[talk-ph] Tagging convention: names for city, municipal and barangay halls

rem zamora pompyang at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 16:57:22 BST 2011

I was also able to go to Maguindanao just before/and during the fall of the
Ampatuan's. I found many towns named after the Ampatuan clan (i.e. Ampatuan
Town, Datu Hoffer Ampatuan Town, Datu Saudi Ampatuan Town) without enough
residents. Many houses are also just temporary shelters made from *pawid*. I
found out from locals that old big towns were subdivided by the provincial
government (guess who was in position then?) so that the patriarch can give
his children a portion of his kingdom to reign. Huts were built *daw *so as
to show that there are actual people residing in the area. Though when you
look at the place, it's just barren land.

Now this makes mapping interesting :)


PS: The incumbent Maguindanao Governor is Esmael Mangudadatu. (Yes he was
the one who was supposed to file his candidacy when the massacre happened).
There is also a town in Maguindanao named Mangudadatu. Go figure. :)

On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:53 PM, Eugene Alvin Villar <seav80 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Rem,
> Interesting story. I didn't know about that. But it makes sense
> especially since many provinces in ARMM enjoy carving new towns out of
> old ones. I guess that's to provide turf to each political family
> there. Well, there's something new you learn everyday!
> Eugene
> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 3:25 AM, rem zamora <pompyang at gmail.com> wrote:
> > As an added info guys, I've been to Lanao del Norte and Sur for a
> coverage a
> > few years back during the special elections. Anyway I had a hard time
> > finding the municipal halls of each towns. You know why? It's because the
> > municipal hall moves together with the new mayor. The place of residence
> of
> > the current mayor becomes the municipal hall. Sometimes Mayor X is the
> mayor
> > of Town B, but he currently resides in Town C so the municipal hall of
> Town
> > B is in Town C. Gets? Hehehe. I don't know if it's legal or if it's
> > practiced in the whole region but that was my experience a few years
> back.
> > Nakakatawa pero totoo. Minsan kasi turf ng lumang mayor yung lugar pero
> > nanalo yung kalaban na mayor. Hindi makagalaw sa sariling town kaya sa
> ibang
> > lugar naglalagay ng munisipyo.
> > Matindi eleksyon dun eh, moro moro!
> > Rem

Rem Zamora
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