South Cotabato, Bukidnons of Bukidnon Plateau, Mamanuas of Surigao del Norte, Manobos of west-central, northern, and eastern Mindanao, Subanuns of the Zamboanga Peninsula, Surigaonons and Kamayos of the two
Surigao provinces, Talaandigs of Eastern Bukidnon and Western Agusan.
Moro folktales come from the Iranuns of
Tucuran Bay and Punta Flecha, Kalagans of Davao del Sur, Kalibugans of
Zamboanga Peninsula, Maguindanaos of the Cotabato Provinces, Maranaos of
Lake Lanao, Samals including the
Jama Mapuns of Cagayan de Sulu, and Tausugs (also called Joloanos).
As there is a growing emphasis on familiarity with Philippine
cultures in schools in the country today, the collection will be useful not only to students and teachers in elementary and high schools but also in college. Its greater value lies in its attempt to address the yearning for new sources on
oral literature— specifically Moro and indigenous literature—in handy form, which are
inadequate, if not lacking, in books on folklore used in schools today.
—From the book's Introduction