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What’s in a Name?

I’m already 20ish (Point of denial), and still family and friends call me “Honey.” A lot of people ask me why I’m called as such. I would laugh and tell them “It’s because I’m sweet.” (and I do see some people spurt out the soda they’re drinking every time I give them that reason….and it is fun to wait for them to start drinking something before I say that). I did ask my mom why they gave me such a nickname and she told me, originally, my nick was supposed to be spelled as “Hanie” taken from my real name “StepHANIE.” But, people started writing and pronouncing my name as “Honey,” ergo, the current spelling and pronunciation. So, how does it feel to be called “Honey” all the time? Hmm…good question, I should also ask the women with nicknames such as Darling, Langga, Sugar, Sweet and Love, right? I don’t blame my parents for it, in fact, I’m still thankful that they did not give me a name having the combination of both their names such as “Salvalinda” (Salvador + Rosalinda) or “Doling” (Doring and Linda) …. Although it would sound awkward, but ..hehe… those two names will still be better than having parents with names Lorna and Bebot (Lobot) or that of Samuel and Angging (Saging)…. Or have a mixed-breed puppy of a Bulldog and a Shitzu … oh, sorry, I’m getting carried away here. Anyway, at this age, it does feel kind of weird to be called “Honey,” especially by the guys (I should email Honey De Leon of PCSO…I want to hear her sentiments…hehehe). Hey, I’ve had guy friends who were brutally beaten up by their girlfriends for texting me using my nickname or for having my nickname in their phonebooks. For several times also, people thought I was already married or was in a relationship because my guy friends would call me Honey too. (Gasp! Now I know why I still have not found the love of my life!!!!! Cruel world! I think I SHOULD start blaming my parents for giving me this nickname!!) I’m still using my nickname though. A lot of the people in the IT industry know me now as Honey Caragos of Syntactics and I can’t stand it when my good friends call me “Stephanie,” coz it begins to sound too ….impersonal and distant.. hehe… I’m happy with my name. I’m contented with it and yeah … people do say I’m sweet! And that being the case, I mean, you know, me being sweet all my life, you can always return the favor and Send a Valentine’s Day gift to me and cheer me up this coming fateful firing range day……Lol… better yet, help me not lose my bet with Aileen!!

About The Author


Stephanie Caragos is the President & CEO of the 19 year running IT Company, Syntactics, Inc. and is the founder of, a program and initiative that envisions in helping young Filipinos hone their skills in IT and increase their chances of getting stable and profitable jobs. She is also the founder of Syntactics PINK (Promoting Innovation Networking and Knowledge) for women to encourage and empower more women in IT and to encourage the younger generation of women take up STEM. She is a speaker and mentor in various Startup, Online Marketing, Web, ICT and ICT businesses related seminars and talks and works tirelessly in finding innovative ways of marketing online for clients. She is also a staunch supporter of Filipino Small and Medium Enterprises as she continues to develop products and services that would benefit SMEs as well as help them increase their success rate in using technology in business. Stephanie is currently the president of the CDO ICT Business Council and works with the members and stakeholders in the city in promoting ICT to support more startups and create more jobs in the city. She also currently serves as a director for the Eisenhower Fellowship Association of the Philippines. She has completed her Eisenhower Fellowship and was awarded as the Douglas Dillon Named Fellow for the year 2016 and recently completed her term as National President for the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines last 2017.

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  1. This was so hilarious! Hahahahha!


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