For years, a lot of people have used the nickname “The PI” when referring to the Philippines. Technically, this name was correct when the Philippines was under the control of either Spain or the United States. However, when the Philippines gained it’s Independence after World War II, the name of the country became the “Republic of the Philippines.”
The term “PI,” though, is still widely used. But, did you know that it is a term that is not much appreciated by many Filipinos? As it has been explained to me, this is because the term goes back to the years before the Philippines became a legitimate country of it’s own. It brings back memories of colonization, foreign control and unpleasant memories.
Personally, I have used the term “The PI” before, but I have not used it in many years, because a number of Filipinos have explained to me that it is not the proper term that should be used in naming the place.
So, what should the Philippines be called, properly?
“The Republic of the Philippines”
For me, I generally just say “The Philippines.” If I am writing, I will sometimes use “The RP” to abbreviate, though. Honestly, I have heard enough talk from Filipinos about “The PI” and heard their distaste for the term enough, that I never use the term any longer. When I hear others say it, or see people use the term in their comments on websites, I shudder a bit, because I feel bad about it.
That said, I have also heard Filipinos use the term “The PI” (although not very many of them). I would be interested in hearing comments from Filipinos on how they feel about this issue. Do you care if people say “The PI?” Do you say it? What is your preference of what people should call the country?