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It's Legal To Keep Your Maiden Name After Marriage: Will You Do It?
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  • It is a fact — and legal — that Pinays can keep their maiden name when they get married. The law says, “A married woman has the option, but not a duty, to use the surname of the husband.”

    Under Article 370 of the Civil Code of the Philippines, married women have the option to use any of the following:

    • Her maiden first name and surname and add her husband’s surname
    • Her maiden first name and her husband’s surname
    • Her husband’s full name, but prefixing a word indicating that she is his wife, such as “Mrs”

    Will you stick to your maiden name after marriage?

    We wondered if Filipino women would forgo their husband's surname knowing what they do now. We asked the question on our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village, and the moms shared their thoughts.

    These moms say they will still use their husband’s name

    “Magpapalit pa rin ako. No regrets. The moment I got married, I accepted the fact that I’m not the same person anymore. May asawa na ako -- kahati at kasama sa lahat ng bagay.” - Donna J.

    “I will change pa rin. It is my choice, anyway. And I want that seen even in legal documents…Yes, hassle minsan and nakakapagod mag-asikaso ng change of name sa lahat ng government IDs, passport, etc., pero okay lang kasi expected na ‘yun.” - Abby S.

    “I was super aware of this ‘nung kinasal ako. Pero I still changed it kasi it felt as if we were one unit and family talaga. Ayoko maiba kasi feel ko hindi ako kasal sa kaniya. Ang weird kasi ng married kayo and pag-submit niyo ng IDs, magkaiba ‘yung last name.” - Jianne A.

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    “I was not supposed to change it. Kaya lang hindi lahat same ng prinsipyo ko. Especially with the kids, kukuha ako ng passport nila, need din ng passport ID ko. Sa school nila, pag need ng ID ko, bakit hindi ko sila ka-apelyido? Kaya to protect my kids from the malicious minds of other people, I changed my last name.” - Lualhati P.

    “I will still choose my hubby’s last name. It is my first tangible act of my submission to his authority. It is not because of his pride, but love, respect, and trust. He is accountable for me...It does not mean I am less able but rather, I met someone whom I love and trust enough to lead me.” -  Jomille B.

    “Magpapalit pa rin. Convenient kasi sa mga documents like visa, if balak mag migrate ng whole family. Also, claims and beneficiaries sa mga insurance, government agencies.” -  Jem C.

    “I had the opportunity to use my maiden name when we got married last 2007. Until 2012 came and I needed to renew my passport na and need to go back home sa ‘Pinas.” - Gherly J.

    “I got married 2017, uso na ‘tong law na ito. In my legal documents, I am use husband’s last name. But it appears hyphenated with my maiden name para dama pa rin ng tatay ko na mahal ko siya. I don’t mind having his [husband] last name.” - Celene AZ

    “Initially, I wanted to keep my maiden last name because I wanted to hold on to something that will remind me of my independence. And in the same way, I wanted to honor the woman I’ve become. But later on, I decided to add my husband’s as a gift. I take it as an opportunity to educate others that married women have these options, and that it is in the law.” - Myra ED

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    These moms share why they prefer to use their maiden name even as married women

    “Mas okay na ‘wag na. Hassle mag-process, kaso ang daming tanong. Married tapos maiden name ang gamit. Pero may ID ako na married, may ID na single. May bills at bank account na married, meron din na single.” - Maria N.

    “Thanks to my ex-husband, he told me not to change my last name. I was a little upset but truly grateful after I divorced him. It would be so hard to change everything. I learned so much from my first marriage” - Tin L.

    “I have not, and my husband respects my decision. He knows the law kasi. I have to retain my last name sa PRC ko, and I got the license when I was single. I changed my last name sa UMID para may magamit pa rin. I think it's more of records lang naman ‘yun… shouldn't be big deal. What's important is, mapanindigan ang marriage at nagtutulungan sa lahat ng bagay para sa pamilya.” - Genevieve L.

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