The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) decided to remove the name ‘Nona’ in their list of typhoons in the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). And because it needs a name replacement, the local weather agency asked the public to provide some suggestions. Many netizens gave some funny names.
As we all know, the typhoon’s original name is Nonoy, but PAGASA changed it to Nona because the former sounds like Noynoy, the nickname of President Benigno Aquino III. Last December, Typhoon Nona had paralyzed several areas in Luzon and the Visayas, leaving the country with 42 dead and over P6 billion worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
“Nona will no longer be used by PAGASA and now looking for a replacement !!! Suggestions are now welcome. The most engaging name will be the replacement for Nona.” PAGASA posted on their official Facebook page this Wednesday, January 6, 2016, along with the list of names (starting with letter ‘N’) that have already been used earlier.
According to PAGASA, the names Neneng, Nando, Nina, Nonoy, Nanang, Ningning, Norming, Narsing, Naning, Nitang, Nora, Nancy, Nadine, and Nelly are already taken. This is when many netizens made fun Some funny names submitted include Nidora, Nganga, Nana, Noway, Nae-Nae, Nognog, NaColombia, Nyeta, Ngek, Nuterte, Napoles and Naknangputa.
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But of course, there are some serious name suggestions such as Nimfa, Neri, Nathaniel, Norilyn, Noemi, Nori, Nida, Norma, Nita, Noring, Nelda Norman, Noli, Naldo, and Nonito. On the other hand, some netizens suggested that PAGASA should stop using local names and use international names instead, to align with the counterparts in other countries.
Meanwhile, you can still suggest other names in this PAGASA Nona name replacement poll. You can also join the fun, and give funny names. But for the love of art, please don’t suggest ‘Nota.’ Besides the fact that someone has already suggested it, those who understand the meaning of Nota will die laughing while weather news reporters are reporting the weather forecast live on TV. 🙂