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PHILIPPINES: Mermaid swimming lessons gain popularity in Manila

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Mermaid lessons are making a splash in the Philippines, with dozens of girls thrilled to be living out their underwater dreams.

The Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy opened in Manila last May, attracting students of all ages.

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JULY 20, 2013) (REUTERS)
MERMAID COACHES TAKING BREATH AND DIVING INTO WATER
MERMAID COACHES SWIMMING
MERMAID COACHES TAKING BREATH DIVING INTO WATER
MERMAID COACHES FLOATING
ME...

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (JULY 20, 2013) (REUTERS)
MERMAID COACHES TAKING BREATH AND DIVING INTO WATER
MERMAID COACHES SWIMMING
MERMAID COACHES TAKING BREATH DIVING INTO WATER
MERMAID COACHES FLOATING
MERMAID STUDENTS IN POOL

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 28-YEAR-OLD MERMAID STUDENT ZADA ONG, SAYING:
"I think every girl wants to be a mermaid at one point in her life."

VARIOUS OF MERMAID COACHES FLOATING
COACHES HOLDING PLEXI-GLASS AND RUBBER MERMAID TAILS
COACH PUTTING ON SUIT
COACH PUTTING CLOTH OVER FIN
MERMAID COACH ARABELLE JIMENEZ BLOWING KISS UNDERWATER
JIMENEZ SWIMMING UNDERWATER

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MERMAID COACH ARABELLE JIMENEZ SAYING:
"We have this notion that the mermaids are beautiful, are playful, are fun, and adventurous, and graceful. So that is what we want to impart to the kids also."

MERMAID COACHES TALKING IN POOL
MERMAID FINS
COACH TEACHING GIRL HOW TO FLOAT
COACHES TALKING TO STUDENTS IN POOL
COACH GENEVIEVE REYES WATCHING STUDENTS FLOAT
VARIOUS OF STUDENT LEANN EVANGELISTA SWIMMING
STUDENTS FLOATING

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MERMAID STUDENT LEANN EVANGELISTA SAYING:
"I feel happy because I get to swim, I get to swim like a mermaid, because I wanted to be a mermaid since I was young."

WATER SEEN FROM POINT OF VIEW OF MERMAID COACH, WHO IS INSTRUCTING STUDENTS TO SWIM TOWARDS HER
STUDENTS SWIMMING
MERMAID COACH DOING HAND STAND UNDERWATER
MERMAID COACH DIVING INTO WATER AND PERFORMING HAND STAND

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MERMAID COACH GENEVIEVE REYES SAYING:
"For me the mermaid spirit is, let's say the ability to care, because once you're a mermaid you also get to be aware of your surroundings and your environment, especially the marine environment."

MERMAID COACHES UNDERWATER

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