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Neen Tribune: The Name Game
A strange name has its unexpected advantages. "Sometimes it helps with the ladies," says Hitler Manila, a smile flashing beneath his thick mustache. "It's a memorable name, you know. But mostly, being called Hitler stops people mistaking me for somebody else." And that is no small matter here in the Philippines.
But foreigners aren't always prepared for it. Once, while on vacation on Boracay Island, south of the Philippine capital, Mr. Manila and a group of colleagues were shooting pool with some visiting Germans. The games began cordially enough. Then Mr. Manila wrote his name on the blackboard to signify that he had the next game. "They wouldn't believe that my name was Hitler," he says. Things were tense until Mr. Manila pulled out his driver's license as proof.
Now, Mr. Manila has decided to "carry on the tradition." He recently named his two sons Himmler and Hess, after Heinrich and Rudolf, two of Hitler's henchmen.