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What's in a name? The peculiarity of Pasig's Street names

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Manggahan, Santolan, Caniogan. Names of barangays in Pasig town that suggests an origin story about the abundance of fruit bearing trees in the days of yore. Filipinos and our legends are filled with legends of how places were named to state the obvious features of the land. This is perhaps our way to honor nature and how it has been good to us and to our livelihood. We have brought this culture all the way to the present which is why up to now we tend to forget the name of the place but never its uniqueness.

Teresita dela Paz Osorio in an article listed down street name oddities that shows the Pasigueno's colorful and most often than not, peculiar way of naming streets.

Sitio Kumunoy in San Miguel, so called because area used to have quicksand or kumunoy, which is very muddy, gluey and sticky.

Sitio Ulilang Kawayan in San Joaquin derived its name from a gigantic bamboo tree that used to stand at the present entrance of the sitio. The name ulilang kawayan was given by the first families that settled in the area in 1965.

Sitio Lamok in Palatiw used to be a very swampy place that was the dumping site for used old tires that attracts mosquitoes.

Sitio Rancho Guapo also in Palatiw got its name because the are used to be the hangout of youths who prided in their pagkaguwapo.

Karokan, an area in Santolan, acquired its name from the comic character "Barok", a very sturdy and rugged fellow who lived in a place called "Karokan". The area has become associated with hardy residents

Kuli-kuli in San Nicolas is so called because it takes two turns or liko to traverse the area from Kapasigan to San Nicolas.

Daang Calabao in Maybunga used to be a very narrow pathway leading to the river bank passable only by carabaos that would bath there.

Kubo is an area in Bagong Ilog at the entrance to the local market. In this site there used to be a waiting shed the roof of which is built of the bubong ng bahay kubo. The kubo is already gone, but the name kubo remained.

Pugad baboy at the old palengke in Kapasigan used to be the slaughter house or matanza

Bahaghari is a place in Ugong close to the riverbank. Usually in the afternoon, as the clouds descend, the place becomes moist and conductive to a rainbow formation.

Talampas also in Ugong, is so called because the area used to be a rocky cliff or talampas. Many Filipinos were massacred in the area during the 1896 revolution.

Kalye Putol in Rosario is situated at the end of the road beneath the overpass at the foot of the Rosario Bridge.

Pulong Tae is a place near the river bank at Rotonda, Kapasigan. During low tide small masses of land appeared like droppings. Later on the area became a dumping area for garbage.

Nagpayong in Pinagbuhatan got its name because the residents in the area are known to be carrying umbrellas during floods, while waiting for the waters to subside.

Daang Paa in Kalawaan is a very narrow street passable only by foot.

These are just some of the streets that at times solicit laughter and awe. It gives a person a funny thought on how creative Pasiguenos were in naming their areas even though it sounds a nuisance. At the end of the day one thing remains, we are all fortunate because our city is named in memory of two star-crossed lovers whose death seemed powerless in the face of an unending love. A fine romance, that is Pasig.

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