Davao’s Little Mermaid

Davao's Little Mermaid © Jojie Alcantara 2008

Davao’s Little Mermaid © Jojie Alcantara 2008

 

The original statue of the Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the harbor of Copenhagen in Langelinie. The small statue (only 1.25 metres high and weighs around 175 kg) is a major icon and tourist attraction in Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital and largest city, and was unveiled in 1913.

Replica of Litte Mermaid, Baywalk  © Jojie Alcantara

Replica of Litte Mermaid, Baywalk © Jojie Alcantara

But this exact replica can be found in Baywalk of Times Beach, Matina. It is a faithful reproduction complete with its rock by the sea near the jetty. A nearby carved sign for the tourists explains: “…it is considered a national treasure by the Danish people. You can even have your picture be taken with the Little Mermaid in the background and show to your friends telling them you were in Copenhagen last summer.”

Replica of Litte Mermaid, Baywalk © Jojie Alcantara

Replica of Litte Mermaid, Baywalk © Jojie Alcantara

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About Jojie Alcantara

Jojie Alcantara is a semi-retired TV host and a Davao-based journalist since 1995. A multi-awarded photographer and artist, her works are featured in tourism campaigns (DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines) and on covers and spreads of books and international magazines. Her personal advocacy is to promote her country positively to the world. A columnist and solo traveler, she roams the islands in search of inspirational stories and images of nature. She is a Getty Image contributor and three time Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Awards nominee in two categories, Travel Journalism and Heritage and Culture. More info on http://about.me/jojiealcantara.