Saturday, 2 April 2011

Names in the Philippines

Andy and I were in the car last when we happened to catch an episode of From Our Own Correspondent on the radio. This is a BBC programme that I've enjoyed now and then over the years, but a section of last week's programme was one of the most interesting and entertaining pieces of radio I've heard in years.

The article in question focused on names in the Philippines, where English words are appropriated seemingly at random to be used as personal names. Highlights included a senior public figure called Joker (apparently he comes from a card-playing family) and a guy called Robert who also named all four of his sons Robert.

But I won't spoil it by sharing all the funny parts: head over to the From Our Own Correspondent page at the BBC and download the programme from 26th March 2011. (Let me know if there are problems downloading this overseas, please, and I'll see what I can do!)

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Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm going to listen to that!

Bibliomama said...

My friend Janis decided her unborn son would be named Fletcher after a visit to IKEA, so she figures there must have been a drawer-pull or mirror with that name, since she's sure she never would have named a kid Fletcher otherwise.

HalfCrazy said...

I live in the Philippines and yes, a lot of people are obsessed with names. Naming kids seem like playing games for some! I got a friend and her siblings are named Adhika (mission), Bighani (amazed, mesmerized), Calinga (care), and Diwata (fairy). Yes, the first four letters of the alphabet.

Joker Arroyo is a popular political figure in the Philippines. His family is pretty famous, as well as his endeavors.

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