WE’VE ALL heard a joke or two about names like Mary Chris Mas, Washington Dy Sy, and Edgar Allan Pe. What about the Japanese girl named Taeko who married an American and became Taeko Brown? In Naga, a couple nicknamed their children Adobo, Menudo, and Igado (an Ilocano dish). We get a good laugh from it, but those who have to bear the unusual names are not laughing. Fortunately, the law provides a way out.