Zambo marks Dia de Fundacion Chavacano PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:21

Today, June 23 marks the birth of the chavacano language in Zamboanga pursuant to Ordinance 374 designating every 23rd of June as the Dia de Fundacion Chavacano.

Aimed to celebrate culture and history, the ceremony will kick off with a program at the Plaza Rizal starting at 8am with Mayor Beng Climaco and members of the City Council spearheading the activity.

Highlighting the celebration will be three competitions centered on the chavacano language- the Chavacano Debate Exhibition at 1pm at the PIO Press Briefing Room and the Battle of the Bands and the Awarding of Cine Chavacano film and animation festival at 7pm at Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar.

Entries to the film festival will also be screened at the Cinematheque Zamboanga from June 23-28 with the following screening schedules- 10am, 12nn, 2pm and 4pm.

The Dia de Fundacion de Chavacano celebrates the founding of the Chavacano language and recognizes its role as one of the pillars of the Zamboangueño culture.

By virtue of Ordinance 374, the Dia de Fundacion is held every 23rd of June and highlighted by activities that f ocus, emphasize, and celebrate the continuing legacy of the Chavacano language. It aims to preserve and promote the usage of Chavacano, including its culture and heritage, by all residents and new settlers.

The Chavacano language dates back to June 23, 1635, when the cornerstone of Fort Pilar, originally known as the Fuerza de San Jose, was first laid. A Spanish derivative, the Chavacano was born when construction workers from Cavite, Cebu, Iloilo were brought in to build the Fort along with the Subanon, Lutaos, Sama, and other local natives.

The need to communicate with each other and their Spanish employers resulted in the evolution of a new Spanish-based dialect, the Chavacano. — Sheila Covarrubias