ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 21 –- The city government is spearheading the first commemoration of the “Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano” on Saturday, June 23.
The commemoration is in line with City Ordinance No. 374, declaring every June 23 of each year as the Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano.
Highlighting the commemoration is the “Noche Cultural” that would be held at the courtyard of the National Museum-Zamboanga Branch from 7 p.m. Saturday.
The Noche Cultural will feature the Bailes de Buena Barba, Bantayanon, and Juego de Antes.
Mayor Celso Lobregat, in line with the commemoration, has issued Executive Order No. CL 459-2012 enjoining the residents of this city and the entire Zamboangueño community to speak Chabacano in all schools and colleges, all government offices and private establishments in the City of Zamboanga on June 23 to continue to foster, preserve, perpetuate and promote “our very own unique, rich and distinctive local culture and language.”
“Chabacano traces its roots to the laying of the cornerstone of “Fuerza de San Jose” on June 23, 1635, which, in 1719, was renamed as “Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza” (Fort Pilar). June 23 is, thus, celebrated in the City of Zamboanga as the Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano,” Lobregat stated in his EO.
The Chabacano language was “borne out of necessity of an admixture of tribes, races and culture” and out of it evolved a distinct language that is predominantly Spanish in origin with at least 60 percent Español and 40 percent native words and survived to this very day.
“The Chabacano language is indeed a true reflection of our rich culture and a testimony of our heritage and our link to the meaningful and colorful past,” Lobregat said.
“This is precisely what sets Zamboangueños apart from the rest of the Filipino people, living in a paradise branded as “Asia’s Latin City,” Lobregat added. (PNA)