Sunday, April 13, 2008

Getting Lost With Names – San Nicolas

This topic started with this article

This is St. Nick, right?! Ah there are three in this country!

Our first town named San Nicolas is way up in Ilocos Norte. I call that town a “suburb at a crossroad” and I wonder why it is not a city yet. It soon will be, I predict! A very progressive town, every time I pass by it, something new seems to have sprung open!

Going down to the southern province of Ilocos is another town named San Nicolas, in the province of Pangasinan. It is a town of waterfalls and soldier history as it is in a mountainous area leading up to the Caraballos and that big dam over at San Roque.

Lastly, there is another town named San Nicolas down in the province of Batangas. Ah this town is divided in two – one part is on mainland, just below Tagaytay, while the other part is actually the southwestern half of Taal Volcano! Simply, this town is the least known way to cross and go up the crater ridge or crater lake of Taal Volcano. Everyone passes via Talisay but from here, its even cheaper. Curious... many youngsters here (and even uneducated adults) pronounce the name of this town as "sa nicolas" or more like "sunny kulas"! Awk!

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