By BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 02:51:00 09/04/2014
Naval is pronounced an Na.VAL, not nay.val.
We use the Spanish pronunciation of Naval, which is stressed on the second syllable (Na.VAL), for the name of our town, which goes back to the late 1800s. The Naval in the name of the institute that was elevated to university status refers solely to the town where it was established. Using the English pronunciation of the word (NAY.val) provides a qualitatively different meaning (geographical feature) that replaces the one intended in the legislation (just place-name). We should use the older pronunciation of the word.