This whole nickname thing is not unique to my family…it is a pretty much a tradition for many Filipinos.
At the end of this post is a link to an article from Kate McGeown of BBC News with the introduction “Bizarre and often unflattering names are as quintessentially Filipino as the country’s Catholic faith, friendly smiles…”
And just when my older sister thought I would not show her nickname here on my blog…ooops…here it is: Wally, Wals, Wallie-Wallie, or the Walliest of course.
Which I thought was pretty harmless when this nickname evolved about 24 years ago.
That was until we introduced her to Robert, my younger sister’s then fiancée, now husband, who is British.
And so it went something like
Robert…meet my sister Wally. At which point he choked a little before he politely shook her hand and said, “nice to meet you Wally”. Turns out a Wally is not so flattering a name to call someone where he is from.
And Wally is kind, and the most loving sister anyone can ask for, and I hope still —a forgiving sister— when she sees this post.
Here is the link to the article “Playful Filipino Names Hard to Get Used To”.
Ever the current President has a nickname, Noynoy.
I would love to hear about your family’s nickname or if you have met Filipinos with interesting names or nicknames.