[talk-ph] City in well city names

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 14:46:57 GMT 2010

Hi Totor,

We are having the same problem in Wikipedia. The current naming convention
there is to add the "City" but there's a proposal to drop the "City" in most
of them. Except for those cities that share names with other prominent
places (Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Cotabato, Isabela, Quezon, Sorsogon etc.),
people usually refer to these places by just the name without the "City". In
OSM, we have the convention to remove "Barangay" in barangay names and
similarly, "City" in most city names.

The reason why you'll see signs that add the word "City" is because
achieving city status is a "badge of honor". The city governments would like
to proclaim that they are a city (which implies a more developed places)
every chance they get! So I wouldn't put too much weight on those signs and
government websites. ;-)

My two centavos,
Eugene (osm:seav)

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 9:57 PM, Totor <totor_osm at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi everybody
> I put back the City in some city names in cebu :
> Mandaue City,
> Lapu-Lapu City
> and
> Danao City
> They were removed some time ago, and while it makes sense
> (unlike Cebu City, there is no Mandaue island or province...),
> the road signs indicate Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City.
> The address of the company I work also shows Lapu-Lapu City.
> These websites also mention the "City" in the name :
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Cebu
> http://www.mandauecity.gov.ph/
> http://www.cebu.gov.ph/
> and even : http://openstreetmap.org.ph/viewall.php !!!
> I was not able to find anything regarding this in the wiki.
> Probably because European names/road signs usually don't include city (as
> far as I know)
> What is your opinion ?
> Should we ignore the City in most of the names or add it to all?
> Should we add City as stated on the road signs only?
> Is there an official name list ? (I never heard of Manila City :)
> How about Carcar, Naga, Toledo, Bogo and Talisay ?
> Happy mapping.
> Totor

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