Why not Tacloban?
I read with interest the piece of Tony Oposa Jr. in the December 8 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
I would like to suggest a Filipino name for storm surge. Let us call it “Tacloban.” Tacloban literally means “to cover.”
At the height of Typhoon “Yolanda,” the storm surge covered vast tracks of land in Tacloban. Besides, Tacloban is now well-known internationally.
The earthquake-generated wave is called “tsunami,” which is a Japanese word. Why not Tacloban for storm surge? It will be our contribution to the world.
(Eduardo C. Arrojado, who holds a Ph.D. in educational management, is a civil engineer and a fellow of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines.)
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