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How Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte Got It's Name

There are many legends about how places in the Philippines got their names. Here is one story about a town where I spent most of my childhood at. The place is a small town in the southern coast of Zamboanga del Norte. It is called Siocon and here's the story on how it got it's present name.

How Siocon Zamboanga del Norte Philippines got its name
Seal of the Municipality of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines


During the Spanish colonial era, Spaniards were in town and they asked a native some questions, probably asking for the name of the place or what not. Siocon at that time was inhabited by the Subanen tribe. The Spaniards of course spoke Spanish, a language that Subanen did not at all understand as this is most likely the first time they encountered the Europeans. In an attempt to clarify, the native who was asked replied with a query of his own in his native tongue: "Siokun?" which translates to "pardon me" or "what did you say" in Subanen. And so the Spaniards thought he was referring to the name of the place. Hence the name of the place became Siocon as the spelling was romanticized.
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