More, more, more Chabacano song festivals PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 09:44

If it were held on a weekend, there could have been more audience last June 23, Monday, for the “Concurso de Band” battle of the band in Chabacano. Nevertheless, it was a successful musical event because 15 local bands participated and sang upbeat original Chabacano songs we can be proud of. I am not really a musically inclined person, how I wish the song entries can be compiled in one album for people to appreciate. 

Thanks to the City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez the program went smoothly. Her office coordinated this event as the culminating program of the 3rd Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano celebration. Since it is slated to be commemorated every 23rd of June, I suggested to Zamboanga City Councilor VP Elago who authored the city ordinance for the city to commemorate Chabacano language foundation, to amend and move it to every 3rd Saturday of June. This way it will fall on a weekend so that more people can attend.

Earlier, Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Salazar dropped by and gave a short inspiring message. The Mayor really awes me where she gets her energy. From early morning flag raising ceremony at City Hall to late evening, I can sense she always makes it a point to attend to her commitments as much as possible even for a few minutes. Unlike most of our City Councilors, we seldom see them together now in city activities after the election. They only show up as one group when election is coming, one city administration official who was there retorted. I am glad to see Zamboanga City Councilor Elong Natividad was there.

The band, Project 27, wowed the crowd and impressed the judges with their original piece entitled “Viaje”, and won P10,000 in cash prize. Cheeze de Sal’s “Chene Duenyo” and Flashback’s “Chene Pa Manyana” place second and third places bringing home P7,000 and P5,000, respectively. A consolation prize of P2,000 were given to non-winning bands. The judges were Mikko Sebastian, Sirlord Lumibao, and Erwin Atilano.
The Concurso de Banda is one of the highlights of the 3rd Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano, a commemoration and celebration of the city’s local language. It seeks to promote the Chabacano language through music as well as support local talents. Next year, let’s hope it will be a bigger event with more Chabacano related activities to show how much we value our own dialect which is considered actually as one distinct language existing today. Let’s preserve Chabacano with more song festivals.


By Dante Corteza

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