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It’s not fun to be called Philippines: Alejano wants country renamed by new body

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Will the Philippines become better under another name?

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano believes the country should be renamed since “the Philippines” was given by Spanish colonizers.

In House Bill 5867, Alejano proposed the creation of a Geographic Renaming Commission to study what the country’s new name should be.

The proposed commission, which will be given one year to come up with a new name, will be composed of three representatives from the following agencies: the national Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino.

Alejano, a former soldier, said it is time for the country to have a new name decided on by the people since several nations that have been colonized have reverted to their former pre-colonial name.

The move, he said, gave the countries “a sense of national pride and identity as a free people.”

In contrast Alejano said the identity of the country and its people have been “muddled” because of the entry of various colonizers.

“Felipenas, Filipinas, Pilipinas, Philippines- which of these is the correct name for our country? It is high time for us to have a name which benefits us and is universal to all,” he said.