For hundred of years,progress in the search for a much better life has been slow. The world we live in now was then dominated by a vast number of customs, beliefs, and traditions that held back scientific progress for centuries.
Take the early Greeks for example. They were more into supernatural powers, mythology, and reliance on the changes and movements of heavenly
Even the Philippines has its own my myths and legends, too. One popular myth is the "Luzon Flood Story" which narrates that the great flood occured because of the abduction of Humitan, a sea maiden guard Tau-mariu, by Aponi-tulau, the lord of the sea. Also, another legend depicts two huge beings, Angalo and Angarab, who were so big that when they walked and shouted to each other, they shocked the regions where they were at the time, breaking the land into parts and bringing about the reasons why the Philippines has many islands.
Finally some enlightened people started asking questions about the hows and whys of many things. This inquiry was the beginning of a process that we call scientific method of asking questions and arriving at answers.