Meet Ato and Ine (Say Who???)

26 Jan

Does anyone in the Philippines still earn the nickname “Ato” or “Ine”? I guess not anymore. I know a lot of people nicknamed “Totoy”, “Nene”, or “Boy”.  Will these nicknames soon be history? The same applies with first names. A long time ago, women were named Liwayway, Marikit, Dalisay, Luningning while men were Bayani, Dakila, Tagumpay. Then the era came when women were named Maria and men were either Jose or Juan. These days you can rarely find babies named as such except for a few who were given Spanish names like Juan Carlos Miguel or Maria Victoria Concepcion. Nowadays, babies are named after famous movie stars and their kids. A lot of kids are named Ralph, Michael, Nicole and nicknamed KC, PJ, Kim. Where is Ato and Ine?

How do we even address our parents these days? Gone are the days when parents were called Ina/Ama, Inay/Itay, Inang/Amang. Some still call their parents Nanay/Tatay. These days, parents are known to be Mommy/Daddy or Mama/Papa. Aunts and uncles were known to be Nana/Tata or Tiyang/Tiyong but now they are Tita/Tito.

Even pet dogs. A common name before is Bantay. I even remember a book we read at first grade with the same title. It’s about Bantay and its owner, a young boy named Ben but that’s a different story. Going back to dogs, even if we choose foreign names, we still stick to the plain, basic names like Brownie or Spot. I wonder how pet dogs are named these days. Are they named Ai-Ai or Piolo?


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4 responses to “Meet Ato and Ine (Say Who???)

  1. rene san andres

    01/25/2011 at 11:20 pm

    Ato is here..since i’m the only boy in the brood of 8, my sisters usually address me like that. Our classmate Pareng Teddy Angeles was also called that way, being the youngest among his siblings.
    My younger sister (of course!) next to me was called “Ine” but her real name was Leonor actually. There would be many people still being addressed those ways but was a funny thing when they grew older. “Ato” and “Ine” were used to call younger persons and sticked to them even as they grow old. But how would you address an already very old person like that, “Lolo Ato” and “Lola Ine”. I have to do something before that time comes…

    • USpinay

      01/26/2011 at 8:16 am

      In our generation there are still a lot of people nicknamed Ato and Ine. But how about the next generations? Foreign names and nicknames are the choices. Too much western influence, right?

  2. bella34

    01/28/2011 at 3:20 pm

    This is funny!

  3. Jo

    01/30/2011 at 7:53 am

    The western world has changed a lot of customs of the olden days. These include naming children after celebrities but that doesn’t change the fact that old names are pretty, simple, and adorable. Keep the Ins and Atos within our culture.


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