Panay is said to have come from “Hay pan!” (literally “There is bread!”)

Etiological legend says, to borrow the phrase of respected art historian Fr. Rene Galende, that when the Spaniards (Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and co.) scoured the nearby islands for food (they were near starvation in Cebu, their first official settlement), they discovered this island abundant in rice. In great relief and joy, they exclaimed “Hay pan.”

Iloilo, on the other hand, comes from Irong-Irong (meaning shaped like a nose)

I used to think it was so because the entire Panay island appears like an irong/ilong . Then I learned that it is Irong-Irong, eventually becoming Iloilo in reference to that patch of land near the mouth of Iloilo river (a delta) shaped like a nose.

9 Responses to “What’s in a name? Why Panay? Why Iloilo?”

  1. roxanne Says:

    hi! i’m so glad to find another proud ilongga. I soooo love your blog. thanks for writing about Iloilo!🙂

  2. joy Says:

    Roxanne, salamat kag nanamian ka man. that’s great encouragement to keep on writing.

  3. legleg Says:

    mahal ko iloilo =)

  4. richardtsb Says:

    pan-ay, as to how i understood it, is hiligaynon for flat terrain or plain? i saw in an account that theory in Pan-ay Capiz. I guess it is more appropriate that a local term described the place, and made its perpetuation


  5. Montessori Kindergarten

    Sie wurde von der Universitt Amsterdam mit dem Ehrendoktor und als auerordentliche Hochschulprofessorin gewrdigt und mit dem Orden von Oranien und Nassau ausgezeichnet.

  6. inday hami Says:

    Hallo,
    Ich bin eine Freundin von Joy und sie hat mich gefragt, ob ich Ihre Mail verstehen kann. Ich bin ja nicht so sicher, ob diese Mail wirklich fuer sie ist. Deshalb habe ich fuer sie geantwortet.

    Die Joy (und auch ich) sind sicherlich Hochschulprofessorinen von der Universitaet von den Philippinen (UP Visayas), aber wir haben keinen Konnektionen mit Amsterdam, oder mit dem Orden von Oranien und Nassau. Deshalb wundern wir sich ueber dieses Brief.

    Wir wollte vielleicht eine Erklaerung von Sie. Danke vielmals fuer Ihre Interresse.

    Joy und May

  7. Inday Hami Says:

    Nochmals, entschuldigung, Ich habe gemeint “Wir wollten vielliecht eine Erklaerung von Ihnen.”
    Jetzt klingt es vielleicht besser🙂
    die selbe

  8. jon irish aquino Says:

    i really enjoyed reading the articles in this site… the site shows the real beauty of panay, though i’ve gone all around the said place, i realized that i dont know well the place yet.

    more power and Gbu.

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Panay is said to have come from “Hay pan!” (literally “There is bread!”)

Etiological legend says, to borrow the phrase of respected art historian Fr. Rene Galende, that when the Spaniards (Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and co.) scoured the nearby islands for food (they were near starvation in Cebu, their first official settlement), they discovered this island abundant in rice. In great relief and joy, they exclaimed “Hay pan.” (more…)

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