kayong mga tikbalang kayo. Ano't ako ay inyong ginagala?" (Translation:
"You no-good (!@#$%^&*) tikbalang what are you doing to us?")
dali! Baliktarin mo ang kameseta mo, bilisan mo." Lola utos me to take
my shirt off and put it back on inside-out. (A long-standing belief that
if someone is lost in the forest the tikbalang will show the right way
if the lost person wears his shirt inside-out).
Then Lola mellowed
down and talked to the tikbalang very calmly. "Look, whoever you are, my
apo and I will be working all day here so please show us the right way."
We walked again and on one turn we saw the big boulder, the gate, the kubo,
and Lolo already hawaning around the banana plants. "Ano bang tagal ninyong
dalawa ay ako'y hindi pa nag-aalmusal?" ("What took you so long?
You know I haven't eaten breakfast yet.")
I could have told
him the whole story, but I didn't because I knew that his reply would be
"Pulos kayo kalukuhan, araw't gabi eh narito ako eh walang nangyayari sa
akin." (That's crazy. I come here day and night and nothing has happened
The end of "Kwentong