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Batangas: Missing syllable mystery

Posted by Mai on May 15th, 2008

The Manila Times Internet Edition
Batangas: Missing syllable mystery

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By Go Bon Juan

I’ve always wondered why the local Chinese media call “Batangas” Ba-tang-an. The Chinese translate names of places by choosing Chinese characters that sound like the local name. So if the local name has two syllables, two Chinese characters are used.

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