3rd Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano set June 23 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 11:39

The City Government has lined up activities for the commemoration of the 3rd Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano, marking the day when the chabacano language first came to being.

The day-long activity is set on June 23, Monday kicking off with a parade from Ledesma Street to Plaza Pershing starting at 7:30am to be participated by national government agencies, City Government departments, schools and barangays.

The commemorative program will follow right after the City Hall flag raising ceremony at 8am at Plaza Rizal. Councilor VP Elago, author of Ordinance 374 that sets June 23 every year as Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano, will give a message.

Mayor Beng Climaco will give the inspirational message.

In the afternoon, the celebration will start with the mass at 5pm at the Fort Pilar Shrine and will be capped by the Concurso de Bandas or battle of the bands at the open stage of Paseo del Mar.

Chabacano traces its roots to the laying of the first cornerstone of the Fort Pilar on June 23, 1635. Chabacano “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% Espanol and 40% native words and survived to this very day.”

The activities are organized by the City Tourism Division under the Office of the City Mayor. — Sheila Covarrubias