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Written by apocarthinic   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 00:51

Boy who?

I have never really seen any compelling reason why several mothers in Cortes would choose the name Boy Hubac.

Well, that’s a nickname, but what the heck, one of them marries and several are implicated. One of them breaks law and you know what the grapevine spins. That’s what I mean.

At least I could name five of them here. I could even name ten, but please do not dare me, you would be bored to resurrection.

But why Boy? Why not any other name?

Boy, the name tells us that it is an American concoction for, well a boy. Otherwise it should have been nino, right?

And yes, the Boy Hubacs just sprouted in the post war generation, meaning after the war.

Which leads us to configure that maybe, sometime somewhere between the coming of the Americans in 1899 to 1945, or after the war ended, somebody named Boy could have figured prominently in local history enough to have parents surviving the war adopt the name to, perhaps assign to their kid a hero figure to emulate.

Whoever could tell us the story of the original Boy Hubac, it would be most welcome here.

At, we believe that there are very few (if there are) reasons why we seem to adopt names. The biggest of them is that we do hope we could emulate the lives of the people we idolize.

A lot of it goes back to the Spanish times when the Vidas de los Santos (Lives of saints) were part of the church readings.

As soon as people heard there is a great saint named Roque, so their son must be named after him.

Never mind Susmar Josef, or Jejomar for Jesus, Joseph and Mary, these are concoctions of the jejemon generation.

And then there is the edict issued by Governor General Narciso Claveria of 1849.

Claveria, who was a Spanish soldier, was elevated as the first count of Manila and soon afterwards, issued a decree for Filipinos who have yet no surnames, to adopt one.

The Spaniards consequently sent to the towns and villages a very long list of Spanish surnames, from which the natives could choose.

The issued decree came after Spanish authorities who met people in far off villages in their conquests realized putting people surnames eases their accounting people who are considered outside the reduccion (hamlets) or for taxing purposes.

Earlier, one such practice was already in place.

Then, people used a different kind of “surnames,” most of them have something to do with their legendary powers, physical features, distinguishing debilities, their products or on anything that makes remembering them easy and distinguishing them just as magical as a eureka.

You must have heard of Maldang Pango (oooops, ayaw reklamo Kap!) Insoy Bombo (Ikaw pod Soy!), Beltong Pakog, Beltoong Patok or Tomas Pahak, and it aint no laughing matter when we hear them.

Because of it, and the gross names the people called each other, the Spaniards, who may not understood how outrageous these could be, decided picking up better sounding names to make people call out saints as soon as somebody drifts back into his naughty self.

Now, noting they could better create nicer names in their annals, the Spaniards pushed for people to adopt nicer names instead. Nicer, means Spanish sounding.

It was, as you will notice, an Augustinian Recollect practice, which was started in 1768 that rolled the balls.

That year too was when the Jesuit missionaries who started the earliest missions in Bohol were finally expelled from their assignments and sent back to Rome.

While the Jesuits suggested Hispanic names to Filipino converts, the order was not as imposed as when the Augustinians, including what Narciso Claveria has done.

The Augustinians, whose devotion to Mary and the Holy Family was so pronounced, pushed people to put in Maria in the first names of natives.

Yes, this holds true, even for males. So you see older names like Maria Rosauro, Jose Maria and yes, Maria Trinidad, Maria Sagrario, Maria Corazon, and still a horde of odd names grace the chronicle of births in most iglesias, blame the Augustinians and Claveria for that.

That same Claveria decree is also the reason why Panglao surnames mostly start with As, Bs and Cs.

Now back to Cortes. Is the Claveria decree closely followed here?

Umm, let us see.

According to a local history teacher, there were indeed towns in Bohol that had too much of tough-headed constituents that even Spanish edicts were not immediately carried.

Adoption of edicts was basically on the amount of Spanish influence in the town.

Notice too that old towns that retain their old names clearly illustrate that the Spanish influence was not as thorough as in the clearly Spanish sounding names of towns.

Sevilla, Garcia-Hernandez, Valencia, Alicia, Bien Unido, Trinidad, Buenavista, Getafe and still so many other towns.

The more courageous towns retained their old names: Tubigon, Loon, Baclayon, Panglao, Dauis, Loay, Jagna and many more.

Mountain towns were generally non-spanish influenced towns, the people only feared the Spaniards for their fire-breathing lantacas.

But the case in Cortes is definitely not among the ones we stated earlier.

Cortes, a clearly Spanish influenced town named in honor of Hernando Cortes, can also be read as a Spanish town, but its people only became Hispanic inside churches. Outside, it was a different story.

And how did I speculate on that?

The Cortesanons were creative, we have to give them that. When the Claveria edict came, Cortesanons reacted in a rather weird way.

Name a Spanish sounding family name in Cortes and I can tell you that is not certainly from here. I mean, mixed marriages happen and foreign sounding surnames can easily penetrate the locals.

But still, Cortesanons kept the Maldang Pango, Basilio Dawaw, Beltong Patok, and many other equally outrageously derogatory names beside Pedro Gabi (because he owns a vast gabi patch), Julian Nangca (because the guy planted the taboo fruit tree and defied superstition by successfully wooing a girl and having a sibling), Felix Hubac (because the man had more asthmatic fits than anyone can count), Marcelo Balani (because he feeds his hogs with sliced banana trunks perhaps) and Miguel Boctot(o) for no other reason at all.

For women perhaps who seem to have fully blossomed too marrying age she was called Maria Hinog, or an able bodied all around helper Rosario Maka because she obviously can do just anything is always understandable, right?

Now back to Boy Hubac.

Boy, the nickname of at least nine Boy Hubacs born after the war was indeed a tricky one. For, whatever reasons their parents nicknamed them Boy, a huge reason should be there, in the same reason that newborn babies now could be named Piolo, well because the mother, and yes, the father just gotten himself into a miraculous identity crisis.

Then you would ask, how do the people identify them?

The answer? Ah, similar to the way these Boys could be traced: their mothers.

So, in Cortes, do not be amazed if you look for Boy Hubac and 8 other Boy Hubacs addresses are given.

There is Boy Hubac whose real name is Jose, he is commonly known as Boy Tinay or now because he drives a minibus that carries the bamboo beds from Camayaan to the city, he is called Boy Lantay.

There is another Boy Hubac, whose real name is Menrado and he lived in Malayo. He is familiarly called Boy Soling.

Another Boy Hubac is named Esmeraldo and he is more known as Boy Mameng.

At the SIP, there is another Boy Hubac, he is better called Boy Ising or Boy Boning. His real name is Felix. When he married, he is now known as Boy Jean.

In Bacong where Boy Ising lives ins another Boy and his real name is Justino. He is better known as Boy Canuta. Because Boy Canuta lives in the compound where his sister Celia lives prominently, he is also called Boy Celia.

They also have a neighbor Boy Hubac who was known as Boy Caring. His real name is Ernesto, who, when married, took on the name of the wife, so he became Boy-Daisy. They then BD initials in their tuba containers that often end up shattered by drunkards at cortesanon. Drunkards read BD as (Bok-on- Di?). Later, Boy Daisy put on DB (Di Bok-on) in their glass gallons. They were still never returned when borrowed.

Need to know some more? Find out who is Primitivo Boy Hubac. Or who is Boy Binay? And who is Boy Onda?

Oh, Boy, pray tell me before I get lost in this topic, who really was this Boy that more than ten mothers between 1940-1950 chose his name to call their boys?

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:26
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