Now, I don’t want to preempt anything but if ever I would have children, I have my own set of preferred names for them. Lately, I’ve been hearing “odd” names being given to Filipino children, names, which do not, in any way, connect the child to his/her cultural heritage and identity. For me, extremely American-sounding names are already too much but alien-like names just take the cake. I’m not here to judge but as a Filipino, I think there are names that aren’t only nice sounding but ultimately, nationally significant. I want to name my kid in a “normal” but also historically-accepted way that won’t be bereft of aesthetic and uniqueness.
I hope this very brief entry would encourage more Filipino parents, especially the young ones, to see the virtue of naming their little boys and girls with names that best identify with the history, heritage and identity of our people.
Joaquín — biased!
Helena (H not pronounced)
This list isn’t exhaustive but hey, try them!
Combination too would help.
José Augusto Marco or Manolo Carlos
Maria Ines or Helena Augusta
These names are most definitely hicieron ayer.