Beng reaffirms commitment to chabacano preservation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 12:47

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday spearheaded the observance of the 3rd Dia de Fundacion Chabacano as she reaffirmed commitment to efforts to preserve and promote the chabacano language.

“Quita ta esta fiel na di aton deseo para preserva y conserva con el di aton unico lenguaje que bien bonito para oi y conversa, (We remain firm in our desire to preserve our unique language which is very pleasing to listen and to speak),” Climaco articulated.

In her message during the commemorative program coinciding with the flag raising ceremony of City Government employees Monday morning, the chief executive dedicated her message to two-time Palanca-Award Grand prize winning novelist and short story writer Antonio Reyes Enriquez who passed away in Cagayan de Oro City Saturday, June 14 due to complications arising from diabetes.

“Ta honora quita su memoria por su contribucion y orgullo para adverti el lenguaje por medio de su obra maestra,” she said.

She urged on all residents—natives or naturalized Zamboangueños alike to speak and converse in chabacano as this is the principal language of Zamboanga. “Precura quita preserva y conserva y dale quita el respeto con el lengua propio”.

The mayor likewise recognized the efforts of Councilor VP Elago, principal author of Ordinance 374 which designates June 23 of every year as the Dia de Fundacion Chabacano commemorating the birth of the chabacano language in Zamboanga in 1635.

Aside from the enactment of ordinances, the City Government also approved resolutions and issued executive orders pertaining to the promotion, preservation and propagation of the chabacano language.

For his part, Councilor Elago said also cited the need for residents of Zamboanga to help intensify efforts to preserve and promote chabacano and ensure that it remains alive until the next generations to come.

Zamboanga City, a melting pot of cultures and people, welcomes all those who visit and wish to stay in the City. However, Elago said, people should learn to speak and converse in chabacano, the primary language of Zamboanga.

The celebration of Dia de Fundacion culminated last night with the Concurso de Banda at the Paseo del Mar with  16 participants.

Now on its third year, the observance of the Dia de Fundacion de Chabacano was graced by well-meaning individuals and groups that are one with the local government in promoting, preserving and propagating chabacano. These include Prof. Bert Torres, Prof. Norma Conti and members of the Zamboanga de Antes, Councilors Eddie Saavedra, Rodolfo Bayot, former vice mayor Roberto Lim, City Police OIC Director PSSupt. Angelito Casimiro, representatives from the Western Mindanao Command, Task Force Zamboanga, 11th Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) led by Lt. Col. Nestor Narag, Jr. Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and other branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Department of Education led by OIC Division of City Schools Superintendent Pedro Natividad and national and local government agencies including City Department heads led by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. — Sheila Covarrubias