When your nick is longer than your name

Ponkie, Pongky, Pongkee, Pongkie. It’s actually Ponky.

I noticed that my friends’ Christmas and New Year greetings sent through SMS included my nickname, “Ponky.” During this holiday season, I came across several versions of my name (which I found cute). Anyway, this instance has led me to make a quick research on the etymology of the epic “Ponky” nickname my dad gave me. The only thing I know is that he was one of my dad’s favorite local basketball players – Alejo “Ponky” Alolor.

Of course, the first thing I did was type his name on the search box of Facebook (and I found this very stalker-like). Voila! I found his account. Next stop, Wikipedia, and I found a list of Philippine Basketball Association players with his name and stats included in it. Alolor played for Mariwasa, Great Taste, Alaska, Pure Foods, 7Up and Ginebra. A few results came out when I searched for his name in Google and Flickr. A discussion board topic was even dedicated to him and many were interested in what has become of him after his PBA stint.

Dad isn’t disappointed when I didn’t become a basketball star. He himself isn’t that into the game and the craziest thing he did for PBA is to religiously watch the games on TV, but still, he managed to give his first born son a nickname of a basketball star (I wonder why he didn’t pick an NBA star.)

I have a lot of “Ponky” stories to tell. When I was in pre-school, I thought my middle initial (which is, incidentally, letter P) meant Ponky. In school (from grade school to college), I only use my real name and only a few of my friends know my nickname. Since only a few people know my nickname, it became a ‘term of endearment’ for those who are close to me.

Even though it’s one letter longer than my real name, I love it.

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