Over at Kuro5hin there's a story about Filipino folklore. I remember a creative writing class I was taking in high school where the assignment was to write something based on the stories of one's own culture. I went home and asked my mother about what kinds of fairy stories she remembered, and she could only give me something vague about little people (were these the dwende maybe?) which I did not have the wit to work into the homework. This was back in the 1970s before cultural identity was quite so big a thing, and Filipino writers were still stealthily unknown.
Check out the racist comment attached to the article too. Whoa, there.