What’s in a Name?
By Apolinario Villalobos
There are two things that matter in a name – honor or disgrace. When the pork barrel scam hugged the limelight, Janet Lim Napoles surfaced as the alleged perpetrator. Her first name became a plague that hounded her unfortunate namesakes. Lim is not much of a bother because, such Chinese name is so common that it covers several pages of phone directories. The name does not even become red on the computer screen if you type it on the keyboard. But, woe to those who belong to the Napoles clan, because their name is attached to Janet by virtue of her marriage to one of their members.
There are stories about women who had to get married posthaste just so, they will no longer be taunted due to what their maiden family name connotes. But sometimes, the result of this effort is even more tragic. In the name of love, however, they just proceed with the signing of contract. The family names mentioned below are real:
– Marlene Liyad married Oscar Dapa and became Mrs. Marlene Liyad Dapa
– Dely Bugtong married William Sagutna and became Mrs. Dely Bugtong Sagutna
– Josephine Cantor married Jess Tulain and became Mrs. Josephine Cantor Tulain
– Cynthia Malisa married Ted Cutujin and became Mrs. Cynthia Malisa Cutujin
– Cathy Tungkuran married Jose Pilaypa and became Mrs. Cathy Tungkuran Pilaypa
– Virginia Go married Elpidio Layan and became Virginia Go Layan
– Erlinda Ma married Cenon Lanza and became Erlinda Ma Lanza
There are more meaningful names that I have written down but advertently excluded them from the list above, as my commentary might be censored, due to their very sexplicit implication.
With the influx of high technology, some parents, who wanted to go with the time, name their children after gadgets and IT terms, hence, there are children today with such names as, Celfonne, Samsungh, Nokia, Eljie, Mai-fon, Charj, Layk, Lovatte, and Thext. I met a woman who named her eldest son, Ulo, for being the eldest and since she expects to have more children, she plans to name the rest, Taynga, Mata, Labi, Pisngi and other parts of the human body as they come. I did not ask if she plans to use the names of body parts down there. The woman is a member of Gabriela, an ultra-nationalistic feminist group. Then there’s a friend who named his eldest son, King, the second child Queenie, the next Prince, the next Princess, the next Knight, and the youngest, Jester.
I met a couple in Tondo, who named their children after Jesus and his disciples. So the eldest is named Jesus, with the rest after the disciples. Good thing, the wife stopped giving birth after the twelfth child, otherwise, the thirteenth could have been named Judas.
So what’s in a name? I would say….plenty!