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What’s in a name? Taytay Councilor Papoo Cruz says he prefers to call Malacanang the People’s Palace

Dec 15, 2018 @ 13:55

The President’s official home is known as Malacanang Palace, but Taytay Councilor Papoo Cruz prefers the name that President Duterte has given to the place.

In a Facebook post, Cruz reminisced about his first visit to Malacanang in 2016 and said he had wondered about its name.

The Malacanang website listed four possible sources: it could be from the word mamalakaya-han for the place of fishermen; from Ma lakan iyan for the word meaning a place of many great ones; May lakan diyan, meaning the place of ancestors; or Malakanan, meaning to the right of the Pasig River.

But Cruz said he would rather call it the People’s Palace, which is what President Duterte prefers.

After all, it is a place where decisions for the people’s welfare are made.

To each his own!

“First time ko makapunta sa Malacañang nung 2016, hinanap ko kung saan nakuha ang pangalan nito. Ito ang ilan sa mga posibleng pinanggalingan ng salitang Malacañang ayon sa malacanang.gov.ph :

1. Mamalakáya-han = lugar ng mangingisda

2. Ma lakán iyán = “a place of many great ones,”

3. May lakán diyán = tungkol sa mga nuno nung unang panahon

4. Malakánan = nasa kanan ng Pasig River

Wala daw talagang siguradong pinagmulan ng pangalan nito pero pabor ako sa tawag ng Pangulo dito na People’s Palace dahil ang mga desisyon na ginagawa sa loob nito ay para sa tao,” Cruz posted.

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