As I was working on another article it occurred to me, as it often does, that I never quite know how to refer to this little island off the coast of Davao. Seems my preference is Samal Island. I’m not sure if I prefer that because it’s a little easier to type than the Island Garden City of Samal, or if it just sounds more natural. The Island Garden City of Samal is official, though, and I certainly want to make sure I represent that.

Most everyone knows that that Samal Island changed it’s name due to the three largest municipalities, Babak, Kaputian and Penaplata (Samal) incorporating the entire island into one city. So you end up with Samal Island not only being an island but also a city. I’m pretty sure if they tried they could have come up with a name that was slightly less cumbersome. Abbreviating it hardly helps, as IGaCoS doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue either.

When it comes down to it Samal is even easier and I like to throw that in there, especially if I’ve referred to Samal Island or the Island Garden City of Samal previously. That could possibly be confusing, as there is a city in the Philippines called Samal. Since my blog is about Samal Island, I figure I can get away with it and everyone knows what I’m talking about.

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What’s your preference, or do you think it doesn’t really matter?