Sunday, August 5, 2007

Getting Lost With Names - Mercedes

This topic started with this article

Two towns too are named Mercedes.

The first one is in the province of Camarines Norte (Region 5 – Bicol) and it is on the easternmost fringes directly facing the Pacific Ocean. This fishing village is touted to be the origin of those “whispered fish-bidding” process that you commonly encounter at the Navotas fishport. Quite a way to buy and sell fish hehe, very noise friendly! Springs, cave, islands and beaches are of course the tourist targets in this area although it is not much trodden by tourists.

The other Mercedes also hugs the Pacific Ocean, this time on that peninsular tip of the province of Eastern Samar (Region 8). This is that little fishing town before you reach Guiuan on your way to Calicoan or Homonhon. Like the towns of Salcedo (to the north) and Guiuan (to the South), Mercedes interestingly lies between two bodies of water – the Pacific Ocean on the east and Leyte Gulf on the west – so there is a lot for the adventurer!

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