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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

JUNE 21 1978, MINDORO ISLAND, PHILIPPINES, JACINTO FETALVERO:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In 1993, author Jerome Clark, discussing merfolk, said that in the Summer of 1978, Jacinto Fetalvero, a fisherman from the Filipines, let slip the secret of a recent fishing success: one moonlight night, he had met a beautiful mermaid, with "amiable blue eyes, reddish cheekds, and green scales on her tail", and she helped him secure a lot of fishes. He was ridiculed and did not want to talk about it anymore.

By trace of press, I learned that it reportedly occurred on June 21, 1978, off the coast of Mindoro, that Jacinto Fetalvero was from the coastal city of Sablayan, and that he had said that he had three companions with him when he had met the mermaid.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001035
Date of event: June 21, 1978
Earliest report of event: 1978
Delay of report: Days, weeks?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Fortean book Jerome Clark.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Fortean book.
This file created on: May 18, 2010
This file last updated on: May 18, 2010
Country of event: Philippines
State/Department: Mindoro
Type of location: At sea.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1 to 4
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Young adult, adult or aged.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Fisherman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Mermaid
Entities height: Not reported
Entities outfit type: None.
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Reddish and green.
Entities body: Not reported. Half woman half fish.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Amiable blue eyes.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Fishtail.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Not reported.
Entities actions: Helped fisherman to catch lots of fishes.
Entities/witness interactions: Helped fisherman to catch lots of fishes.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, went.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Mermaid.
Explanation category: Invention of the witness or the Press.
Explanation certainty: Certain.

Narratives:

[Ref. ea1:] "EASTERN HORIZONS":

A Filipino fisherman claimed seeing a mermaid, half-human, half-fish, while fishing under a full moon off a coastal town on Mindoro Island 320 kilometers (200 miles) south of Manila, published reports today said.

The English language newspaper bulletin today said Jacinto Fetalvero of Sablayan coastal town saw the apparition on June 21 while fishing with three companions. He said the sea nymph had amiable blue eyes, reddish cheeks, and greenish scales, [...]

[Ref. jc1:] JEROME CLARK:

The author, discussing merfolk, says that in the Summer of 1978, Jacinto Fetalvero, a fisherman from the Filipines, let slip the secret of a recent fishing success: one moonlight night, he had met a beautiful mermaid, with "amiable blue eyes, reddish cheekds, and green scales on her tail", and she helped him secure a lot of fishes. He was ridiculed and did not want to talk about it anymore.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Mindanao Island, Philippines, on Summer 1978, at night, Filipino angler Jacinto Fetalvero reported that one moonlit night he had met a beautiful mermaid, with "amiable bluish eyes, reddish cheeks, and green scales on her tail." She helped him secure a bountiful catch. A torrent of ridicule ensued, and Fetalvero thereafter refused to discuss the subject.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Jerome Clark, Unexplained!."

[Ref. hm1:] "HISTORY OF THE MERMAID":

The webmaster provides the same story than [jc1], adding that the source is "unknown" and "Please contact me if you know where this story came from."

[Ref. lc1:] LOREN COLEMAN:

Loren Coleman indicates that in the Summer of 1978, Jacinto Fetalvero, a fisherman from Mindanao Islands in the Filipines, let slip the secret of a recent fishing success: one moonlight night, he had met a beautiful mermaid, with "amiable blue eyes, reddish cheekds, and green scales on her tail", and she helped him secure a lot of fishes. He was ridiculed and did not want to talk about it anymore.

The source is indicated as "Jerome Clark, Unexplained!"

Points to consider:

The place given as "Mindanao Island" in [ar1] and others is obviously an invention.

See the List of Issues. The story, probably an invention of the fisherman or the Press, has obviously nothing to do with UFO matters.

And of course, only fools can believe there are half-fish half-human women in the seas.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe May 18, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe May 18, 2010 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Nothing to do with ufology. - -

Evaluation:

Invention of the witness or the Press.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 18, 2010 Creation, [ea1], [jc1], [ar1], [hm1], [lc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross May 18, 2010 First published.

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