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The lonely mermaid of Atimonan




There she is, looking forlornly at the road, sitting atop a rock for decades on end and waiting. Waiting. Waiting for whom? For what?




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The lonely mermaid of Atimonan has always been there

The lonely mermaid of Atimonan has always been there

The mermaid of Atimonan.

There she is, looking forlornly at the road, sitting atop a rock for decades on end and waiting. Waiting. Waiting for whom? For what? Her blue tail of a fish curved and draped over a portion of the rock. Her right hand propping up her body, her left almost pat down on her scales. At first glance, it seems her body is bigger than her head.

Ever since I’ve been traveling in the 1990s along the national highway in this part of Quezon province, I’ve always looked out the window and waited to see this mermaid monument as the bus pass by. Some say that the people of Atimonan believe in sirenas (mermaids) and that they frequent this spot thus, they erected a monument in its honor. But true or not, the lonely mermaid of Quezon will continue to look out forlornly, with her back facing Alabat Island.

But because of her build, a friend from Gumaca nicknamed her Chyna, the lady wrestler.

The mermaid of Atimonan is less than a hundred meters from the Atimonan port, in Barangay Angeles, and its possible to walk up the monument via a worn down cement step from the road.

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Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.
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2 Comments on The lonely mermaid of Atimonan

  1. Nice article Tan! And a nice shot too! To think this was at twilight. Pero mas inaabangan ko yung isa pang Atimonan attraction. And it’s good to note she is sexier before the “lightning” (daw) struck her. Hehe. Long live Chyna!

  2. estancabigas // December 7, 2012 at 13:20 //

    thnx Jan! later na yung isa, sa simbahan.net yun 😉

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