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January 27, 2010
[AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE IN BOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY]AB ECONOMICS II |Society and Culture With Family Planning
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BICOL UNIVERSITY
College of Business Economics and Management 
D
araga, AlbayS.Y. 2009-2010
AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE INBOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY
Submitted by:
Turiano, Marie Sachie Mitsui Padillo Turiano
AB ECONOMICS IISubmitted to:
Prof. Glenton O. Guiriba
Soc. Sci. 4
 
January 27, 2010
[AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE IN BOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY]AB ECONOMICS II |Society and Culture With Family Planning
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ABSTRACT
Weather lore
is the body of informal folklore related to the prediction of the weather.Where ³
weather´ 
pertains to
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the
short term state of the atmosphere at a specific time andplace, including the temperature, humidity, cloud cover, precipitation, wind, etc; unpleasant or destructive atmospheric conditions, and its effects, or simply
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the state of the atmosphere withrespect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness. Weather lore
comes in many concepts of proof and varies with different countless groups of societiesand civilization. It basically reflects the culture of these groups and thus requires muchattention in order for man to connect to his history and environment.
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It has been a human desire for millennia to make accurate weather predictions. Oraland written history is full of rhymes, anecdotes, and adages meant to guide the uncertain indetermining whether the next day will bring fair or foul weather. For the farmer wanting toplant crops, for the merchant about to send ships on trade, foreknowledge of tomorrow'scircumstances might mean the difference between success and failure. Prior to theinvention of the mercury barometer, it was very difficult to gather numerical data of anypredictive value. Even though there were devices such as the weather stick which gavesome indication of moisture changes, the only instrument of any reliability was humanexperience.The study has limits itself to a particular community, where a group of residentsunder fifty and above years of age, with the capacity to rationally respond to the questionsand issues called by the study and have remained resident of the same community for thirtyyears were interviewed, to provide an inventory of this cultural practice; i.e. weather lore intheir community. The study centered the community of Bogtong, Legazpi City with threerespondents, namely Rosalio Nueles, Haide Lucena Abel and Cesar Imperial Jr.; aged 58,66, and 65 years old respectively.
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D
efinition of weather ~ http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Weather
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D
efinition of weather ~ http://www.4wx.com/glossary/w.php
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D
efinition of Weather lore ~http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_lore
 
January 27, 2010
[AN INVENTORY OF CULTURAL PRACTICE ON WEATHER LORE IN BOGTONG, LEGAZPI CITY]AB ECONOMICS II |Society and Culture With Family Planning
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The study provides the existing weather lore practices and beliefs in Bogtong,Legazpi City, the signs, manifestations and meanings, as well as the use of these practicesand beliefs as strategies in developing ecological awareness in the community.The study concludes that the existence of weather lore in the community of Bogtongresidents is rooted basically with the concept of self-preparedness to any weather phenomena and not the prevention of such weather states, making weather lore as usefulmarks to aid the people in coping up with ecological changes, specially with changesconcerning weather conditions.
THE PROFILE AND INTERVIEW WITH RESPONDENTS:
The respondents called for the study have remained residents of Bogtong, LegazpiCity for thirty years and are under the ages fifty and above years old and with the capacityto rationally respond to the questions and issues called by the study.The first respondent, Rosalio Nueles, male, 58 years old, born on September 4,1951 and presently working as a Barangay Tanod under the Disaster PreventionDepartment.Mr. Nueles stated that the existing weather lore present within their community, freshin his memory is those which concern the behavior of the animals and insects of the forestand woods. According to him, the successive emergence of snakes and undergroundanimals indicates the coming of a flood for the reason that these animals respond with their instinct of survival to the disturbance and dangers met by their ecosystem when naturalcalamities like floods are about to occur. Mr. Nueles also stated the presence of antsclimbing on walls or trees as marks of coming rains and floods, as these species arepreparing for the rainy days that will be coming soon. Finally, he also the behavior of fireflieswhen these insects enter homes of people, it suggests the coming of the rainy seasons.Knowing, these much weather lore, Mr. Nueles believes that, the communities¶ awarenesson this matter must be developed in order for them to be prepared for any natural calamitythat would be coming, more particularly, floods, which is the most common problem in their 

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