My Names and Pseudonyms

My name usually elicits giggles and buzz
Oftentimes it arouses questions and laughs
With MASSULINE ANTONIO… What’s the big fuzz?
None really, just read properly,  is all that I ask

Into four syllables, my name  be divided
Think it this way… MAS-SU-LI-NE, please be guided
MASSU  in MASSULINE be carefully read
Following the pronunciation key at the end… (mäsū)

And the LI  be not  read as li  as in Bruce’s Lee
But as   in lie, as inventing a story
The NE , make it unique and a little naughty
Just follow  the sound of ni  in the word bikini

With different nicknames I was identified
From my initials, some have called me MAD
From Antonio, with TONY, I was also tagged
Believe me, even with MUSSI, I was marked

Sir Mad,  Dr. Ligaya, at work my epithets
Oh my, with too many nicknames, I was perplexed
When still a child  my playmates  had me labelled
They would call me DADDU, and I’l be angered

In a previous  workplace in my country
People said they find my name a little  funny
Because it’s tiring to call  my name in its entirety
DR. JOY… yes, indeed, that  was how they called me

But of all those monikers I got called with
There’s only one I would consider so sweet
I would feel so delighted whenever I hear it
That is CHING, music to my ears indeed.

“Nom de plume” I also used in writing
When my identity as writer I am hiding
The  Fabulist” when anthropomorphizing
Animals for human follies I am attacking.

I parodied Quijano De Manila of Nick Joaquin
Quinano De Ilocandia as alias I am using
But in most instances the one I have been adopting
It’s HARDPEN the best of all my pseudonyms

Source: My Names and Pseudonyms


Teacher-Writer-Advocate for Self-improvement M, A, and D are the initials of my two first names (Massuline and Antonio) and my mother's family name (Dupaya). Ligaya (a Filipino word which means happiness in English) is my family name. MAD is actually one of my nicknames aside from Tony and Ching. My full name is Massuline Antonio Dupaya Ligaya. Many times I was asked the question "Why do you write?" I don't write for material rewards nor adulation. When I write poems, stories, and essays, when I do research, the process of creating them gives me immense joy and seeing them completed brings me great satisfaction. I don't write for cash incentives, "likes," and "praises." I would be thankful should I get those but the happiness and sense of fulfillment I get while doing them and completing my works are my real rewards. Is teaching difficult? No! When I teach, I don't work but I play. My educational philosophy - "The classroom is my playground, the students are my playmates, and the subject is our toy." I am a lifelong learner too. My daily goal is to be better than I was yesterday. It's difficult, but it's worth the try. It's not for what I get from doing it but for what I become. Proud to be me! Proud to be a FILIPINO! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Posted on March 29, 2017, in Names, Poetry, Tula and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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