Vinluan: ‘Nom de Guerre’-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
WHAT'S IN A NAME? All individuals from the start of civilization were given names. A new born is given a name by their parents either based from the calendar, or from the holy book or after their favorite celebrities, for some to the extent of juggling letters to be unique.
However, given names are given to represent your individual identity and never can be changed; your name is “you”. What’s in a name? Take for example athletes’ monikers like “Pac Man”, “The Big J”, “Mr. Nice Guy”, etc. do you know them?
Of course it would be easy if it were in a naming game, “Pac Man” is the Hon. Manny Paquiao, “The Big J” is Robert Jaworski Sr., “Mr. Nice Guy” is Grant Hill. If you are a sports fanatic you’ll surely get a perfect score. Let see if naming some of the Filipino sports greats will ring a bell.
Did you know the Philippine basketball team in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, were called by fans “Islanders” because despite their small height, they were able to compensate it with speed, ability and shooting prowess and their attitudes as players. They placed fifth in the event.
Lou Salvador for example is named “The Master Showman” because he is the only player during the 1930’s with a record high of 100 points in a single game of basketball and is a record unchallenged up to this day.
Anthony Villanueva, a featherweight boxer at age 19 was given the moniker “Boy” because of his clean-cut, and left-handed stance, he gave the Philippines its first silver medal in the Olympics.
Others like Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Olympian Manolet “Twinkle Toes” Araneta, “Fastbreak” Freddie Webb, or “Speedy” Roasalio Martirez etc. are names when uttered will be remembered for what they have contributed and known for. For strangely, only the highlights of men’s careers survive time.
Nicknames, monikers, whoever, whatever, and wherever you are, are given, maybe an abbreviation, combination or connotation of one’s traits that best describe the individual. In sports, writers and sportscasters usually are credited with coining nicknames and monikers of players, especially when one has been playing consistently well as long as they have. It is no wonder that they’re this popular.
They beat everybody for their longevity, consistency and popularity, thus given a moniker which describes their personality and attitude in the squared circle. So what’s in a name? People are praised with a variety of names. From their given names to nicknames, to monikers, they deserve all these because they worked their butt out to earn them, and the title to be always remembered for all time is the “NAME”.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 03, 2013.