Know more about Ilonggos of Zamboanga City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 July 2014 02:10

Today, masadya gid (happy) in Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park. Local Ilonggos who came from Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Negroas Occidental, Antique, and Guimaras will gather today here for a general membership assembly and fellowship. This is being organized by Circulo ZICANA, a local association of Ilonggos residing in Zamboanga City.

The purpose of this event, according to ZICANA president Dr. Nida Tan, is to unite all Ilonggos in this city. There are already many Ilonggos who resided in this city, married locals,  and are occupying high position in government offices, professionals, and have their own successful business. This is the time for them to know each other, Dr. Tan said.

Though I grew up in Zamboanga City, I was born in Jaro, Iloilo City the birthplace of my father. And I am proud to say that I am  a G.I. (Genuine Ilonggo).

Here’s a brief trivia I got from Facebook account Ilonggo about this dialect. Hiligaynon, often referred to as Ilonggo, is an Austronesian language spoken in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.

Hiligaynon is concentrated in the provinces of IloiloNegros OccidentalGuimarasand Capiz, but is also spoken in the other provinces of Panay Island, including Negros OrientalAntique and Aklan, and in many parts of Mindanao such as Koronadal City,South CotabatoSultan Kudarat and in other parts of North Cotabato. It is also spoken as a second language by Karay-a speakers in Antique, Aklanon and Malaynonspeakers in Aklan, and Capiznon speakers in Capiz.

It is a member of the Visayan language family. The language is also often referred to as Ilonggo (Spanish: ilongo) in Iloilo and in Negros Occidental. Many argue, however, that this is an incorrect usage of the word "Ilonggo." In precise usage, "Ilonggo" should only be used in relation to the ethnolinguistic group that are native inhabitants of Iloilo and the culture associated with native Hiligaynon speakers, they argue. The disagreement over the usage of "Ilonggo" to refer to the language extends to Philippine language specialists and native laymen.

Historical evidences from observations of early Spanish explorers in the Archipelago point out to the fact that the nomenclature used to refer to this language had its origin among the people of the coasts or people of the Ilawod ("los [naturales] de la playa"), whom Loarca called Yligueynes (or the more popular term Hiligaynon, also referred to by the Karay-a people as "Siná"). In contrast, the "Kinaray-a" has been used by what the Spanish colonizers called Arayas, which is most probably a Spanish misconception (as they often misinterpreted what they heard from the natives) of the Hiligaynon words Iraya or taga-Iraya, or the current and more popular version Karay-a (highlanders - people of Iraya [highlands]).

If you’re an Ilonggo, loves an Ilonggo, or who knows an Ilonggo, please join the ZICANA event today. It will start at 9am and ends at 5 pm. There will be games, bingo, prizes, and other surprises. No contribution. Bring your own food of if not, a P150 pack lunch from Cecile’s Catering will be available.

1 Peter 3:8 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. “

By: Dante Corteza


Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 11:36