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5/21/2006 9:06:18 PM

That's another thing I'd never seen before coming to Manila -- taxis with the driver's kids' names on the trunk.
> Another whole eye-opening field for the foreign visitor is the
> phenomenon of the "composite" name. This includes names like Jejomar (for Jesus, Joseph and Mary), and the remarkable Luzviminda (for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, believe it or not). That's a bit like me being called something like "Engscowani" (for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). Between you and me, I'm glad I'm not.
> And how could I forget to mention the fabulous concept of the randomly inserted letter 'h'. Quite what this device is supposed to achieve, I have not yet figured out, but I think it is designed to give a touch of class to an otherwise only averagely weird name. It results in creations like Jhun, Lhenn, Ghemma, and Jhimmy. Or how about Jhun-Jhun (Jhun2)?
> How boring to come from a country like the UK full of people with names
> like John Smith. How wonderful to come from a country where imagination and exoticism rule the world of names.
> Even the towns here have weird names; my favorite is the unbelievably named town of Sexmoan (ironically close to Olongapo and Angeles).
> Where
> else in the world could that really be true?
> Where else in the world could the head of the Church really be called Cardinal Sin?
> Where else but the Philippines!
> Note: Philippines has a senator named Joker, and it is his legal name.



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