What's in a name?

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Friday, January 24, 2014


WE ALL agreed. It was unanimous!

A resolution was filed last Tuesday seeking the imprimatur of the Angeles City Council to form a study group that will rename certain streets in the city. It would take time this seemingly simple job, and the task's success or failure will be determined after its acceptance by the residents. It has to be started though.

May we venture to ask who Jake Gonzales is? A boulevard starting from the foot of Abacan Bridge up to the railroad crossing in Barangay Sta. Teresita was named after him. Each one of us in the council was curious. Who he? I hope my friend Robby Tantingco can supply the answer.

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I specifically pointed to Villa Leoncia Subdivision in Barangay Sto. Domingo the real and acute need in changing the street names. The streets there are all named after foreign cigarette brands. Whoever thought of that must be a heavy smoker. I hope he or she didn't die of lung cancer.

How do you then campaign against smoking in that community, when those cigarette brands are imbedded in minds of those kids growing in that neighborhood?

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From the rotonda of the Macarthur Highway in Barangay Sto. Cristo up to Barangay Cutud at the boundary of Angeles City and Barangay Sapang Maisac of Mexico town, is the Magalang Road. There is another Magalang rRad starting from the intersection of Macarthur Highway and straddles between Barangay Ninoy Aquino (formerly Marisol Village) and Barangay Salapungan and ends at Barangay Pandan. Very confusing indeed for the new postal man.

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The historians should join the study group and correspond to Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting in her office at the City Hall if they wish to be helpful and assert a correction and honor those who deserved to be honored.

Many will be surprised to know that there were so many persons who helped shape the local history of Angeles and deserve to be remembered.

There is the late Renato D. Tayag a book author who wrote 'Angeles History' and Ricardo Flores aka Apung Gundo, an educator known to many adults now who studied at Holy Angel College. This is just to name a few.

My own bragging right was that I was tasked by then Clark Development Corporation President Romeo S. David to rename the streets in Clark, a former American Military installation. Of course with the help of former VP Tony Salenga and Mariz Mandocdoc, presently a vice-president of CDC.

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Now Mitchell Avenue (M.A. Roxas) and the many streets in Clark Air Force all sounding so American before were erased in one swift and consigned into oblivion the colonial vestiges represented by those former street names.

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It takes a street name to convey the rich history of any community. And streets mistakenly named should be corrected. As commonly phrased, 'If not now when? And if not us, who?’

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 25, 2014.

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