PAGASA's 'Nona' replacement poll gets funny responses

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration wants to replace "Nona" in the list of cyclones in the Philippine area of responsibility.


It's probably because of the severe damage the typhoon—one of the most destructive cyclones that hit the country in 2015—caused.

So the state weather bureau decided to conduct a Facebook poll to find out what netizens want.

"NONA will no longer be used by PAGASA and now looking for a replacement !!! Suggestions are now welcome," PAGASA posted Wednesday, January 6.

"Past tropical cyclone names starting with letter N: NENENG, NANDO, NINA, NONOY, NANANG, NINGNING, NORMING, NARSING, NANING, NITANG, NORA, NANCY, NADINE, and NELLY," it added.

"The most engaging name will be the replacement for Nona."


Netizens poked fun at the poll as they suggested funny names to replace "Nona." The response was crazy.

Among the suggestions are NOGNOG (apparently referring to Vice President Jejomar Binay), NOMNOM, NGANGA, NONAL, NONITO (referring to Filipino boxing champ Nonito Donaire), NINONG, NARDA, NIDORA, and NANA.

Here are screenshots of the hilarious comments:


A few Facebook users discussed the topic in a serious manner.

Jaw Mar Do-roll Undo-lan asked, "What's the point or rather the reason of replacement?? Will it contribute to weaken the typhoon?? C'mmon!!"

"Don't be like 'hihina ba ang bagyo pag pinalitan nila ng pangalan?'. Nah! It's not like that. They do it for statistical purpose so that to avoid any confusions in the gathered data especially in the future use," Mark Oliver answered.

"In order to avoid confusion and misunderstanding, I honestly think that it is about time for PAGASA to drop the local naming system in favor of the international naming system that it signed alongside its counterparts in the Western Pacific," Benedict Exconde commented.

"Why don't we just use the international names of the typhoons? Less confusion," Maria Luz Quipse Galia suggested.

"Use the international name. Saves you guys the trouble of naming one," Nicko Miles Uy added.