Venice, CA USA
American Red Cross Lifeguard
American Red Cross Adult First Aid, CPR, and AED
American Red Cross Child and Infant First Aid, CPR, and AED
PADI, SCUBA Open Water Diver
Full Face Mask (FFM) - Guardian & Spectrum
Buddy Phone - Underwater Communications
MEMBERSHIPS & EDUCATION:
B.A. Drama Honors, Minor in Film Studies from Bishop's University
Trained singer (mezzo-soprano)
Canadian Passport for International Travel
Photos of Naiya:
Mermaid photos courtesy of Randy Wong.
Mermaid Naiya’s Story
Would you like to hear a story of love, loss, volcanoes, pirates, and mermaids? A story of different cultures shrouded in folklore? A story that spans great distances and generations? Such is the story of Naiya, a descendant of Naiads – water nymphs that lived in freshwater lakes.
In the early 19th century an Assyrian pirate fled the war-torn Ottoman Empire, sailing through the Persian Gulf and eventually finding himself in the Philippine Sea. He docked his ship along the banks of the Bicol region, falling in love with its lush lands and marveling at the massiveness of the Mayon Volcano, meaning “Beautiful Lady” in the local language. The natives were a very superstitious people and regaled the pirate with tales of the Magindara. Supposedly they were mermaids who would use their siren song to lure fishermen and others who harm the ocean – but they would also spare those who respected nature. Legend says that they had the ability to create rain, watering the region’s fertile grounds. Though when upset they could also bring forth storms, floods, and drought.
The pirate paid no mind to the myths. He journeyed to the town of Camalig and fell asleep along the shore of Sumlang Lake, a lake living in the shadow of Mount Mayon. While drifting in a dream, the pirate heard the faintest hint of humming, growing louder, eventually rousing him from his rest. He instinctively drew his sword in defense, only to the find the figure of a woman in the lake. She was a Magindara, singing to herself until she saw the pirate. Magindara were very curious about humans – even possessing the ability to walk among them for short periods of time – so she cautiously approached him. Their meeting turned into a friendship, and their friendship a courtship, until one day the fated pair had a daughter.
When the neighboring townspeople of Cagsawa heard of the Magindara living in the lake, they prevented the pirate from seeing the mermaid, fearing she might harm him and the baby. With her heart broken, the mermaid’s rage brought forth a devastating volcanic eruption. She and the pirate never saw each other again – but their love was survived by the baby who grew-up and had a family of her own, continuing the Magindara-line. In every generation one female member from that lineage has the ability to transform from human-to-mermaid. As the generations went on, the chosen one could stay on land longer and longer.
Naiya is a descendant of the Magindara and the pirate. She retained the siren song and loves to sing – also never losing the curiosity for humankind. Much like her ancestors she is a protector of the sea. As a mermaid she enjoys cleaning the sea floor and spreading the stories of Bicolano lore. In human form she can still be found in the water surfing, scuba diving, and educating people on ocean conservation. While based beachside in Southern California, like her pirate forefather she loves to travel. Naiya often visits Hawaii and the Philippines, preferring the tropical waters that remind her of her ancestral home. She also loves spending time with her pet; a black catfish she refers to as her meowmaid or purrmaid.