What's in a name, you ask? Surely not "vowels" in the case of a newborn boy from Carmen, Cotabato who was given an unusual name that is difficult to pronounce and spell.
Interviewed in Mark Salazar's report on "24 Oras," the child's grandfather, Raugyl Ferolin Estrera, decided to name the baby boy as Ghlynnyl Hylhyr Yzzyghyl Mampuan Buscato.
Even the personnel who processed the baby's birth certificate had to reprint the document because they committed errors in spelling his name, Estrera shared.
To make things easier for everybody, Estrera vowed to give his grandson the much simpler yet equally unusual nickname of "Consonant," owing to the absence of regular vowels in the boy's real name.
The boy's name, however, is not actually vowel-less. The letter Y, though commonly regarded as a consonant, is also considered a special vowel as it can represent vowel sounds depending on its position and the letters surrounding it in a word.
Estrera explained that his grandchild's name, "Ghlynnyl Hylhyr Yzzyghyl" was formed by combining a few letters from his name as well as the names of the child's father, mother, and grandmother.
Estrera further said a few letters from baby Consonant's name was also derived from his niece's name.
"If I will give him a name, it should be something of value for our family. The child's name shouldn't be made up," Estrera said in Filipino, when asked about his inspiration for baby Consonant's name.
Once baby Consonant starts to learn reading and writing, Estrera said they will teach him how to spell his name as well as tell him about its origin.
"At an early age, we will teach him how to write his name. We will explain the origin of his name so that he will have an idea. The child will know the importance of his name," Estrera said. -Consuelo Marquez/MDM, GMA News