Sitio derives name from female organ-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
SITIO Bilatan is the other name of Sitio Lower Sun-ok in Barangay Ibabao, Cordova. The Cebuano name’s root word refers to a woman’s genitals.
The sitio hogged the headlines again after authorities arrested two of its residents, a couple, for allegedly operating a cybersex den inside their house.
Authorities rescued their three children last Wednesday afternoon.
But Ibabao Barangay Captain Chito Bantazal said the moniker’s origin was not inspired by a series of raids on houses allegedly operating online pornography in 2011.
“Wala pa ang cybersex dens, Bilatan na ang angga ana kay tungod puros mga babae ang naglabi diha unya mag-atubang og sugal (It has always been called Bilatan because most residents there are women who gamble a lot),” he said in a text message to Sun.Star Cebu.
After the first raid in the barangay in June 2011, Bentazal and his councilors passed a resolution asking the residents to stop calling Sitio Lower Sun-ok as Bilatan, saying it has a negative connotation and is gender-offensive.
“Hangyo nako mao ang dili na pagtawag og Bilatan sa maong sitio,” he said.
For sociology and anthropology teacher Jerome Lasala, a place in the Philippines gains a moniker if there is something unique in it.
Historians said the name of Bogo City was derived from a tree of the same name, said Lasala.
Sitio Mananga 2 in Talisay City is famous to locals as Sitio Kawatan, because it has allegedly become the hiding place of robbers and snatchers in Cebu, as well as those from Manila and Mindanao, according to an earlier report.
Sitio Kawatan is located under the Mananga bridge and it is near the Mananga riverbank.
“(The moniker) has become a reference for the place,” said Lasala, who teaches at the Cebu Normal University.
He said giving monikers with sexual connotations to places or things is part of the culture of Cebuanos, who by nature are humor-loving people.
The teacher further said official renaming of places will go through legislation first. But monikers are unofficial.
There are also people, he said, who prefer old names than the new ones for commemoration.
In Cebu City, commuters still prefer to call a portion of Osmeña Blvd. as Jones Ave.
Lasala said there are residents who cannot accept if their place is given a negative nickname while some would just ignore it.
“Bati gyo’g dungog ang lugar (It doesn’t speak well of a place),” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 07, 2013.