By Floro Mercene
As one of the original Manila International Airport (MIA) reporters way back in the ’60s for the Philippine News Service (PNS), yours truly fully support the call of lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon to revert our premier gateway back to its original name.
Manila was a well-known name even during the Spanish and American colonial period. People are familiar with such items as Manila paper and Manila rope, which has been part of the international trader’s lexicon in the last 500 years.
Manila is a name that is easy to remember because it also happens to be the Philippines’ capital.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is a bit of a stretch.
This is a personal opinion. I do not want to get into political argument with anyone regarding the former senator’s name being attached to the airport where he was shot while coming back from self-exile more than 30 years ago.
Even airport manager Ed Monreal had to issue a disclaimer so that he would not get enmeshed in a political fray.
“The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) leaves it to the wisdom of our legislators to determine the value of the petition. It is not within the purview of our mandate to give any reaction to this initiative.”
Call me a sentimental fool but MIA has a nice ring to it.
Gadon mentioned three reason behind his proposal to go back to MIA. I do not want to repeat them here because it’s all over the papers and the airwaves.
Yours truly will simply follow Gadon’s argument that he filed the petition based upon the Revision Guidelines on the Naming and Renaming of streets, public schools, plazas, building, bridges, and other public structures.
“It’s against the law which states that naming of establishments or public places after dead personalities requires a 10-year prescription period. Ninoy died in 1983 but they already changed MIA’s name in 1987.”
Gadon filed a petition that was based upon the Revision Guidelines on the Naming and Renaming of streets, public schools, plazas, building, bridges, and other public structures.