Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kili-Kili on Twitter

Other Filipinos like me may not be aware of some places in our beloved country that have unique names. A story about a drug bust wherein one person was killed exposed the place named “kili-kili” (Filipino word for armpit). This Tagalog word for armpit was trending on Twitter and not much on the drug bust operation. However, a 2009 study by Kab-ot Gahum: Resource Center for Empowerment & Development of the Balay Mindanaw Group said that the term “kili-kili” comes from the Higaunon word that primarily refers to people who have the ability to quickly make decisions in meetings or dialogues. This was according to Dikno Mansumagan, who is also called Datu Kili-kili.

There are other strangely-named places (at least for Tagalog-speakers) in the Philippines include:

  • Panti Point in Cagayan
  • Apapaya City in Abra
  • Bubong in Lanao del Sur
  • Pata in Sulu
  • Mankayan in Benguet (switch a few letters around and you ought to get the point)
  • Pinukpuk in Kalinga
  • Pugo in La Union
  • Iba in Zambales
  • Lobo in Batangas
  • Mauban in Quezon
  • Bula in Camarines Sur
  • Bato in Catanduanes and Leyte
  • Sulat in Eastern Samar
  • Manukan in Zamboanga del Norte
  • Pikit in North Cotabato
  • Mainit in Surigao del Norte
  • Tago in Surigao del Sur
Some places’ names have been changed because of their unfortunate resemblance to embarrassing phrases – one example is Sasmuan. Its original name was Sexmoan.


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