It’s not what it looks like.
A name of a barangay or village in Maguindanao del Sur earned attention on a Philippine subreddit forum after online users associated its name with the chief adversary of God.
A Reddit user shared a screenshot of a Google Map image that featured location tags such as Satan Elementary School, Barangay Health Center of Satan and Satan Primary School.
“We have [a] barangay named Satan,” Redditor u/golem12121.
The post has been upvoted at 99%. It has also expectedly amassed various comments from other Filipino Redditors.
“I guess ‘yung daan [diyan] is called Highway to Hell,” a Pinoy commented, referencing a song title of Australian rock band AC/DC.
“Well, there goes my hometown,” another Redditor joked.
“‘Bruh, who named this place?'” wrote a different Pinoy.
Others, however, were closer to the truth.
“Maguindanao del Sur?” a Redditor commented.
“Probably pronounced ‘Sat-an,'” another Reddit user wrote.
Barangay Satan is a real place, specifically located in the municipality of Shariff Aguak, a province in Maguindanao del Sur in the southern Philippines.
Videos from news reports indicate the barangay’s name is pronounced as “Sah-tan,” similar to how the word “ratan” is pronounced.
Here are examples of how the barangay name should be pronounced, according to the reports of ABS-CBN and News5.
Meanwhile, the chief enemy of God has his name pronounced as “Sey-tan.”