Limahongâ€™s treasure and the mermaid of Sual
From the Saltbeds by Restituto C. Basa
LIMAHONG, who was dubbed by his enemies, the Spanish authorities, as a â€œblood-thirsty pirateâ€, built his fortress in Domalandan.
Here he tarried for over seven months from December 8, 1574 up to August 4, 1575.
In 1989, Professor Cesar V. Callanta, a native of Dagupan, wrote a book â€“ â€œThe Limahong Invasionâ€. In this book, Professor Callanta wrote:
â€œLimahong carried enough treasures to buy an empire.â€
What happened to this treasure?
No one knows for sure. Some writers speculate that Limahong brought this treasure along with him, when he left Domalandan for freedom in the high seas on August 4, 1575.
Professor Callanta is one of those who hold this view.
Others believe he hid it in a cave underneath the sea on Cabalitian island in Sual.
This treasure is said to being protected by a mermaid.
To this day, some of us, Pangasinenses believe that there truly is a mermaid in the deep waters around Cabalitian island.
Recently, the Villamil-Jovellanos clan of Dagupan had an outing in Cabalitian. They went there primarily to do swimming and have a picnic at lunch time.
One of them, a young physician, disappeared quietly. When the family decided to pack up and go home, he was nowhere to be found.
The family consensus was that he may have been taken by the mermaid. She found the doctor very handsome and took fancy of him.
The family could not believe that he drowned. He was a good swimmer.