I was born and lived in a town in Bulacan, in a street named M.H. del Pilar after one of the national heroes. Somehow, when a newbie comes to town and ask for direction, that street name does not help. Our street is known as Pook 12. Our neighboring streets are known as West Canal and the other, Riverside. I don’t even know the stories behind those colloquial names but whatever, that’s how they are known for.
In Pook 12, even the people end up having names different from what their parents gave them. A brother of mine is called “Dragon” because of his fascination with Ramon Zamora’s popular 70s movie, the “Return of the Dragon”. A cousin earned the nickname “Technique” because of his penchant ability to overcome any trouble with ease. He has his own techniques to apply, hence the nickname. Another cousin is known as “Mental”. Yeah, he was once a resident of the National Mental Hospital BUT NOT as a patient but as a security guard. Another is known as “Sergeant”. Why? He works in the municipal fire department and although that’s not his actual position, he was “baptized” to be as such. One is known as “Puto”, a name that he hates until now. He used to help his mom cook putong bibingka sold daily in the market. One is “Bukol” because of a big scar on his head which he now hides with his long hair. Mind You…Technique, Sergeant, Mental, Puto and Bukol are all brothers.
Another cousin is known as “Pogi”. He doesn’t really look like one but kind of the opposite. “Attorney” is another cousin of mine. He didn’t even go to law school but I don’t know why the nickname. Have to do a research on this one. “Bagets” is a neighbor of mine. He was name after the movie with the same title which featured Aga Muhlach, Francis Magalona (RIP) and Mayor Herbert Bautista. People said “Bagets” dresses like this guys on that film.
My list can go on and on. “Tirong”, “Saringkol”, “Truit”, “Gaas”, “Eddie Set”, “Rico J”, “Munich”, “Kano” are either neighbors or family members. It’s a good thing that these nicknames apply only to men and not to women. If that wasn’t the case, I wonder what my nickname would have been. Would it have been “Vilma”, Sharon”, ”Snooki” or some other random name.
How about you? Were you known by any other name?