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Mahal ~ meaning, "love" in Tagalog (one of the many languages in the Philippines)

Article by Marilyn R. Sourgose

Our first two children are Mahal Tausi, daughter - 4-years old, and Hurao Shaun, son 3-years old. My ethnicity is Filipino, and my husband's is Chamoru (from Guam). We wanted to have unique names for our kids. When we found out that our first baby would be a girl, we chose Mahal which means "love" in Tagalog (one of the many languages in the Philippines). Though I have never been there and was born and raised here, I wanted her to have this name. My grandmother always calls us (her grandchildren) that even today. We chose Tausi as her middle name. In Guam, tasi means "ocean"--we love the ocean!

For our son's name, we chose Hurao which is the name of one of Guam's chiefs from a long time ago. We thought it was a strong name. His middle name is my husband's name, but spelled with a "u" instead of a "w".

For our little one on the way, we have picked out these names. If baby is a girl, her name will be Malaya Marie. Malaya in tagalog means "freedom" and Marie is to honor our mothers, both named Marie. If baby is a boy, his name will be Charles Kapuah Rey . . . Charles and Rey to honor our fathers, and we will call him Kapuah, another chief from Guam.

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