5/26/08

Something interesting about the name "Baao".
A friend, who read this blog, told me something interesting about the name Baao. After consulting some of his Chinese friends, he found that the term "Bao" pronounced "baw" in Chinese means variosly as "to stand out, to bulge or to protrude". While the term "Baao" pronounced "ba-aw" in chinese means "to be abundant, to be filled, plentiful or not lacking". My friend, with equal enthusiasm, easily convinced me that this could be another likely origin of the name of our place, as in the Bicol region, particularly in Baao's Mawacag site a rich cache of chinese porcelain was found by pot hunters, one of only a handful of sites in Camarines Sur. This would suggest an ancient and lively interaction with the Chinese. Could the chinese, during their constant visits, marked the name from their own tongue to describe a place that could have been rich and abundant in resources as a lakeshore habitat could have been before the Spanish arrived.

12 comments:

J. A. Carizo said...

This is an interesting entry. But I just wonder: If the entry on the Chinese interaction is true, how come I haven't seen Chinese residents in the area? And almost all of the surnames of the locales (since post World War II) are not Chinese-sounding surnames?

Just wondering. But this is nice as I am in search also of the historical gaps in the Bicol Region.

paula abdul said...

This site appears to have only entries from Paulix Robosa when it is supposed to be from and/or for the "Baao historical and cultural society." Isn't this too presumptuous? Does this organization really exist? Who are the members, anyways?

Word of advice: just make it a personal blog, minus the pretense. It wont hurt.

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